Workshop: Social Media Excellence

Working with The Career Practice, we’ve just finished delivering our one-day ’Social Media Excellence’ workshop in London.

A great group of delegates who were fantastic to work with and very motivated to learn more about how the three major social media platforms work – LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

The workshop majored on how to maximise personal presence across social media, including plenty of practical tips and ‘how-tos’ from an individual’s perspective.

Our next workshop is scheduled for quarter 1 2013. Delegate numbers are kept deliberately low, so book now to avoid disappointment. 

Audience size: 5

Duration: One day

Client: Middle/Senior Management

#SMExcellence

Workshop: Assessment and Coaching Skills

Target audience: Those responsible for formally assessing and coaching staff and/or colleagues at work.

Audience size: 7

Duration: Two days

Client: Automotive

The Workshop includes practical hands-on experience with the client’s on-line assessment tool. This is complemented by a discussion-based workshop covering the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours of the successful coach.

The final session includes the construction of a personal action-plan.

Workshop: Working Together Assertively

Working on behalf of Rapport Training Ltd, this two-day workshop is aimed at Graduate and Trainee Managers who, as part of their professional development are seeking to improve their assertiveness skills and make their business meetings even more effective.

The Workshop covers the following:
What is Assertiveness? (and what isn’t it?)
’Rights’ associated with behaving assertively
Making Assertive requests
Responding Assertively
Questioning Skills
Listening Skills 
Feedback Skills

The Process for Effective Meetings
The Ingredients for the Perfect Meeting
The Importance of/Construction of Agendas
Managing Behaviours at Meetings

Audience size: 8

Duration: Two days

Client: Infrastructure Services (Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Mechanical Engineers)

Design: Discovering and Using Social Networking Workshop

I’m in ‘design mode’ this week, collaborating with The Career Practice to design and co-deliver a one-day Workshop, with specific emphasis on using them for job-searching.

If you want to know the similarities and differences between what’s on offer from the major social networking providers, this could be for you! The Workshop will be a ‘hands-on’ day with plenty of opportunity to get to grips with the technology.

Workshops are starting in September.

Stepping into Management – Validation Event

Today, and for the next two-days, the managers-to-be that I’ve coached in people-skills over the past twelve-months will be put through their paces.

We are a using series of case studies, an On-the-Job Project, knowledge tests, and a formal presentation to see how much they’ve learned and put into practice. We will also review their Action Plans and discuss their views about the training they’ve received to date.

A full-on couple of days – but SO essential  to assess their change in performance.

Wishing them luck!

Coaching: 1 to 1 – Developing an Effective Team

I worked with an experienced NHS Nurse today on part two of her personal development plan. Today, we covered ‘Building an Effective Team’ – this followed-on from our first session in September last year, where we covered leadership and motivation.

Topics covered today, included:

¨ What is a Team?

¨ Why Teams Sometimes Fail

¨ Essential Ingredients for Teams to Succeed

¨ Team Characteristics – Eight Key Questions for Managers

¨ SWOT Process and Analysis

¨ Team Models: Research into High Performing Teams

¨ Team Mission Statements: Pros and Cons

¨ Setting Performance Objectives

¨ Managing Expectations

¨ Analysing your Support Network

¨ Measuring Team Effectiveness

¨ The Team Development Process Model

Workshop: Presenting with Impact

Working with Rapport Training Ltd, our two-day workshop is aimed at Graduate and Trainee managers who, as part of their professional development are seeking to improve their impact when carrying-out formal business presentations.

The Workshop covers the essentials for a successful presentation including:
– Structuring the Presentation
– Using the Voice for Maximum Effect
– Body-Language for Presenters
– The Essentials of an Effective Visual Aid
– Controlling Stage-Fright

This Workshop gives delegates three opportunities to present and includes structured feedback on their performances.

Audience size: 5

Duration: Two days

Client: Infrastructure Services

Workshop: Essential Learning Theory (Part 1)

Target Audience: Product Specialists

Audience size: 6

Duration: Two days

Client: Construction Equipment

Location: Eskilstuna, Sweden

This is part-one of a two-part series of modules designed to take product experts and presenters and give the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop their role towards a professional trainer.

Part-two will be held in May 2012, also in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

Workshop: Management and Leadership

Target audience: Experienced managers looking to further refresh and enhance their management and leadership skills

Audience size: 7

Duration: Two days

Client: Automotive

The Workshop discusses the differences in behaviour between managers and leaders. The Workshop covers topics including: ‘Motivating the team’, ‘Effective Delegation’, ‘Communication Excellence’, and many more and is designed to allow frequent self-assessment by the delegates culminating in a personal action plan.

Workshop: Leading from Within – The X Factor

Target audience: Those new to the role of manager or those who have had no formal training as managers

Audience size: 4

Duration: Two days

Client: Automotive

The ‘Stepping into Management’ series of workshops that began in January 2011 finishes soon. In this final Workshop, we look at the impact an individual manager has on the team around them, and the core principles of good management needed to be successful in the role. We also use this event to recap on the key messages from the previously attended workshops.

Workshop: Assessment and Coaching Skills

Target audience: Those responsible for formally assessing and coaching staff and/or colleagues at work.

Audience size: 4

Duration: Two days

Client: Automotive

The Workshop includes practical hands-on experience with the client’s on-line assessment tool. This is complemented by a discussion-based workshop covering the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours of the successful coach.

The final session includes the construction of a personal action-plan.

Workshop: Interviewing for Success

Target audience: Those new to the role of recruitment interviewing, or those who have been interviewing but without formal training.

Audience size: 4

Duration: Two days

Client: Automotive

The Workshop discusses best practice interviewing techniques and processes.

The workshop covers the:

– Interviewing process from identifying the vacancy to post-interview activities
– Difference between a job description and a person specification
– Effective interviewing environment
– Design of an advert for maximum response
– Dos and don’ts of CV writing and presentation
– Process and practice of short-listing
– Creation of an Interview Checklist

The workshop also includes mandatory completion of an e-learning package covering Employment Law and an opportunity to carry out a live interview with a prospective employee. Afterwards, the learner receives feedback not only from their peers and tutor, but also (uniquely) the candidate they have just interviewed.

Workshop: Management and Leadership

Target audience: Experienced managers looking to further refresh and enhance their management and leadership skills

Audience size: 5

Duration: Two days

Client: Automotive

The Workshop discusses the differences in behaviour between managers and leaders. The Workshop is designed to allow frequent self-assessment culminating in a personal action plan.

Workshop: Delivering Effective Training

Target Audience: Product Specialists

Audience size: 4

Duration: Three days

Client: Construction Equipment

Location: Eskilstuna, Sweden

This is part-two of a two-part series of modules designed to take product experts and presenters and ‘move them’ towards becoming a professional trainer.

Part One was held in Eskilstuna in September 2011.

Workshop: Creating and Leading an Effective Team

This workshop discusses the ingredients and make-up of a high-performing team. The workshop then gives delegates the opportunity to compare their existing team with the ideal and develop strategies for fine-tuning their team’s performance.

Target audience: Experienced Managers

Audience size: 4

Duration: Two days

Location: Daventry, Northamptonshire, England