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Resolution Ideas for Communicators

“I will become a strategic communicator in the new year”

If you want to add the word “strategic” to your communication portfolio to meet the demand of today’s organizations, it is now easier than ever. HumaNext offers opportunities to learn the key stills, and obtain the tools and templates, for becoming a strategic communicator through its online Strategic Communicator Program. To find a resource for this Click here for our new site


Resolution Ideas for Trainers

“I will start my own training business in the new year”

Or “I will become a Certified Training Facilitator in the new year”

If you have always wanted to have your own employee training business, or to dramatically enhance your facilitation skills, it is now easier than ever. HumaNext has helped hundreds of training professionals do just that. We do it by offering a complete program for "Starting My Corporate Training Business", and by offering opportunities for trainers to get trained and certified to deliver some of our most popular workshops to their internal or external clients.

And in both options we cover today’s most requested topics such as emotional intelligence, employee engagement, critical conversations, creativity & innovation, diversity & inclusion, and cross cultural competency.

You can get certified to deliver our programs to your internal or external clients either completely online . To learn more about both options, click here for our new site

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Want to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions? Use the OAKS Method

Happy New Year! Most people fail to keep their New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because usually all what they do is “declare a desire” for some future state of being, as if merely declaring this desire will automatically make it happen. A more effective way to keep your “resolutions’ is to change the way you approach the whole matter. Here is how. First, you need to stop looking at them as “resolutions”, and start approaching them as visions and plans. You “envision” the better future state you want to live or have, and then “plan” the actions needed to make it happen. I use what I call “the OAKS” method. Here is how it works:

  • O: Objective: Instead of a resolution, define a vision and Objectives for the future state you are seeking. The vision is usually broad, bold, and exciting. For example: “Starting my own business”, or: “Advancing my career in talent management or employee communication”. The vision may require one or more supporting Objectives that need to be achieved.
  • A: Actions: Here you list the actions needed to achieve each Objective or vision you have identified. For example, if your Objective was to start your own business, your actions maybe something like:
    • Define the field I need to do business in (let’s say “employee training, or communication consulting”.
    • Search the market for resources in that field.
    • Connect with the source offering what I need most.
    • Create and register a business / brand name. And so on. For each of these actions, define target dates for starting and completing it.
  • KS: Key Skills: Here you define the Key Skills you need to develop in order to achieve your vision. For example, if you want to “start your employee training business” you might need to improve your facilitation skills as well as learn new marketing skills. To “advance your career” you might need to improve your presentation skills, and so on.

With the OAKS Method, you have a much better chance to achieve your “resolutions” in the new year.

On this page are some “Resolution Ideas” for professionals in the training and communication fields.


The Philosophy Professor

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things; your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full."

"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your important possessions. And the sand is everything else; the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life." "If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem; there's always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend."

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Praise works with only three types of people; men, women, and children

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects the wind; the realist adjusts the sails. - Anonymous

The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. - Alvin Toffler

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe" - Anatole France

All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it! -Bob Newhart


Igniting Your “Back to School Spirit” at Work

  • Two periods every year ignite personal and professional renewal: Early January after returning from the New Year / Holidays vacation, and early September after returning from summer vacations. In both cases, people are back after relatively long periods of celebrations, vacations, and relaxation, usually filled with travels, visits to friends or relatives or new places. People come back from these with renewed energy, ideas, and dreams. I usually find myself returning with a lot of excitement and ideas for new programs and initiatives.
  • If you want to take advantage of this kind of energy, gather your team for a special brainstorming session to generate ideas for new programs and initiatives in your area of work or for the entire organization. It is always better to time new programs with such periods of renewal when everybody is in the spirit of starting something new and good. Ask everyone around you: What new programs do you want to see happening here? What do you want to create?