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John French is a communication strategist and communication skills coach with 20 years extensive experience in the communication industry. Contact John at or visit www.johnfrench.co.za.
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Towers Watson research study on effective communication and ROI

Companies with highly effective internal communication strategies are 3.5 times more likely to outperform their peers significantly, according to a new Change & Communication study by Towers Watson.

By John French 10 Mar 2014 09:26

Improving your presentation skills can improve your earning capacity

If you'd like to boost your earning potential in 2014, billionaire Warren Buffett has some advice for you: master the art of presenting. Buffett once told a class of business students of Columbia Business College that he would pay anyone in the room $100,000 for 10% of their future earnings. If they were great presenters, he would raise his bid by an amazing 50%! Buffet believes that excellent presentation skills makes an employee far more valuable.

By John French 10 Feb 2014 15:25

Are you a square peg in a round hole?

My first training assignment for 2014 was to train a new marketing manager in sales skills and strategy. The directors he was working for were less than happy with his sales performance and they were especially worried about his communication skills and Emotional Intelligence when it came to dealing with their valued customers.

By John French 24 Jan 2014 10:18

What are your New Years' Communication Resolutions?

It's that time of year again. January is the month when goal-oriented people reflect on the past 365 days, examine their past successes and failures and decide how this new year they CAN make things better. There is something very significant about the beginning of a new year that causes us to reflect and set goals for future self-development.

By John French 8 Jan 2014 09:50

Communication etiquette at your year-end office party

The annual office year-end party is usually where some of the craziest communication of the year takes place. Colleagues are usually beyond drained and exhausted at this time of the year and yet over-jubilant and excited at the same time.

By John French 4 Dec 2013 09:34

Poor communication costs businesses billions of rands

Poor communication costs South African businesses billions of rands every year. South Africa has a corporate communication landscape shaped by 11 official languages and a myriad of different cultures with their own ways of communicating and expressing themselves.

By John French 21 Nov 2013 09:26

Are you ready for the communication revolution?

When tsunamis hit, you can't choose to avoid the wave. Some things in life are simply bigger than us all and they sweep us away with their global power and revolutionary force. The exploding digital age is creating a communication revolution far greater than you or I could have imagined.

By John French 22 Oct 2013 10:57

Become a 'Conscious Communicator'

My mission as a communication coach is to create what I call 'Conscious Communicators'. A 'Conscious Communicator' is the term I have coined to describe a fully empowered communicator who knows and fully understands how the communication process works.

By John French 3 Oct 2013 10:34

Do you fear public speaking more than death?

It was American comedian Jerry Seinfeld who observed: "According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."

By John French 18 Sep 2013 14:57

Learn to cold call the clever way

Does cold calling leave you cold? Most people end up freezing when they are faced with the terrifying prospect of trying to sell something to a stranger on the other side of the phone.

By John French 23 Jul 2013 16:08

Mandela has given everyone a voice

'Who shot JR?' pales in comparison to the current epic media maelstrom on whether Nelson Mandela is alive or not. Is he alive? Will he survive this near death experience? No one really knows, but just about everybody is debating it.

By John French 3 Jul 2013 10:51

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