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Hello, and welcome to the Performance Role Play Training blog.

This is where you’ll find news, insights, and industry info – all focused on issues like communication, performance, leadership, human capital and, of course, our favourite topic: immersive learning through Business Role Play.


SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Charlotte Butler

These words can be found in the well-known fable by Greek Fabulist and story teller, Aesop’s The Tortoise and The Hare. I first heard the story while lying in the lounge in our home in Port Elizabeth. I listened to it often on our Hi-Fi. It was one of my favourite LP’s – yes vinyl.

In fact, those words; Slow and Steady Wins the Race, became my mantra for most of my life.

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The Global Marriage

The Global Marriage

Jocelyn Broderick

Is this all doom and gloom?

The last few weeks have been crazy – well, crazier than usual. I have been rushing to get things done at a frenzied pace; making sure family are looked after; bringing in enough to get through the end of the month; as this ever-growing shadow darkens in the sky above and around us. We have been practicing social distancing and keeping home as much as possible for weeks now. My eldest son arrived from America two weeks ago for a week’s visit to see friends and family. He can’t visit and see friends.

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It’s time to care

It’s time to care

Judy Ditchfield

Over the last few months Performance Role Play Training has published many blogs on subjects that are relevant to what we do, and the lessons we have learnt. So many have been about connections, building relationships, communication and acknowledgement in the workplace. 

Right now, what are people needing more than anything? Yip connections, relationships albeit virtually, and yes acknowledgement. 

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THE SILENT PARTNER

THE SILENT PARTNER

Ilse Klink

Through the years I’ve had the privilege of falling in love with people who understand the economy of words. In fact, I was, as a child, a very silent and insecure individual not sure that anything I said was of value to the world.

Don’t you often find yourself stuck, unable to be creative enough to pick the right topic to discuss, with those of few words?

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Are you connecting?

Are you connecting?

Judy Ditchfield

Communication should be a “hard” skill. It’s not always easy.

Engagement is a necessary evil

Today, in the business environment, high levels of skill are highly prized. Individuals are largely put into managerial positions due to their experience and advanced skill set. However, the ability  to communicate is seen as secondary. It is regarded as a “soft skill”, a necessary “evil”. Unfortunately it has become the “evil” in an environment where it is a fundamental, and an intrinsic part of effective leadership. 

What sets leaders apart?

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Customer Service: Choice or Change?

Jocelyn Broderick

Does the customer actually count?

Nothing frustrates me more than bad customer service. After two years of trying to get a rebate on an unused cancelled ADSL line, it happened. Elation! I also changed the service, booked a time for installation and breathed a sigh of relief. Bomb drop! They arrived 4 and a half hours late with the wrong product, are invoicing me for a different more expensive service and the line is dead. How long will it take me to wake up? It’s time to change service providers. Clearly for them the customer doesn’t count. 

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Feeling a little naked?

Phyllis Ndlovu

In most, if not all organisations, performance management systems are introduced and enhanced in order to ensure continuous improvement and optimisation. Performance management systems are also one of the tools through which employees are acknowledged, incentivised and where applicable corrective measures put in place. This neatly outlined argument is of course perfect in theory. 

Why do things get a little colourful when it comes to implementation?

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WHY NOT?

Boniswa Holland

You guys must fight so often!”

“You guys must fight so often!” is usually what I am told when I tell people that my business partner is not only by business partner but my best friend, room mate, wing women, and in general the person I spend all my time with.  And my answer to them is very simple  “No not at all”

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Boxing Yourself In

Boxing Yourself In

Judy Ditchfield

Brave enough to change

I started my official life as an actress in 1984. I slotted into the box perfectly. I came from a family of performers, I loved to perform so I went to University, got my drama degree, and got into a resident acting company. The perfect job for me.  But I remember feeling really irritated and quite affronted when people asked me what my real job was. 

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Watch Your Towel!

Charlotte Butler

I was born in PE – the Windy City or, as I remember it, the Friendly City.

We never had much money but never wanted for anything. As in most coastal cities, you always had the beach and the sea for wonderful family outings.

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Why I keep on coming back to Role Play

Why I keep on coming back to Role Play

Ilse Klink

Role Play has become a part of who I am…I’m not talking about acting…I’m talking about my real life. It’s changed the way I view and handle my life completely. It’s the most invaluable tool I’ve been gifted in my adulthood.

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Why we need to read contracts as Performers

Why we need to read contracts as Performers

Boniswa Holland

I would like to start off with an example of the kind of predicament not reading and understanding a contract can put oneself in.

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