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204 weeks ago, by James
Flying high after an event
Do you find it difficult to 'come down' after you've been up in front of an audience? I often find myself buzzing until the early hours unable to sleep which is fine unless I'm delivering again the next day.

How do you bring yourself down after an event?
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204 weeks ago, by Simon
For me, like others who work the same way I do, it's easy to come down. The act of performing is draining and - while the adrenaline and my professionalism would never let me show that on stage - once I'm finished there's nothing I want more than a cup of tea and some piece-and-quiet!
204 weeks ago, by James
Do you come out as an introvert or extravert when you take tests, Simon?
204 weeks ago, by Simon
It depends on the event. I do so many caricaturing parties that they can vary wildly in character and atmosphere. It's the occasional ones where I'm made to feel like a brilliant artistic genius which take a while to come down from. I often need a quiet meal and drink on the way home and by the time I reach the end of the Northern Line I'm ready for bed.
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206 weeks ago, by James
Associations
Are you a member of any business associations and, if so, what benefits have they brought you?
205 weeks ago, by Pj
I'd be interested to know if any are worth joining if you're not a large company. They seem to be fairly expensive and only really interested in you if you spend more money advertising and entering awards etc.
204 weeks ago, by Jackie
I'm a fully fledged member of the Professional Speaking Association. I can use the logo in my marketing (which allegedly reassures clients) while the learning and networking has been invaluable in growing my business.
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207 weeks ago, by James
When did you last earn £250,000 a year?
Well, now may be your chance. Headhunters are looking for a new head for the Government funded Construction Industry Training Board and the salary and bonus will add up to a cool quarter million.

Unions have pointed out that this sum could fund 30 of the apprentices that the CITB will be promoting.

I'd like to point out that it's bonkers and completely detached from any sort of reality that most people in the training industry understand.

Government; nice work if you can get it.
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208 weeks ago, by James
Icebreakers
They don't have the best reputation, do they? I'm talking about the low cost / free ones that many trainers run at the start of a workshop to loosen people up.

How do you make sure that people enjoy them and they're not too uncomfortable for people? Any tips?
208 weeks ago, by Aboodi
I never use them. They always seem gimmicky and clichéd to me.
208 weeks ago, by Jackie
You mean you didn't like the article I posted on here about them? *Sobs quietly
http://www.traininglens.co.uk/articles/view/81/12-tried-and-tested-ice-breakers
208 weeks ago, by James
I think there's a thin line between a well delivered icebreaker than does its job and the participants enjoy and a badly delivered one that feels corny and unnecessary. It would be interesting to explore the difference.
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209 weeks ago, by James
Discounts on the promise of future business
It seems to be one of the rules of business that anyone who asks you to work at a discount to your usual rate on the promise that it will lead to future business has no intention of following through with the promise. There are people who just repeatedly do business that way without a qualm.

People who do bring future business don't start their relationships that way.
208 weeks ago, by Jackie
Reminds me of the phrase 'jam tomorrow'.

And the other phrase, 'tomorrow never comes'.
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210 weeks ago, by James
Would you pay a company to make an enquiry?
DeVere Venues use an 0844 number for enquiries. I'm never sure what all the numbers are; which are free or regional. I checked and was surprised to find them advertising with 'Earn 4p per minute on calls received'.

They tend to be very competitively priced and they usually do a good job. They meet expectations when you have a large event.

So perhaps it's an acceptable part of an overall business plan. You pay to make the enquiry but pay less when you place a booking.
208 weeks ago, by Jackie
I like De Vere. Love their food! Hate their website.
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210 weeks ago, by James
What happens when you cut training?
A survey undertaken by training company ESI International has concluded that; 'Businesses risk a return to late, over-running IT projects, following a sharp decline in investment in project- management training.'

It's a pretty obvious conclusion; cause and effect. Project management is a hard skill and if you cut budgets on hard skills there will be consequences later which may eclipse the cost saving.

Still, it won't impact the KPIs of the person who made the cut so that's okay.
210 weeks ago, by Aboodi
I think it's interesting to see how closely aligned KPIs are with bean-counting.
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213 weeks ago, by James
Needs assessments
What sort of needs assessments do you undertake before you deliver training? Is this something that a trainer needs to be concerned with or is it a client's responsibility?
212 weeks ago, by Simon
Well there's the ideal world... and then there's the real world....

In the ideal world, a client would know what they needed and it would BE what they needed and the trainer would be able to provide the same...

In the real world, it's safer for the trainer to be involved in the needs assessment if possible because sometimes what's asked for isn't what's needed - and if you deliver the former but get marked against the latter, you're stuffed! :)
212 weeks ago, by Jackie
I take part in a conference call to find out what they know already, what they need to know, and what I can do for them.
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