Category: Learn

  • When a good presentation helps everyone feel better

    No matter what your role, no matter which organisation, every time you give a presentation you are a leader. And every time you lead through a presentation, you have the opportunity to create improvements that will benefit your colleagues and your key stakeholders, while contributing to your vision.

    Health services in particular need to navigate change wisely, making sure that information, systems and processes continue to support staff and ultimately lead to the best care for patients. And collaboration needs clear communication to create successful engagement and good change.

    That’s why the Organisational Development department at Alfred Health develops staff leadership skills. Alfred Health’s programs help staff build self-awareness and the ability to look beyond the everyday to envision the future and adapt to the organisation’s changing needs.

    Alfred Health knows that developing staff’s presentation skills is a valuable investment. Education and Development Lead, Therese Christofas, says, “staff were reaching out to learn how to present in a way that is memorable so that people share the information and bring others on board.”

    Alfred Health has engaged Luke Hockley several times to deliver a 75 minute interactive workshop to staff from across the organisation. The workshops teach people how to build a powerful presentation. The workshops provide a framework that anyone can use to prepare, build and present a clear story with a strong message.

    Therese says that Luke, “puts participants at ease in a fun, warm and generous way that gives staff an alternative way of presenting.” Luke uses his own presentation of the workshop to reveal the construction of a good presentation. And participants are provided with information cards to help them reflect on and apply their new knowledge.

    Since the workshops, Therese has noticed that staff members are more confident when they are presenting. This means that the information now flows better, which makes it easier for the audience to hear the message and know how to act.

    In the end, informing and inspiring others to create improvements is the mark of a good presentation. And change for the good helps everyone feel better.

    by Cressida Bradley

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  • How to learn everyday superpowers

    What do you do when you have the passion and potential to change the world, but don’t know how to start? Maybe you have expert knowledge and a vision for a better future, but you can’t do it alone. So how do you get others to help make it happen? Do you have superhuman skills to achieve all that?

    Each year the Future Makers Fellowship welcomes change makers, political influencers, digital storytellers, social entrepreneurs and, in their words, “f**k givers” who are asking themselves exactly those questions.

    Recently I spoke to the Facilitator of the Melbourne Future Makers program, Matt Wicking, about how their program is nurturing leaders who can tell clear, compelling and informed stories that inspire their audiences to think and act.

    Matt says, “The Future Makers Fellowship has been running for 12 years. It’s a life-changing personal and professional development program that builds skills, confidence and communities.” Matt adds, “We want to inspire our participants to embody their role as resilient and positive change-makers.”

    Every graduate goes on to lead in their own way and supports each other as they create change.

    For example, there is Cameron Elliott, who is creating meaningful community with The Weekly Service, and Sally Hill who is designing and delivering purpose-driven events with Wildwon, and Ellen Sandell who is the State MP (Greens) for Melbourne, and Eyal Halamish who is giving the people more voice in our democracy with Our Say, and Katerina Kimmorley who is bringing power and light to India with Pollinate Energy.

    And for every alumnus who is running a new enterprise, or holding down a high-powered visible role like those above, there are many more who are having an impact within community groups and corporates, not-for-profits and other organisations.

    Matt explains that a significant part of the fellowship program is a week-long retreat for both the Sydney and Melbourne fellows to focus on their Media, Communication and Storytelling skills. Matt and his team have carefully assembled a welcoming space where participants feel challenged, supported and energised.

    For the last five years, Luke Hockley from Midnightsky has joined the retreat, working in groups and with individuals to help the fellows find their purpose, realise the power of storytelling, and become an authentic communicator.

    Luke uses his creative and communication experience, as well as knowledge on how to think and move in cooperation with our design in order to perform at our best. Matt observes that Luke, “gently shapes and shifts participants out of where they are, so that they can take risks in a safe and skilful way”.

    Matt says that Luke’s workshops help the participants “see their passion more clearly and get out of the messy drama and noise that we all experience”. By finding clarity in the complex, the Future Makers fellows develop life-long skills to make better decisions, spread ideas, and have a lasting impact on the world.

    Now that sounds like everyday superpowers I reckon we could all learn.

    Applications to the Future Makers Fellowship close on November 18th

     

    By Cressida Bradley

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  • What is the Alexander Technique?

    The Alexander Technique is an education process where we learn how to think and move in cooperation with our design in order to perform at our best as often as possible.

    The basic principle of the Alexander Technique is that all movement (including sitting, walking, washing the dishes, thinking, speaking, singing, problem solving…) can be performed more easily if the head is balanced well with the rest of the body.

    During a lesson with me you will learn how to:

    • Observe yourself
    • Understand how the body moves
    • Explore how your thinking impacts on your movement
    • Make choices about how you think and move

    I work with students in a few ways to explore this balance, including:

    • Conversation and discussion to explore how our thinking impacts on our movement
    • Reviewing anatomical images to ensure the image we have of our moving body is accurate
    • Using touch to help encourage a balanced relationship between head and rest of the body

    In every situation we have habitual responses. These are sometimes very helpful (like being able to tie our shoe laces) and sometimes not (like tightening our shoulders when we start to think about what we want to do with our lives). The technique helps us to see our unhelpful habits and make different choices when they emerge. If we are tightening ourselves when we think about our purpose in life then it will be harder for us to find answers to these important questions that are meaningful and sustainable.

    Get in touch if you have any further questions.

    Thanks

    Luke

    Artist, advisor, coach.
    I find the real problem, make the difficult easy
    and tell a great story.

     

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  • Busy, busy is boring.

    I can keep myself very busy. Busy, busy doing things.

    But it is only productive if I am busy doing things that move towards some bigger goal that matters to me. Without this bigger picture I get disheartened with the busy and get very bored.

    With a clear goal busy becomes productive. When this happens I get momentum. Then I start getting things done.

    Luke

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  • Uncovering healthy posture.

    Our ideas about posture are often unhelpful. Many people hear the word posture and immediately ‘sit up straight’ in order to create a look of ‘good posture’.

    If we can let this go and reimagine ‘posture’ it will help us move towards the worthy goal that sits behind this word.

    Posture is dynamic.

    Well organised movement is the goal of good posture (rather than a fixed position).There are two ways that we achieve this ‘organised movement’. Firstly we understand the mechanics of how we are designed. Secondly we invite ourselves to organise around an image that reflects this design.

    There is a particular arrangement of parts that reflects how we have been designed to sit, stand, walk and move. When this arrangement is working we are ready to move at any moment.

    Posture is dynamic.

    Luke

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