Do you sit above or below the line of choice?
Do you take personal responsibility for your behaviour and make conscious decisions about how you respond in any given circumstance, or do you respond automatically and emotionally without thinking at all?
Watch my latest video to find out more.
Harmonie Smith is living her dream.
Earlier this year, the manager of Regal Jewellers in Moe branched out and started her own business – a Gippsland-based personal styling and image consultancy called Find Your Fabulous – Personal Styling with Harmonie.
Harmonie now works with women across the region to help them find their fabulous and feel amazing every time they get dressed.
I speak a lot about mindset in most of my workshops.
Whether it’s removing roadblocks, choosing happiness, overcoming self doubt, dealing with challenges, losing weight and getting fit, or communicating more effectively – your mindset can make or break you.
I often speak with my consulting clients about the importance of knowing their audience and communicating in a way that connects with these people.
Although the principles of good communication are the same everywhere, the audience you’re trying to reach should influence what your message is, how you deliver it, and the medium you use.
Here in Gippsland – a rural region experiencing significant challenges and change – my experience shows there’s a particular style of communication that connects.
Here are my five top tips:
1. Use plain speak – no corporate waffle or jargon. Say what you mean.
2. Don’t try to spin bad news or a negative message into a positive one. Gippslanders can smell BS a mile away. Tell it like it is. Be clear and direct. They may not like your message, but they’ll respect your honesty.
3. Be empathetic. Put yourself in their shoes and acknowledge the challenges facing the region. Empathy is everything.
4. Don’t make promises you can’t or don’t intend to keep (Gippslanders have heard it all before and have a low tolerance for grandstanding).
5. Face-to-face communication is important. You’ve got to get amongst the people. Build relationships, go to community events, speak with service clubs, walk the streets. Make a connection and your message is more likely to be heard.
For advice on how to make your message connect, contact me at email@example.com.
Leah Mether is a communications specialist and Director of Methmac Communications. She is also a proud Gippslandian and has extensive experience working with clients across a wide range of industries in the region.
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