Communication

Welcome to the new normal!

Just like children travelling a long distance in a car have a habit of saying ‘Are we there yet?’, many of us are now asking whether we’ve survived the COVID-19 storm and whether things are now going to get back to normal. However just today, parts of Brisbane enter a three-day lockdown after recording 10 new cases of coronavirus and masks are suddenly mandatory across all of Queensland. In… Read more »Welcome to the new normal!

How to use graphs to tell your story

There are several types of graphs (such as bar charts, pie charts and the simple line graphs), but which is the best one to tell your story? Or do you think you can easily swap between one and another? Spoiler alert: you can, but shouldn’t! In today’s post we are going to walk you through the different types of graphs and the rules of thumb regarding the effective use… Read more »How to use graphs to tell your story

Use prequestions and boost the learning from your videos

What’s one thing you could do to boost the learning from your short videos? Seriously, stop for a moment and think about it. What could you do if you wanted the viewers of your videos to better remember your content? There’s been a huge increase in the use of short videos for getting our extension messages across to our target audiences. Most people prefer to watch short videos, especially… Read more »Use prequestions and boost the learning from your videos

Top five podcasts for enablers of change

While there are many podcasts for farmers, such as those from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat & Livestock Australia, and Beef + Lamb New Zealand, there are not many about the practice of extension for enablers of change. In today’s post we’re going to explore the top five podcasts we reckon are worth listening to! Sadly there were a few podcasts for extension practitioners, but they seem… Read more »Top five podcasts for enablers of change

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!

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

Top five blogs for enablers of change

Does anyone remember when blogs became a thing? They’ve been around for a while now and we think there are some good ones for enablers of change. So today’s post is our list of the top five blogs for enablers of change.  The first one on our list is by Les Robinson. Les lives near Sydney and has been involved with community change and facilitation for a number of… Read more »Top five blogs for enablers of change

Stop shouting at me… the excessive use of capitals and other readability issues

In today’s episode we’re sharing one of John’s pet peeves with you… we’re going to talk all about capitalisation, fonts and layouts that reduce readability and comprehension.   Like us, you probably put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into a well-written article. Whether it be a fact sheet, a case study or a simple newsletter article, all your effort can be undermined by how you actually print the words… Read more »Stop shouting at me… the excessive use of capitals and other readability issues

Top five journal articles for enablers of change

In today’s blog post we’re going to take you through our top five journal articles for enablers of change. Why do we think journal articles are important? Well it’s because effective enablers of change use research to inform what we do. Journal articles are helpful and can offer ideas we may not have thought about. It’s like having an unofficial mentor to guide you! These articles have helped us,… Read more »Top five journal articles for enablers of change

Top five journals for enablers of change

As an enabler of change, keeping up with the latest research and practice is important. But we don’t always have lots of spare time for reading. There are lots of journals out there, but some seem more likely than others to deliver articles that inspire our thinking and practice. So today we’re going to go through our top five journals for enablers of change! The first one has to be… Read more »Top five journals for enablers of change