National Mentoring Day is on 27th October. But don't wait until then to get involved in mentoring!
At some point in your career as a trainer you will experience difficult and challenging situations, generally instigated by people. Here are some ideas and approaches to use.
Facilitating mass group engagement. My recent chairing of a community consultation meeting attracted 235 through the door. How I managed it and my tips for others.
Plenty is documented about the benefits of mentoring for the mentee. Here are some benefits for the mentor.
Some early learning & insights into VCSE leadership training I am delivering and the emerging issues for the sector
Who would like some training and development for working in a political envirnment in a local authority?
How I am providing capacity building support for leadership in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
No resolutions intended! But I would like organisations to develop a learning culture in 2015.
Training in a challenging environment. Some lessons from a recent assignment working with some difficult behaviours.
Contributing to democracy in action by coaching elected members.
I provide in house training design and delivery for organisations. This can be a one off specialist workshop or event, or a programme for a team, service or department.
Everything I design is tailored; there are no off the shelf programmes.
I train in the full range of interpersonal and communication skills that lead to personal effectiveness, for example, assertiveness, presenting confidently, dealing with conflict or challenging people, customer service, making the most of your time and many more. I train in mentoring skills with the option of working with SFEDI Awards which offers accreditation in enterprise mentoring through its supporting enterprise programme.
I use an experiential learning approach so people are able to connect thinking and action planning to their work. Connecting learning and actions to values and beliefs also becomes possible with this approach, so people gain more confidence and awareness about themselves and how they impact on colleagues and customers. I invite everyone to bring their real life challenges to the training day to work on.
My style is characterised by energy, enthusiasm and bringing enjoyment to learning. I use creative tasks and approaches, training games, accelerated learning, activities and exercises for groups and teams all in a workshop style delivery. Participation and engagement is my goal, punctuated by helping people process outcomes through group review and discussion with peers and colleagues. I take a coaching approach to learning and I challenge in a supportive way.
Every session ends with a learning and action plan to take away and put into practice at work. This helps the organisation and its people have a clear direction and purpose to training and helps raise motivation levels with staff, so they are better able to do their job well because they own the changes that they have identified and can DO something about them.