Course design and delivery, open or in-house, groups or 1-2-1.
This can be a classic training event but is much more likely to be a programme: this will include a raft of activities before “the event” and afterwards to help prepare learners and then help them implement the learning. Most of what we learn happens as we are working. The trick with training is to make the transition from the training room into the workplace. This is a vital part of the design. There is also built in flexibility to allow the needs of the learners to form the session. My approach to course design and delivery is to facilitate learning, for a focused result. In short, if you are expecting a classroom style, with endless PowerPoint and lecturing, then you have come to the wrong place.
Sometimes we don’t need a training programme, or coaching. What we need is someone to sit down with us, challenge, teach, support, help. This kind of service is particularly helpful for managers who are struggling with one aspect of their job, for someone doing a presentation who wants to move it up to the next level or someone applying for new jobs. 1-2-1 might be just the thing.
This can be around a specific subject or just to build relationships within the team. Either way, it will be for some purpose and desired outcome other than for having fun just for the sake of it, though having fun can be part of the purpose too. It may include psychometric testing, if appropriate, and suitable knowledge input if that’s helpful.
Service review/critical friend.
Sometimes having a fresh pair of eyes can be just what any project requires. Therefore, if you need someone to gently review what you are doing, or if you need an independent partner, then I can provide that for you. I have done this successfully for a number of teams. I have also acted as the independent member on a number of recruitment panels.
Things that make me buzz:
- Helping new managers move from “rabbit in the headlights” to “I’ve got this!”
- Using our brains in an effective way
- Unleashing creativity
- Assertive behaviour and what stops us communicating clearly
- Getting to the heart of a problem and so making the solution plainer to see
- Creating goals that motivate rather than crush
- Communicating with elegance and impact
- Being a trusted critical friend and ally