Member Since: 14th Oct 2004
Training Officer Kirklees Metropolitan Council
My discussion replies
17th Aug 2012
“Intellectual discourse and investigation is admittedly great fun but only truly meaningful when conducted in the service of others.”
6th Aug 2012
Saving a couple of jobs or free lunches? That's the question we asked our staff and it sure focused minds. The decision was saving the jobs (unsurprisingly?).
Also don't quite get the concept of being valued through a free lunch? Our staff felt valued about being consulted about the change, having a clear rationale presented to them and the continuaton of development activities. And we as trainers need to get less diva-ish about how we are not valued and start focusing on the business bottom line!
Off to buy a loaf of bread for this week's butties....
2nd May 2012
12th Mar 2012
Premiere Elements is absolutely fine unless you're aiming for absolutely top broadcast quality. It's not just about the software though - editing is a skill in itself. You could have Adobe Premiere Pro and still churn out a load of garbage if you don't actually understand the principles of editing.
17th Feb 2012
Good people to work alongside.
18th Jan 2012
...and an eye opener. Has made my office slump into a reflective silence!
30th Nov 2011
Why not follow your opening theme tune with 5 minutes of your beloved fluffy stuff around why (ball throwing, clappy hands, p'raps even a, gasp, icebreaker.).
Then discuss how that feels with your technical staff - did they dislike, why did they dislike it, would a day all like that get buy in?
7th Nov 2011
Agree with that totally TerryG. I had lofty ambitions about a media job after my video production company folded. After 6 months of being unemployed I ended up at a Careers Office. The chap there told me in no uncertain terms what I needed was A JOB to pay the bills, get something on a CV etc. Within two days I was working as a temporary admin assistant in the training team at my local council (oh the joys of typing up someone else's flipcharts!). Pretty quickly i realised I liked the training team atmosphere/world and that in fact could use my skillset. And I haven't looked back since.
To sum up
1) Don't be too proud to seek advice
2) Nothing is beneath you - its a whole new world of opportunity.
3) Think properley about transferable skills (an old concept, I know, but useful never the less.)
21st Oct 2011
Good old fashioned rapport exercise. Person A faces Person B. and starts talking about a subject that interests them. Person B has been briefed to start listening actively (showing good baody language etc.). At a given signal (after about a minute) Person B then breaks that rapport by whatever means (starts to look disintersted, fiddles with watch, wanders off to get drink of water etc.). Then at the next signal Person B goes back into rapport. Total exercise time should be about 5 mins. Debrief around how Person A felt when rapport was broken. But also perhaps how Person B felt having to be in rapport despite the subject maybe not being of interest to them.
Sure there's alot more you could pick out of the bones of that.
22nd Aug 2011
Two that stuck with me from MBTI sessions - Have a line on the floor. One end "Having fun" the other end "Getting the chores done". Ask people to place themselves along the line according to what they'd do first.
Second one - This was done after we'd found our MBTI types. All the E's together and all the I's together around a flipchart. The groups had to draw their dream holiday - cue chaos around one flipchart and quiet contemplation around the other.
Or you could just tell the group that everyone is different.....