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Safety Speaker John – Recognize Safe Behaviors

As a safety speaker I have the privilege of working with some real safety champions. We all know how important it is to look for, spot and point out unsafe conditions or actions. Another way to improve you and your employees safety awareness is to look for opportunities to point out when safety is done right. Yo can do this in several ways:
  • When someone has created a safe condition by eliminating a hazard. (This can be as simple as observing someone picking up some trash or something someone could slip or trip on)
  • When someone chooses to do something safely.
  • When someone watches out for the safety of someone else.
  • When you deal with a business which has policies and procedures that protect you and others.

Someone Watched Out For My Safety

Just recently, I had such an opportunity. I was sitting at home when I received a phone call from someone doing a poll. They identified themselves as being from the Gallup organization doing a customer survey for Union Bank. They asked if I would be willing to answer a few questions to help Union Bank do a better job of serving their customers. I answered yes and then something great happened. The caller asked if now was a good time to do the survey and asked if I was driving as he didn’t want me to do the survey if that was the case.

I answered I was safe and then explained how I appreciated his asking. I explained I am a safety speaker and I would be bragging about how he and his organization understood safety was important. I told him my career is traveling around the world teaching people how to watch out for the safety of others. I once again thanked him for caring about my safety and let him continue the survey. When he was done I gave him one final thank you and mentioned I would be talking about him in this week’s newsletter. Thanks to the Gallup organization and their leadership for showing safety is a value for them.

Praising Others Improves Your Awareness

Any situation in which you actively pay attention to safety issues around you helps to improve your focus and safety awareness. When you look for people taking actions that support safety on and off the job your awareness is strengthened. In addition, you create a positive association between safety and people. It also lifts your spirits looking for good safety actions instead of only seeing safety problems. As a safety speaker I make it a point to praise people whenever I can.

Solutions For Your Safety Challenges
When you need solutions for your safety challenges give Diane Weiss a call at 209-745-9419 and bring John to your site to discover injury preventing solutions. You can email her at diane@drebinger.com
Until next week,
I’ll be, “Watching Out For Everyone’s Safety™”
John

© 2017 John Drebinger Presentations
Permission to use granted when credited and contact information included. www.drebinger.com +1 209.745.9419

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Safety Speaker Thoughts On Multi-Tasking and Safety

Safety Speaker Thoughts On Multi-Tasking and Safety

We live in a world which has embraced the concept of multi-tasking. I suspect the belief was you could get more done if you did multiple tasks at one time. It does seem to make sense. After all, we all know we can be talking, giving a speech or having a conversation and be thinking other thoughts in our mind at the same time. As a safety speaker, I have experienced this in every talk I do. I’ll even bet you’ve thought on occasion it’s a good thing the other person can’t hear what’s in my head.

Should We Multi-Task?

We know we are capable of multi-tasking; the question is, should we? Another question is, when should we? One major indicator it might not be the best approach is studying very successful or productive people. Many authors in the field of self-improvement and personal development point out the importance of focus. The ability to have a laser focus on one item at a time is very powerful. As a safety speaker and certified hypnotherapist, I can tell you when you focus you are able to use most of your conscious and unconscious mind’s brain power to deal with the task at hand. Successful people are problem solvers and you are more likely to solve problems when you have more of your own brain working on one item.

So what does this have to do with safety? As a safety speaker, let me share a couple of items. First, when it comes to safety training or education be sure your people are focused on your presentation. This means you must make it worthy of their paying attention. These days you can’t just ask people to close their laptops or not use their smart phones or tablets because many people including myself use these to take notes.
I do believe it’s a good idea to ask people to stay focused on today’s topic, just as you would ask them to do when they were doing their job each day.

Secondly, when you are talking with others put down your smart phone or computer and devote one-hundred percent of your attention on them. You will be much more able to actually listen and be more likely to understand what they are trying to get across to you. They are also more likely to perceive you are actually listening and paying attention to them.

Multi-Tasking Makes People Think You Aren’t Listening

Likewise, when you are having a conversation with someone in your office or even when you are the one talking be sure to not be doing anything else. If you are doing another task and talking with them it subliminally lessens the value of what you are sharing, after all, it isn’t the only thing you are focused on.

All this and I haven’t even discussed multi-tasking while someone is doing their job.

