Podcast

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Totem Talks Episode 7: Book Writing

Helen is writing a book! In this latest podcast Mark Smith and Helen Frewin discuss her tentative and surprisingly emotional first steps in writing a book. What’s the book about? Who is she writing it for? Secrets will be revealed…

If you’re considering writing your own book, this podcast is a simple and quick way to catch that first glimpse of the journey that you’ll need to embark on. And as the book progresses, well update this playlist with more of Helen’s discoveries.

In this podcast we mention the fabulous Alison Jones, who has helped us start on this exciting adventure…

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Totem Talks Episode 6: Difficult Conversations

Why do we not like giving feedback? Why do we not face up to those honest, tough or difficult conversations? Whatever we call them, and many businesses have tried their share of variations, feedback and performance conversations are still a challenge for many people.

Here we look at why interventions to date may not have worked and share some top tips that are working well for us and our clients. And then we’ll get to some meaty stuff – preparing for the other person’s response…

One of the things that stops us entering into difficult conversations, feedback or chats about big issues is an anxiety over how the other person may respond. What if they quit? Cry? Argue? Shout? Take it really badly?

And so as a learning designers, facilitators and coaches, Mark Smith & Helen Frewin help you to prepare for those eventualities – and for those you cannot even imagine.

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Totem Talks Episode 5: Online Learning

What are other people doing with virtual learning?

This is a question we are getting asked a lot right now, so we thought we’d share a few experiences and tips that have come up across our clients.

Traditional training companies have sold expensive, residential courses for years and whilst these have been challenged before, it is only in more recent weeks with the impetus provided by Covid-19 that this challenge is likely to stick.

But with a better understanding of how people learn and with the introduction of better technology, Mark Smith & Helen Frewin talk about the stand out changes that are likely to stay.

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Totem Talks Episode 4: Coping with Anxiety

Business Psychologist Helen Frewin and her trusty sidekick Mark Smith give us an overview of what causes anxiety and tips to manage it.

In this fourth episode, we also explore Acceptance & Commitment Theory, and how it can help you overcome your anxieties.

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Totem Talks Episode 3: Silo Working

Silos in the workplace cause nothing but frustration for customers, clients and employee’s alike, so why do we often find ourselves operating in this way?

Mark Smith & Helen Frewin have a natter about their experience of silo working, the psychology that creates silos, and how to challenge the ‘silo’ mentality.

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Totem Talks Episode 2: Working from Home

Make the most of Working from Home. Helen Frewin & Mark Smith explore some of the nuances of working from home, offering tips for productivity and sign posting the dangers.

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Totem Talks Episode 1: The First One

The Totem Team dip their toes into the murky world of Podcasts. Mark Smith & Helen Frewin introduce Totem, themselves and secrets are revealed!

 

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