Meetings – another chance to warm a seat!
OK here is the scenario, you are busy, lots on, you’re invited to a meeting, you have no idea what it is about, you do not know who is going to be there, but for some reason you know you will be expected to be there. Joy.
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Training Layout – The Devil is in the detail.
Do you give much thought to this? Are you a trainer who is employed by a provider and turns up to deliver in the hope of finding something that resembles a room suitable for training, but in reality you find something closer to a cupboard/storeroom at best?
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Power – You want some? Read me first.
“Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us consider how happy those are who already possess it.” Philip Meyer The Son.
I was genuinely quite moved by that quote when I was reading the quite excellent novel The Son by Philip Meyer last week. It captures so much, especially in terms of how we perceive and want so much in life. In our careers this is never truer than when we think about and desire power; do we really understand it though or is it just a thing to have? A badge if you will that says “look at me, look what I have, aren’t I clever, therefore you must respect me.”
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Self Perception – The Masks We Wear
As we travel through our personal and professional lives, we often demonstrate different behaviours to match different situations. These behaviours allow us to adapt, interrelate and in some cases protect ourselves.
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Assertiveness – Stand up and be counted!
What is it about being more assertive that is so appealing? Over the years of training this is one of my most popular courses, and the content really can make a difference, which is so rewarding. Assertiveness is the holy grail of communication skills and is sought by women in the form of ‘confidence’ and by men in the form ‘feeling powerful’. Different labels, same effect. Gok Wan has much to be praised for in this area.
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Feedback Forms – Do we really want to know?
The humble feedback form; a series of well placed questions, scaled scoring graphs and boxes for comments all laid out ‘pretty like’ on a single sheet, ready for freshly trained delegates to drop in their nuggets of feedback and score accordingly. This valuable evaluation tool tells trainers how we did, gives us guidance on what to improve, or what to maintain, yet we give it out to delegates at the end of the day, when their brains are addled, they just want to get out and go home, and they are quite simply tired. So why do we do it then?
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Icebreakers – Do They Really?
How many courses have you as trainers sat in on or taken part in? Lots? Yeah me too, and they always start with the obligatory round robin of ‘getting to know you’ type introductions where people tell you who they are, where they have come from, who they work for (bored yet?) and finally the ‘ever so interesting, but toe curling ‘interesting fact’.
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“We’re different” and a little bit defensive too.
Training can be so hit and miss. It starts often being sold in the wrong way by the supplier, or worse the sales people they employ to sell them. ( I am not going to start about the quality of salespeople employed to sell sales training, oh no, I will save that little gem for another time.)
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