One of my hypnosis instructors shared with us an article titled, “The Magic Number Seven Plus or Minus Two”. The lesson of the article was most people can consciously focus on seven items at one time. As the title suggests it is sometimes five and sometimes nine. For example, right now you are reading this article. You may notice several other things. If I bring something to your mind you are not consciously aware of something else falls off your attention. I might point out you notice your feet on the floor. I wonder what left your conscious awareness at that moment.

Don’t Bring Negative Ideas To Their Conscious Mind

This is why as a safety speaker, I never ask in a room that feels too hot, “Is it hot in here or is it just me?” Prior to that moment, only a few of us in the room were uncomfortable. From that moment on, everyone was aware of it. We have a rule while hiking or backpacking that you can’t complain about your feet hurting. If you do, suddenly everyone’s feet hurt. Of course, if someone needs first aid for their feet they can speak up.

Taking this to our discussion of multi-tasking, you can’t be laser-focused when you are multi-tasking and you are using up some of the seven things you can be aware of consciously at any given time.

Keep your focus on whatever you are doing and you will always do it better.

If you need someone who can show your employees how to stay focused on the job give my Meeting Planner Diane Weiss a call at +1.209.745.9419 or email her at diane@drebinger.com.

Until next week,
I’ll be, “Watching Out For Everyone’s Safety™”
John

© 2016 John Drebinger Presentations
Permission to use granted when credited and contact information included. www.drebinger.com +1 209.745.9419

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Safety Speakers and Listening Skills

Safety Speakers and Listening Skills

Have you ever made a concentrated effort to listen to someone only to have them say, “You never listen.”? You are both frustrated and confused. What more could you possibly do to pay closer attention? In my book Mastering Safety Communication, (Click Here For Book) I have a chapter on rapport skills. I teach safety speakers or anyone how to connect with others. One aspect of rapport skills is to understand different listening styles and listening rules. I will share with you one of the most powerful rapport rules or skills to help people know you are listening to them.

Safety Speakers Look To Talk Rule

The rule or set of rules I am discussing today has to do with where you look when talking to someone and where you look while you are listening. These are called your “look to talk” and “look to listen” rules.

Next time you have a conversation with someone, take note of where they look when they are talking. Do they look you straight in the eye? Do they look to the side or back and forth? Next, take mental note of where they are looking when they are listening to you talk. Now you know their rules.

Take note of where you are most comfortable looking when you talk. Also, note where you look when you listen to someone. You now know your own look to talk and listen rules.

Follow Their Rules

The rapport skills secret to being considered a great listener is to follow the other person’s rules. When you first begin the conversation, discover what their look to listen rule is. Once you know this, you know where to look while you are listening to them. If it’s the same as your look to listen rule it’s easy. If it’s different it might take more effort on your part. You might even feel uncomfortable. It is important to remember the best communicators are the most flexible in their communication style. They are willing to use someone else’s style to make them more comfortable. If you want to be effective you need to be flexible. People who are rigid in their communication style and stick to their own rules will do well with others who are like them and ineffective with other people. Effective safety speakers use these principles.

Where Are They Looking?

Do the same for the look to talk rule. When they first talk to you pay attention to where they are looking. Once again, you look the same way when it is your turn to talk. This solves the biggest listening quality issue, perception. The reality is it doesn’t matter how well you listen it matters what they perceive. That was the point I made at the beginning of this article. What matters is the perception of the person to whom you are listening. If they don’t think you are listening, it impacts the success of your communication results.

Enjoy testing this skill; you will be thrilled with the results. When you want to learn more and have me teach your team please call my Meeting Planner, Diane Weiss at +1.209.745.9419 or email her at diane@drebinger.com and bring in the best of the safety speakers.

Until next week,
I’ll be, “Watching Out For Everyone’s Safety™”
John

© 2016 John Drebinger Presentations
Permission to use granted when credited and contact information included. www.drebinger.com +1 209.745.9419

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Safety Speakers Discover Management Safety Fails

Safety Speakers Discover Management Safety Fails
In my presentation, “Safety For Leaders,” I share ways leaders who are committed to safety can reinforce their safety message. As a safety speaker, I explain a few things they must do to avoid undermining their safety message. Leaders who value safety must be congruent. As a safety motivational speaker, the fails I notice always amaze me. Leaders who are committed to safety take actions or say things, which may deliver the opposite message. Safety speakers can look from the outside in and understand how this happens.

This can be very demoralizing to safety teams and safety leaders. I hear about this issue when I am one of the safety motivational speakers at a national or regional safety conference. After my sessions, safety professionals and safety team leaders share some of the challenges they face.

