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13th June, 2017

10 Tips For Interesting Toolbox Talks

Toolbox talks can be interesting if you pick the right topics, the right delivery, and deliver the right information. Here are our 10 tips for interesting toolbox talks:

1. Keep toolbox talks short

There is nothing less interesting than someone droning on and on for an hour. Toolbox talks should be short and snappy.

2. Be prepared

It’s tricky to make a toolbox talk interesting if you are un-prepared about the subject. Do your research, or download one of our toolbox talk templates.

3. Make toolbox talks catchy

Catchy phrases do work, as long as you don’t over do it. Things like think LITE in manual handling talks – Load, Individual, Task, Environment. It helps sometimes hard to digest information easier to remember.

4. Be interested

If you are delivering the toolbox talk, your voice and body language will give away your interest level. If you’re not interested, don’t expect your team to be. Pick a subject that interests you.

5. Don’t just talk

Yes, the name is toolbox talk. But involve your team with a quick quiz or informal questions, this will keep them engaged with an incentive to listen to the information.

6. Get to the point

It can be easy to jumble various bits of information together on a subject. But what are the important points you are trying to make? Make sure all the key facts are covered.

7. Follow a structure

Similar to above. Just because a toolbox talk should be short, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t follow a simple structure, from an introduction, to addressing key points, to a quick summary at the end. This will help the key information stand out.

8. Try different formats

Toolbox talks don’t have to be delivered in meeting rooms, try site walk arounds, videos, apps, online, handouts, etc. There are lots of different formats you can choose to help save time and make talks interesting.

9. Keep toolbox talks relevant

It is not always easy to pick a good toolbox talk topic. But to keep your talks interesting, the subject should be relevant to your team and the work they carry out.

10. Stay on point

Once you pick a topic, stick to it. Toolbox talks should cover a single health and safety topic. Don’t try to cover too much in one go, or your talk will quickly lose momentum and start to get boring. Schedule other topics for future talks.

This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and a degree in construction management. She is NEBOSH qualified and a member of IOSH.

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