Target Training Associates

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  1. Training? Might as well throw your money in the bin!

    Training? Might as well throw your money in the bin!
    I always talk about how I consider myself so fortunate to get to go around the country meeting new people and businesses, but there is one massive downside to it that I don’t like.  It never ceases to amaze me the stories and experiences about the continual waste of valuable time and money spent delivering “Training” that just doesn’t do...
  2. What is coaching culture?

    What is coaching culture?
    Having quite a lot of experience coaching, supervising and mentoring the biggest mistake I see with people is in the understanding of what coaching is. I am a firm believer coaching takes time to understand and master, a seriously long time. It is not about tick box coaching, in other words coaching by numbers just like painting like numbers. Coaching...
  3. Lead teams with confidence

    Lead teams with confidence
    At Target Training we pride ourselves on being able to offer some of the best management training courses available, in the form of our Foundation Management Development Programme (FMDP) and Management Development Programme (MDP).  They are designed to help managers become genuinely inspirational and effective leaders, whatever industry they may work in.  Which is easy for us to say, but...
  4. Be a Lighthouse

    Be a Lighthouse
    Body language is one of the essential parts of delivering great training, and as we have discussed in many blogs before, people get caught up in thinking their aids like PowerPoint and Flip Chart are the most important things they have to get right.  We see it time and again on our courses but what’s so great is how quickly this...
  5. Why managers should know coaching skills too

    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...
  6. 10 ways to banish the fears of public speaking

    10 ways to banish the fears of public speaking
    Many people fear to speak in public.  I always remember reading an article that stated a study that more people feared public speaking over death! Added to this, it is rare to find this skill being taught in any school; you're just told to stand up in front of everyone and read aloud.  This can be a very negative experience...
  7. Flippin Fantastic

    Flippin Fantastic
    One of the most common problems I see people having on our Train the Trainer courses are still very focused on PowerPoint as their primary visual aid.  As we have written many times before, PowerPoint is an aid to you for learning to happen, but so is a Flip Chart, so why then do so few people use it? - it is...
  8. New Year – New Change Day 31

    New Year – New Change Day 31
    It is over, well done, what a journey but remember this is just the beginning. You are amazing, you have great skills, believe it. You will have a great value system and you will have great strengths. Ok, your last task; this is your chance to take yourself forward. Sit down for a few minutes and write where you want...
  9. New Year – New Change Day 30

    New Year – New Change Day 30
    I do hope you wrote a journal, sounds corny, but hey it works and in life, we only have one, make the most of it. Be you, do you want to be proactive or reactive? Nothing in life comes to you, you have to go get it, and change it. Life is a journey, choose your direction, don’t let it...
  10. New Year – New Change Day 29

    New Year – New Change Day 29
    Pat yourself on the back, it is OK to feel emotional. This is the time to feel gratitude towards yourself and others, say "Thank you", this creates such a positive feeling about yourself. Always pat yourself on the back, say “Well done”, this is great to keep moving forward and write what that experience feels like and where you are...

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