Workshops

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I  deliver a range of workshops in the general areas of communication skills and confidence building, time management and dealing with stress. The exact blend of content will be different for each one and they all draw on my expertise and experience in coaching, NLP and neuroscience.

My approach is always to address the practical “how to” skills aspects and the internal emotional adjustments needed to change the way you feel in situations in order to perform effectively.

Generally group sizes are kept small to allow each participant to have ample opportunity for asking questions, receiving feedback or any coaching they might want or need.

Some workshops I run within organisations, others are promoted locally for people just like you to join in!
Do watch my blog for further announcements or please contact me for further information, to discuss your specific interests or even be put on my priority information list.

Below you will find examples of typical workshop content:

Imposter Syndrome – Sources and Solutions

Are you as good as they think you are?

This secret fear that we’re not really good enough is surprisingly widespread.

In the face of tangible evidence of their success, many women, some men, people who are genuine high-achievers are often racked by self doubt and the fear of being found out.

This feeling has been termed “The Imposter Syndrome”.

You might recognise this syndrome when you realise you’re thinking or feeling:

  • That you don’t put yourself forward because you fear you’ll fail
  • You don’t contribute in meetings because you don’t want to look a fool
  • You’ve done pretty well so far but it was really lucky
  • Other people doing similar jobs seem to be more “grown up” than you feel
  • Your definition of “good enough” for yourself is “perfection without breaking sweat”!

If not addressed the Imposter Syndrome can cause individuals to experience significant stress, anxiety and fear. It can drive them to burn out or inhibit them from achieving their full potential, prevent them from making valuable contributions to projects or meetings and deprive an organisation from seeing the very best that their staff can give.

But the Secret is now out. The Imposter Syndrome can be sorted!!

During this workshop “Imposters” will:

  • Come to understand how this is affecting their life
  • Examine the “rule book” they are living by and choose – if they want – to re write the rules
  • Examine the role that gender, race and class can have on feelings of fraudulence
  • Understand how men and women put different values on the art of “winging-it”
  • See how their interpretation of past success has been making things more difficult
  • Notice that being incompetent and feeling incompetent are two totally different things
  • Explore the advantages and disadvantages of different coping mechanisms
  • Learn practical strategies to set free their Imposter and be themselves!

Improve your Confidence Skills

Many people lack confidence. Some seem to their friends and colleagues to be confident, talented and able – yet internally they do not believe in themselves. Frequently we experience that we are our own worst critic, persistently putting ourselves down or metaphorically beating ourselves up. During this session we will explore what it means to be confident, to find the evidence for self belief and ability and then learn to act on it!

Using a range of exercises and activities we will increase our confidence and learn how to behave more confidently in a variety of social or work-related settings.

By the end of the course you can expect to:

  • Identify your own abilities
  • Understand the way that feelings of confidence are built up and maintained
  • Know what confidence means for you personally
  • Be able to communicate more effectively in a variety of situations
  • Select from a range of confidence-boosting exercises to support your new behaviours.

How to Deliver Effective Presentations with Impact and Ease

Surveys regularly reveal that public speaking is the most feared business activity and is dreaded even more than death! In your career it is highly likely that you will be required to present your work to colleagues, at meetings or in seminars.

This workshop will outline the principles of confident speaking whether for meetings, seminars or conferences. We will begin by exploring the basic components of communication including listening skills and the power of body language. We will cover planning for your meeting, structuring the content and preparing to deal with questions.

Participants are invited to deliver a short presentation and to receive coaching and feedback within the supportive workshop environment.

As a result of this workshop participants will:

  • Understand the contributions of words, voice and body language
  • Know four essential questions to answer when planning for a meeting
  • Have structures to plan the content of a presentation
  • Be clear about strategies to hold the attention of your audience
  • Be prepared for dealing with questions
  • Have strategies to deal with “presentation stress”

This workshop can be delivered to meet specific needs of the participants and can include preparing for presentation of papers at conferences or how to apply these skills to “business networking” opportunities.

Confident Speaking at Meetings

A closely related workshop “Confident Speaking at Meetings” has a greater focus on the use of body language and confidence building skills more appropriate to this type of meeting. At meetings it can be important to focus on delivering a message with impact and to be aware of the dynamics within a meeting, particularly when dealing with either dominant or reserved personality types.

The emphasis used and examples delivered are chosen accordingly.

 

contact-margaretContact Margaret now for further information on any of the above workshops.