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  1. Coaching - The Big 4

    Coaching - The Big 4
    As a coach who trains in the areas of Coaching, Mentoring and Training it is common that individuals don't really understand the difference.  It is vital to fully understand before we know how to develop people and the four areas associated with developing individuals in the workplace are known as the ‘Big 4’. Everyone involved in development needs to be aware of the differences...
  2. training - do you follow these simple steps for a positive learning environment?

    training - do you follow these simple steps for a positive learning environment?
    I’m sure we can always relate to at least once where we have been asked to attend training where we were extremely apprehensive as we’ve been thinking about what will happen or what we will be doing.  It’s that fear of the unknown taking over our brains which can be even worse when we walk into the room!  Therefore, what...
  3. management - the art of delegation stage 2

    management - the art of delegation stage 2
    Last week we looked at selecting individuals to whom we are going to delegate to the task itself.  This week we are going to look at clearly stating our objectives. This is a massive opportunity to really mess things up, if we don’t clearly explain things then there is a good chance that they either won't understand or that there...
  4. coaching - what is reflection?

    coaching - what is reflection?
    How often do you reflect on your day? Both, what went well and what could have been better. Reflection, I believe is one of the most rewarding and positive things you can do regardless of which area you are involved in, whether Training, Coaching or Mentoring. If it is done correctly it can adjust the way that you think, create opportunities...
  5. training - are you guilty of delivering training like this?

    training - are you guilty of delivering training like this?
    Recently,  I was in Manchester and my fellow trainer Bryan was in Birmingham where we were simultaneously delivering our PTT Train the Trainer course. Interestingly, one of Bryan’s delegates raised an excellent point while the same day, I was dealing with a question that highlighted the same point; “Why it’s so important to stand while delivering Training”.  This made me immediately...
  6. management - the art of delegation stage 1

    management - the art of delegation stage 1
    Ok, last management blog we looked at why we delegate and this week we are going to focus on the first stage, the selection of individuals who we are going to delegate to and the actual job we are going to delegate.  Thinking through this process will aid the developmental process significantly.    An important thing to remember in all...
  7. coaching - why managers should know coaching skills too

    coaching - why managers should know coaching skills too
    As a trainer and coach, I am very fortunate enough to meet some fantastic people.  Brilliant people who are keen to learn skills and techniques to be a better manager.  We deliver numerous management development programmes and a key to the programme are essential management skills that focus on motivation and effective communication skills.  Sometimes this involves difficult and challenging behaviour and of...
  8. training - 5 things to improve your introductions

    training - 5 things to improve your introductions
    All trainers need to understand the importance of introductions in a training environment.  As a delegate, we make our mind up very quickly on the trainer and the subject matter, so we have a limited time to capture their attention.  An effective introduction motivates the group and encourages participation.   Five things you can do to improve your training introductions: Be...
  9. management - 5 reasons why we delegate

    management - 5 reasons why we delegate
    One of the key areas managers attending our courses are keen to know is how to delegate.  Many managers don’t know how to delegate effectively and we cover this in detail on our management courses.  However, it’s really important that before we know how to delegate we must first understand why. Managers that don't delegate run the risk of poor...
  10. coaching - tools in coaching, using G.R.O.W.

    coaching - tools in coaching, using G.R.O.W.
    There are so many techniques you can use in coaching and the common one and a very popular the first technique that is taught and it is GROW this is - Goal, Realistic, Options and Will. Everyone talks about this technique which is absolutely fantastic for setting goals, which are inspiring and challenging. These promote motivation and confidence which in turn...

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