When did the way we communicate change?

Several months ago, when companies were thrust into lockdown at relatively short notice there was just enough time to get equipment sorted. Then the next important challenge to tackle was to ensure that everyone had access to some form of central data base, once these considerations had been taken into account, everyone concentrated on “getting the job done”. As no one knew how long this would continue for, there did not seem to be any need to start (re)defining communication strategies. As a result, many companies experienced the rise of usage of a multitude of communication channels both internally and externally. At internal level, staff resorted to methods they already knew, for example by creating WhatsApp groups, Slack channels or even in some cases Facebook groups. They needed to find a quick, efficient way of keeping in touch with colleagues. At an external level, some companies were sufficiently agile to be able to adapt to virtual methods, quickly setting up webinars to stay in touch with their client base and publishing online newsletters to share expertise and maintain interest in their products and services. Others were not able to follow suit, as their staff or internal structures were quite simply not able to adapt so quickly – and anyway “it would only be temporary…. soon everything will be back to normal”…. Several months later, most of us are still not able to attribute a clear definition to what is “normal”, but we have all come to appreciate that it definitely is not the same as it used to be. There is much talk about the “new normal” and this needs to be taken into account with respect to communication, just as is the case for personnel questions and company strategy.

[23/09/20] Webinar BrainBreakfast : Libérez du temps de cerveau avec la communication visuelle !

MindForest est heureux de vous inviter à son BrainBreakfast virtuel « Libérez du temps de cerveau avec la communication visuelle ! » qui aura lieu le mercredi 23 septembre 2020 de 9h00 à 10h00 en ligne !

Old Ways Won't Open New Doors!

Sometimes the effects of an occurrence are not immediately visible, this does not necessarily make them less important, it just means you need to take time to understand what is happening. Here is an example: on the Galapagos Islands a variety of turtle lays its eggs in the sand, it has done so for thousands of years. Every year hundreds of little turtles hatch and run down to the sea. This is still the case, at face value nothing has changed, until you learn that the temperature of the sand defines how many male and female turtles hatch. Thanks to global warming, this fine balance has been disturbed and now many more females hatch than males – so although you cannot immediately see this difference it is nevertheless there and will have a huge impact on the long-term future of this variety of turtle. This may also be the case in a workplace context. The recent crisis has sown an environment of fear; fear of the invisible, fear of the unknown, fear of what is to come.

MF Alliance Interview with Pedro Castilho, Verbalius

Pedro, could you briefly introduce yourself? I am the founder of Verbalius Sàrl, a company dedicated to executive coaching in public speaking, debating and public relations skills. As a tireless connector, I’ve been involved at board level in the International Junior Chamber and Indian Business Chamber Luxembourg and I’m currently a board member of the International School of Luxembourg and a mentor with the Incubator of the University of Luxembourg. After a career spanning two decades in banking and with 25 years experience in public speaking, I’ve made it my mission to help people to become successful public speakers.

[10/06/20] Webinar BrainBreakfast with Pedro Castilho: Presenting Online? Engage Your Audience!

In collaboration with Pedro Castilho from Verbalius, MindForest is delighted to invite you to its virtual BrainBreakfast "Presenting Online? engage Your Audience!" which will take place on 10th June 2020 from 9:00 to 10:00 online.

Communication interne et personnelle : passez au 100 % remote working !

Nous sommes passés de manière assez abrupte d’une idée du travail à distance à la pratique quotidienne. La communication digitale ne repose pas sur les codes traditionnels et ne requièrent pas les mêmes ressorts. L’enjeu est de taille : il s’agit de préserver la culture d’entreprise tout en la faisant évoluer. Nous verrons dans cet article en quoi la communication digitale est spécifique, comment l’adapter au contexte du travail à distance pour l’ensemble des équipes ainsi que les comportements à adopter pour exceller dans sa manière de communiquer virtuellement.

[22/04/20] Webinar BrainBreakfast : Communication interne et personnelle : Passez au 100% remote working !

MindForest est heureux de vous inviter à son BrainBreakfast virtuel « Communication interne et personnelle : Passez au 100% remote working ! », qui aura lieu le jeudi 22 avril 2020 de 9h00 à 10h00 en ligne !