­­­Personal Development Skills

The term Personal Development can be interpreted from numerous perspectives. From an individual’s point of view it can be seen as a conscious choice to grow and develop by expanding levels of self-awareness and knowledge with the aim of enhancing quality of life or the achievement of aspirations.

From a workplace perspective it is it more a case of maximising potential, improving talents and enhancing employment skills with a view to being more effective and improving productivity.

We can deliver a number of engaging bite sized seminars that are highly interactive and are focused on a variety of issues relating to individual and team development. They are designed to be run in house to a small audience where individual needs can be met, and serve to provide a focused insight into the topic area.

Personal Development Workshops

The advantage of organising these at your place of work is that they are:

  • Short, sharp, concise and make a difference
  • Cost effective – no travel costs, and very economical in terms of cost per person
  • Delivered in bite size chunks – whole days away are not the most effective way of learning; little and often allows people to try out methods and review results
  • Delivered to a standardised quality – everyone who attends receives the same message and has the same learning opportunity
  • Structured to ensure the content is useful to both individual employees and their supporting organisation
  • Flexible – the content can be tailored to meet your specific needs
  • Easy to evaluate quickly in terms of relevance and impact

Workshops Topics

Time Management

Designed for busy professional staff who manage large workloads, often with tight deadlines, and who are often presented with unplanned work which is hard to prioritise.  Ideal for individuals who need to increase the time they have available, maintain their motivation, ring fence ‘me’ time, and who want to minimise stress.

Covers practical use of the time management matrix tool, managing other people’s agendas, how to write achievable joblists, how to coach yourself in time management, and shares proven techniques in how to overcome procrastination

Conflict Management

Whether we like it or not, disagreements with peers or other members of staff are often part of a normal working day.  Whether these disagreements esclate out of control is often down to how they are handled.

Covers understanding the conflict cycle and why it escalates, triggers, red rags and hot buttons, how to recognise the warning signs early, managing ‘self control’, listening from another’s perspective, how to reduce tension, and problem solving techniques.

Building Better Relationships

‘The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships’

Having the ability to form and maintain positive relationships reduces stress, ensures more productive work, and leads to happier environments, both at work and in the home.

Covers how to ensure your relationship needs are met – while also meeting the needs of others, the significance of respect, understanding the importance of  clear and honest communication, being aware of how negative emotions such as anger, anxiety and fear affect our ability to communicate, and the how the law of unintended consequences applies to relationships.

Improving your own performance

Our target driven culture may not be the most effective way to achieve results, but an expectation to perform well will always be a requirement in the world of work. Taking ‘personal responsibility’ is a sure road to success, but knowing how to do this is not as apparent as it might be.

Covers a review of learning, learning concepts and learning styles. How to take control and set genuinely realistic and achievable targets, reward strategies, barriers to progression, adopting the right mindset and how to monitor progress and outcomes.

Improving Communication skills

With its roots in giving and sharing, the irony is that the word communication is often misunderstood. A process that so many of us take for granted is more complex than most of us realise; however, an insight into success strategies for improving communication will bring significant benefits.

Covers the meaning of words, constructs, the vageries of perception, the process of interpretation, recognising the need to listen for meaning, the importance of active listening and how to develop effective presentation skills.

Goal setting and achievement

Not working towards a goal is a bit like riding a bike and standing still: eventually you wobble and fall off. Many people work hard day in and day out but don’t seem to get anywhere, so by learning how to set goals correctly you move from thinking about the wish list to actually achieving it.

Covers tools for deciding what is important, writing positive statements, using the powerful structures for writing goals, critical first steps and the importance of reward strategies.

Improving self awareness – highlighting emotional intelligence, understanding yourself and others

Having a good understanding of yourself will help you form better relationships and have a more fulfilling life, both in the workplace and at home. A good level of self awareness is also the foundation for building confidence and self esteem.

Covers tools for understanding yourself, identifying strengths and weaknesses, managing own behaviour, making conscious decisions rather than reacting to situations and circumstances, and how to identify patterns of behaviour which influence the outcomes we achieve in our lives.

Coping with change

For some time now change has been a constant thread running through everyday life  and is likely to continue to do so for sometime yet: this is particularly true for those who work in education and public service. As such, those organisations of whatever size, that adapt and handle change well will thrive; those that do not may struggle to even survive.  Much of this depends on how well staff members understand and can cope with the change process.

Covers models for change, identifying levers and drivers for change, tools and techniques for managing the change process such as understanding motivation and successful communication methods.

Being assertive – how to say no

Trying to get everything done in a busy world is a challenge, especially when you are in a support role to others or have to juggle several different tasks at once.  Being assertive depends on getting the balance right between ensuring your needs are met whilst considering the needs and feelings of others.

Covers the passive/aggression spectrum, how to effectively and openly communicate your opinions, needs, and feelings, developing the confidence to be yourself, managing boundaries, how to say no, barriers to progress and how to maintain a positive outlook.

Understanding values and beliefs

Within the field of personal development, we frequently come across challenging decisions which are not easy to make.  By becoming more aware of what we truly value, we become more conscious of what drives us and what determines the routes we take in life.  Identifying and understanding your values is by no means an easy exercise, but when we learn what is important to us, we can use this knowledge as a guide to making the choice that best serves our needs.

Covers tools and techniques for identifying our values, how to recognise our most significant values and drivers, and how to use knowledge of our values to improve the quality of our decision making process.