professional development


How the REACH Ecosystem and PD Training Delivers Organisational Development and Saves You Money!

If you are an HR manager or director in New Zealand, and are considering implementing a professional development and/or cultural improvement program in your workplace, you’re probably concerned that the research, paperwork and countless employee interviews will require a lot of valuable time for both yourself, your team and the entire staff. Not to mention [...]

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How the REACH Ecosystem and PD Training Delivers Organisational Development and Saves You Money!


What is the Productive People Advantage?

PD Training’s new signature series program – Productive People Advantage, is the most innovative professional development course PDT has ever assembled. We have brought together our best activity-based learning, incorporated industry leading practical workplace tools and leveraged our unique partnership with the LDP psychometric profiling tool. With this new program we are striving to equip participants with [...]

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What is the Productive People Advantage?


Productive People Advantage Summary

In collaboration with our clients, trainers, participants across the globe and our research & development partners (The OrgDev Institute and Leading Dimensions Consulting), PD Training has developed Productive People Advantage (PPA), designed for the needs of today to prepare your people and organisation to have a sustainable advantage tomorrow. PD Training’s new signature series program [...]

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Productive People Advantage Summary


Top 10 Skills in Negotiation – New Zealand

According to a study at Harvard, 80% negotiators adopt an erroneous strategy in negotiation.[i] They size up the other party at the negotiation table and create their strategy from there. Only 20% of negotiators use an assertive approach where they have a clear idea of their goals and how much they are willing to compromise.[i] [...]

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Top 10 Skills in Negotiation – New Zealand


Top 10 Skills in Business Writing for the Modern Workplace – New Zealand

Bad writing is actually damaging. According to the Harvard Business Review, bad writing can destroy a company’s productivity.[i] In a survey of 547 businesspeople, 81% of them said that poorly written material wastes a lot of their time” and “what they read is frequently ineffective because it’s too long, poorly organized, unclear, filled with jargon, [...]

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Top 10 Skills in Business Writing for the Modern Workplace – New Zealand


Top 10 Skills for Mastering Body Language – New Zealand

How important is body language? Dr. Albert Mehrabian in 1967 conducted two studies in which he concluded that in communication “words account for 7%, tone of voice accounts for 38%, and body language accounts for 55% of the liking.”[i] The study changed our usual perception that words are most important in communication.   The New [...]

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Top 10 Skills for Mastering Body Language – New Zealand


Top 10 Skills for Developing Business Etiquette – New Zealand

The best employees take business etiquette seriously because they understand how important it is for HR managers and companies. William Kane, Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Human Resources Group of Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a company whose global headquarters are in Japan, said, “If the interview candidates I put in front of [...]

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Top 10 Skills for Developing Business Etiquette – New Zealand


Top 10 Skills for Outstanding Customer Service – New Zealand

According to a study by McKinsey, “70% of the buying experiences are based on how the customer feels they are being treated.”[i] People buy from companies that really cares for their purchase. A vital factor in expanding customer base and customer retention, organisations are fast recognising this fact. According to a Walker study, by the [...]

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Top 10 Skills for Outstanding Customer Service – New Zealand


Top 10 Skills for Building Winning Teams – New Zealand

Harvard psychologist Richard Hackman, a preeminent scholar of team effectiveness believes that a team’s design is the most vital factor in building winning teams. “Get the design right, the theory says, and the performance will take care of itself.”[i] To have a good design, you need “clear goals, well-designed tasks that are conducive to teamwork, [...]

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Top 10 Skills for Building Winning Teams – New Zealand


Top 10 Skills for Building Assertiveness & Self Confidence – New Zealand

Low self-confidence impacts both our personal and professional life. In several studies conducted between 2005 and 2007, University of Florida professor Timothy Judge found that people with high core self evaluations or positive self-concepts had increased levels of job satisfaction, better job performance, higher income, higher work motivation, and reduced stress and burnout.[i] That converts [...]

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Top 10 Skills for Building Assertiveness & Self Confidence – New Zealand


Top 10 Professional Telephone Skills – New Zealand

As many as 80% of today’s generation sleep with their phones at night, but when it comes to talking over the phone professionally, most cannot do it, a research reveals.[i] Providing service over the phone requires special skills. A professional telephone operator needs to master their voice, telephone etiquette and problem solving skills to overcome [...]

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Top 10 Professional Telephone Skills – New Zealand


Top 10 Power Skills for Mastering Facilitation – New Zealand

According to LinkedIn, core competencies required for a facilitator include communication, active listening, developing synergy, and asking questions.[i] Along with that, interpersonal skills and value for diversity are also important qualities in facilitators, the British Council believes.[ii] Using these skills, a facilitator can create an environment where learning is fun and spontaneous for all.   [...]

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Top 10 Power Skills for Mastering Facilitation – New Zealand