what are workshops for?
Small or large, one-off or regular, workshops bring people together when it matters. A workshop is a place to engage with an important topic; to discuss concerns; learn from each other; update on cultural issues; practice new behaviours; develop essential skills; build understanding and alignment; create vision and values; explore new ideas; launch a project ... the list is endless!
My experience in running workshops traces back through my entire career. I have not changed my belief that participants must be able to transfer their learning to the job straight away, so my workshops always maintain relevance and alignment with the organisation's goals.
I collaborate with an organisational sponsor to design a workshop to meet an agreed need. Based on a range of criteria, I design and deliver a bespoke solution.
I lead workshops in an inclusive and energetic style, careful to provide the environment and the structure to keep the ambience open, safe and creative for the different participants.
Pre- and post-workshop contact with participants for preparation and follow-up helps optimise the value of the face-to-face sessions, as does explicit senior management support.
Typical workshop topics
Since 2004, clients have often favoured development of communication skills, management skills, personal leadership, emotional intelligence, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), chairing meetings, client advisory etc.
Current specific topics include: empathy; influencing strategies; listening and questioning mastery; coaching for managers; vision and values; messaging and pitching.
Sample programme: Leading for Today and Tomorrow
This course is for current leaders looking to build on their existing skills in order to perform more effectively in their current role and to help prepare them for the next significant step up. The foundations of the programme are awareness, clarity and influence.
- Awareness aims: using and renewing our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy; building our physical self-awareness and presence; understanding and using the information of emotions; self-talk and reframing.
- Clarity aims: understanding our values today and their role in our choices & behaviours; challenging our own and others' assumptions to generate fresh perspectives; communicating directly, simply and inspiringly.
- Influence aims: honing the core skills of questioning, listening and creative dialogue; increasing and using your capacity for empathyl flexing your style of leadership to meet changing needs; compelling messages.