Work­shops look at im­prov­ing work­places

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERA­NIA KA­RAU­RIA

Steph Hol­loway has a so­lu­tion to toxic work­places.

A body lan­guage ex­pert, Steph said the 1200 communication work­shops she has held through her busi­ness Ele­men­tal Po­ten­tial, one in 10 peo­ple was toxic.

“It’s breath­tak­ing how much dam­age they’re do­ing.”

But af­ter the work­shops those peo­ple had ei­ther changed or in one case, left the busi­ness.

Fur­ther­more, more women than men were the toxic el­e­ment in the busi­ness, Steph said.

She says her unique blend of communication tech­niques are de­signed to “stick, and cor­rect through coach­ing un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour”.

Over the past seven years Steph has spent the first 30 min­utes of ev­ery day re­search­ing the lat­est thoughts and ev­i­dence on communication.

This re­search cou­pled with the find­ings from the work­shops she held re­sulted in Steph cre­at­ing the world’s first prac­ti­cal communication model, Com­pas­sion­ate As­sertive­ness in Ac­tion (CAA).

“The model is sim­ple to un­der­stand and use and helps clients to trans­form re­la­tion­ships and busi­ness cul­ture.

“It shows how they can get what they want with­out be­ing ag­gres­sive.”

Next year Steph will take her model glob­ally to five coun­tries.

This model will be avail­able in Palmer­ston North at her two work­shops in Septem­ber; the Communication Boot­camp and Trans­form your Busi­ness.

This will be her only visit to Palmer­ston North this year and she has in­ten­tion­ally kept the work­shop num­bers to 20 in each ses­sion for max­i­mum learn­ing.

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BODY lan­guage ex­pert Steph Hol­loway.

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