Use checklists and sleep better at night!

Are you busy running so many activities that when you try to go to sleep at night, you get a nagging feeling that maybe you forgot to do something really important for tomorrow’s big event? In today’s post we’re going to explore checklists and how they can benefit us as enablers of change. John loves checklists! He finds them incredibly useful and, better still, they really do help him… Read more »Use checklists and sleep better at night!

Ouch, do you need to find a new job?

  • 12 min read
  • General

Ouch, you’ve just realised you need to look for a new job. Where do you start and what should you  make sure you do? Unfortunately as a result of COVID-19, many people are finding themselves without a job. This is often a really horrible situation, so let’s dive in and share some ideas with you. Some say the only certainties in life are death, taxes and change! That may… Read more »Ouch, do you need to find a new job?

How to manage engagement in large groups

The work Denise is currently involved with in New Zealand is centred on small group based extension. Small groups are those around the 10 to 20 people mark. Definitely no more, because then it is not a small group and people have the chance to hide and not engage! But what do you do, if your enabling change activities typically involve large groups? That’s more like 100 people, plus… Read more »How to manage engagement in large groups

Let’s mind our language!

The words we use are important. Sometimes the words we choose can do us a disservice and not communicate the message we intended. Can you think of some words and phrases you use that might be giving an unintended meaning?  Here’s a good one to start with. Let’s meet ‘face-to-face’, as we all know that’s often the most effective way to build trust and rapport. Thanks to the recent… Read more »Let’s mind our language!

A simple but effective evaluation tool… the dartboard!

  • 4 min read
  • Evaluation

Have you ever almost finished running an event, and as people are heading out the door to go home, thought to yourself—I should have checked how that session went? What one simple tool can you use to do this?  In today’s episode we’re going to explore a simple but effective evaluation tool for the enablers of change toolbox—the dartboard. As the name suggests the evaluation dartboard uses the picture… Read more »A simple but effective evaluation tool… the dartboard!

How to easily use online polls and surveys

  • 7 min read
  • Evaluation

When you’ve been invited to give a presentation and you walk out on the stage—or step up onto a wooden box at the front of a farmer’s shed—and you look into the eyes of the audience, wouldn’t it be great if you could read their minds to know just what they wanted to hear from you? No, we don’t mean some kind of science fiction mind control, but close to… Read more »How to easily use online polls and surveys

Happy 1st anniversary! The story behind this adventure story…

  • 8 min read
  • General

We launched the Enablers of Change concept at the APEN conference in Darwin on the 13th of  September 2019, so we’re celebrating our first anniversary! We know many of you are wondering what the story is behind this adventure story, and how we got here today. So happy first anniversary to us – we’ve made it through a whole year! And this is our 36th episode. That’s three dozen… Read more »Happy 1st anniversary! The story behind this adventure story…

Four top tips for newcomers to extension

  • 5 min read
  • General

If you were just starting out as a newly appointed extension agent, what advice do you wish you’d been told? In today’s episode we’re going to talk about our top tips for those of you who might be new to extension. Maybe you’re wondering, what should I try, who should I talk to, what should I read? Maybe you just need to get your teeth into your new job! Whatever… Read more »Four top tips for newcomers to extension

How to stop Post-it Notes curling and falling off

How do you stop Post-it Notes from curling up and falling off the wall you’ve just stuck them to? Post-it Notes are a common tool in the enablers of change toolkit. Yet it appears many of us do not know how to use them correctly. In today’s episode we’re going to share with you a really simple way to overcome this problem.  While Post-it Notes have been around for… Read more »How to stop Post-it Notes curling and falling off

Two little words to transform your conversations

What two little words can improve your conversations, at both work and home? They can also help you gather richer data and negotiate more effectively. Words are important and choosing the right ones can make a big difference. When we start a question with ‘Why’, it can easily take on an accusing tone. For instance “Why did you do that?” is often a good way to start a heated argument.… Read more »Two little words to transform your conversations