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Michelle Shippel commented on Michelle Shippel's blog post Cold, Warm, Hot...Call!
"Thank you Heather! Sometimes, the odd stuff is what works. According to Vivian Greene, life "is about learning to dance in the rain." It does not matter how ridiculous or strange our strategies are, what matters is that we managed to…"
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Heather Brown commented on Michelle Shippel's blog post Cold, Warm, Hot...Call!
"Great blog! Two really odd - but very effective - extra suggestions: 1.  Stand up when you are on the call 2.  Look into a mirror and keep the smile on the face throughout the call. Cold calling is really tough, but something we all need…"
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sylvia hammond replied to Des Squire's discussion Opinions vary – But who is right?
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Opinions vary – But who is right?

When I listen to talk radio it never ceases to amaze me how many people phone in and say the “previous caller was wrong”Communication levels in South Africa fail hopelessly for the simple reason one person fails to listen to the other and then has…See More
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Des Squire replied to Maphuthi Sekwaila's discussion EMPLOYER PAYING FOR WORK-RELATED COURSES in the group HR & Personnel Practitioners
"In my opinion employers are quite within their rights to ask employees to pay for training if they wish to do so. However it is normally done on the basis the employee will be liable if he/she should leave the company within a specific period of…"
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Learning material required - US 264314 OR 119695

Dear Skills Universe users,A client of ours need one of the following two unit standards very urgently:264314  Apply spring treatment to bowling greensOR119695  Apply fertilizers to ornamental plants and landscapesShould you have either of these two…See More
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Hi ColleguesI have came across an employer whereby employees are required to sign Acknowledgement of Debt (Course Cost) for a period ranging from 6 to 24 months. I spoke to a friend who is an Accountant and Lawyer he has a different view especially…See More
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    Opinions vary – But who is right?

    Started by Des Squire in Diversity, Culture, Ethics, Values, Morals, Equality, Race, Ethnicity. Last reply by sylvia hammond 29 minutes ago. 1 Reply

    When I listen to talk radio it never ceases to amaze me how many people phone in and say the “previous caller was wrong”Communication levels in South Africa fail hopelessly for the simple reason one person fails to listen to the other and then has…Continue

    Facilitator and Assessor for Environmental Qualifications

    Started by Rumbi James in Accreditation, training material, assessment yesterday. 0 Replies

    I facilitate and Assess the following;• Qualification 22902 - National Diploma: Environment, Training and Development Practice• Qualification 22900 – National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice• Unit Standard…Continue

    Learning Management System

    Started by Sazi Gcume in Education, ECD, Post-school Education & Training Jul 18. 0 Replies

    Good afternoon members!I would appreciate your advice on how to choose the correct Learning Management System as a training provider. I desperately need one. Any suggestions?Continue

    Expert Consultants or Trainers urgently needed.

    Started by Sam Yungana in Vacancies & Contracts for Work Jul 18. 0 Replies

    Am urgently in need of expert trainers on Municipal Water Treatment and (PSV/PRV) Operations and Maintenance. I will be very grateful if you could refer them to me. My number is 0724567777 or email:…Continue

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    POPI offers SA business the chance to clean house

    Posted by Lia Marus on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 0 Comments

    by Anne-Marié Pretorius

    The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is an opportunity for South African corporates to enforce sound business practices across the board and effectively 'clean house'. South African companies are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to information security spending but POPI encourages employers to update the aspects of business where personal information is affected, especially where many…


    Motivating employees - uphill battle or rolling stone?

    Posted by Lia Marus on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 0 Comments

    by Peter McDermott

    It's a tough time of year for employers who are struggling to motivate their employees. Generally speaking, motivated employees are more productive and more loyal (even through the tough times). A motivated workforce means less absenteeism and it's more viable financially to motivate an employee than paying the costs to replace an unmotivated one. But how do you go about motivating employees? I've done some research…


    Talent management is a vital edge in the digital agency world

    Posted by Lia Marus on July 23, 2014 at 12:30 0 Comments

    by Andre Steenekamp

    For a business that's so driven by its people, the digital agency environment is one characterised by high levels of staff turnover and burn-out. What's more, many agencies are also finding it difficult to keep their skills base up to date in an ever-evolving landscape. These realities show just how important it is for digital agencies to start thinking about talent management as a strategic priority. Management needs to take charge and understand that…


    We need to transform HR

    Posted by Lia Marus on July 22, 2014 at 8:00 1 Comment

    by Lia Marus

    The marketplace is constantly changing which begs the following question: in this fluctuating environment, how can companies succeed? The answer – said Professor Dave Ulrich at the recent Progress Conference presented by the Business Results Group in association with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) – is by changing the HR system in your company. You can ensure that your company's HR system is turned around by marrying strategic HR and HR…


    We need to improve the standard of education – fast

    Posted by Lia Marus on July 22, 2014 at 7:30 0 Comments

    by Lia Marus

    In a written reply to a parliamentary question tabled yesterday, basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, stated that nearly 12 million children are enrolled at public schools. Providing our youth with a decent education is the first step towards solving South Africa's unemployment crisis, which means we have a duty to improve the standard of education in our country. Is this happening?



    Cold, Warm, Hot...Call!

    Posted by Michelle Shippel on July 21, 2014 at 16:34 2 Comments

    Do you find that you tense up and busy yourself with odds and bobs around the office when you hear that you need to begin cold calling? Are you putting silly notions in your own head that you will not get the deal and therefore you are refraining from cold calling? Let's all take a step back and just breathe! I find that the best way to overcome this fear or negative attitude towards cold calling is to relax and put yourself in a positive space, and most importantly, try to get…



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