Trusting When You Delegate
This challenge is when a leader delegates responsibility for a safety kickoff to the safety team. There is either an implied or specific budget of money and time for the event which has been taken into account. The safety team plans the event, arranges for the meeting place and also any guest safety speakers. I know how much work is entailed because my meeting planner, Diane Weiss, spends a lot of time helping my clients through the process. After all this, suddenly at the last minute, the leadership changes their mind and decides to go in an entirely different direction.

Disappointment Creates Futility

This creates a feeling of futility for the safety team and safety is tough enough without adding this disappointment. There is no question they have the right to make this decision but they should have made it at the beginning of the process. If they aren’t confident in their people, they should develop the overall plan themselves and then just delegate the tasks.

I understand similar lack of support occurs when the safety professional is unable to have the final say on safety equipment to be purchased.

Leaders should never give someone authority to act if they don’t trust what they will ultimately do. Great leaders find good qualified people who know what they are doing and then trust them.

Looking for a safety presentation that shows corporate leaders how to magnify and reinforce their safety message? You need my talk, “Safety for Effective Leaders”. Give my meeting planner, Diane Weiss, a call at 01.209.745.9419 or email her at diane@drebinger.com She will help you bring in the best of all the safety speakers.

Until next week,
I’ll be, “Watching Out For Everyone’s Safety™”
John

© 2016 John Drebinger Presentations
Permission to use granted when credited and contact information included. www.drebinger.com +1 209.745.9419

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Safety Speakers Can Take A Different Perspective

Safety Speakers Can Take A Different Perspective
As a safety speaker, I have the opportunity to interview many employees around the world. An emergency response team member, at a site where I was their safety motivational speaker, shared with me a new way to motivate people to wear safety gloves when performing any task.

Specialized Training Gives A Unique Perspective

His perspective is unique because of his specialized training. As a first responder, he has been trained in the subject of blood-borne pathogens. Many people know blood can carry diseases and that is why they wear surgical type gloves when performing certain tasks in first aid, cleanup and other tasks which might cause them to come in contact with bodily fluids, especially blood.

My friend, when serving as a safety speaker or trainer would tell people you need to consider blood-borne pathogens in other contexts. He teaches an open wound or visible blood are not the only hazards out there.

How many times have you climbed a ladder and thought of the importance of gloves? Maybe you think what you are doing on the ladder doesn’t require gloves. However, have you ever scratched your skin while climbing a ladder? Oftentimes, ladders sustain dents and blows, which may create sharp edges capable of cutting your hands. Even a small cut you might not think you need first aid for could be an opportunity to pick up a disease.

Safety Speakers Pose Questions

He uses a technique I highly recommend when you want to change people’s behaviors or motivate them to do something. He poses a question. Questions are great for getting someone to rethink their position on a new safety procedure. His question is, “What if, while you are climbing a ladder or sliding your hand across a scaffolding rail, you hit a rough edge that cuts your finger? What if you aren’t the first person to be cut?

The person before you may have a disease and when they are cut a small portion of their blood is left behind on the sharp edge. You come along without gloves and hit the same sharp edge. It’s as if you were sharing needles with someone.” He pointed out information about how long some viruses can survive. Even on a dry surface moisture can cause them to be transmittable. By not wearing protective gloves, you have put yourself at greater risk than you ever imagined.

All the more reason to report even a small cut. First, you can get it cleaned and bandaged. Second, you or someone else could go to the location of the barb and clean it. Third, the rough edge could be removed or covered to prevent further injuries. Of course, all of this could be avoided if people regularly used gloves.

A Brilliant Technique

The brilliance of this as a motivational technique is he has given people a good reason why they would “want” to wear gloves. What was once thought of as a minimal hazard now has potential serious consequences, which motivates people to take the extra effort to protect their hands.

When safety speakers give more reasons to take the action you are aiming for, you will more likely get the desired result.

Obviously, there are many more reasons to wear protective gloves on and off the job. The more reasons your employees see as relevant, the more likely they will use them even when no one is watching.

Solutions For Your Safety Challenges
When you need solutions for your safety challenges give Diane Weiss a call at 209-745-9419 and bring John to your site to discover injury-preventing solutions. You can email her at diane@drebinger.com

Until next week,
I’ll be, “Watching Out For Everyone’s Safety™”
John

© 2016 John Drebinger Presentations
Permission to use granted when credited and contact information included. www.drebinger.com +1 209.745.9419

For Complete Article Click Here

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