I believe that learning is one of life’s greatest pleasures - it should be a joy and an adventure. I also know that deep, transformational learning happens when the body, mind, heart and spirit are all engaged in the learning experience. After more than 20 years’ experience of leading, managing, training, and developing people in the charity, housing association, and public sectors, I set up Saltbox Training & Events in 2009. Through Saltbox I now design and deliver inspiring training and events which take inspiration from nature, music, the arts, and holistic practices, as well as drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience and behavioural psychology to create powerful, memorable, transformative learning experiences.
Saltbox helps individuals and companies to perform better, achieve more, and be happier and healthier by increasing people's skills, knowledge, confidence, motivation, morale and wellbeing. We also run our own brain-friendly training venue – an inspiring meeting and learning space in the picturesque village of Nunney, near Frome, Somerset.
I’m a Master Facilitator for TetraMap®, a simple but powerful, values-based tool that helps individuals, teams and organisations to transform how they work by using nature as a metaphor, and I also lead the TetraMap Global Leadership Group.
My book, The Holistic Learning Handbook is due to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers later in 2019, and many of the ideas and principles covered in my TZ articles draw on elements of the book.
I love to be in nature, and believe that being connected to nature is essential for wellbeing, creativity and inspiration. I’m also a musician who loves American roots music including blues, gospel, old time, bluegrass and country. I sing and play guitar in an Americana band and run various music festivals, concerts and open mic sessions in and around Somerset.
I totally agree that it's important to be clear about the what/why/who etc when attending a networking event. We run a quarterly gathering for trainers and L&D professionals which is designed to help people meet and build supportive relationships with other Learning professionals, stay abreast of current new developments in the L&D world, discover new techniques, models and approaches, learn from each others' experiences, and grow as an L&D practitioner. We have a good mix of independent trainers and in-house L&D or HR practitioners and although people don't come to these events looking for work or clients, the fact that people get to know, like and trust each others means that the sort of relationships which people build result in them doing business together.
Great post and one I'm sure we can all relate to.
Here in the South West, we have Trainers Exchange every quarter, which is a lively, dynamic and highly enjoyable get together for trainers, training mangers and others involved in L&D. It's a great opportunity to meet, share, make friends, learn from each other, and generate new ideas together. Our next meeting is on 23rd Sept at the Monks Yard near Ilminster, and as well as short sessions being run by group members, we have workshops on using storytelling to aid learning and using TA in the training room. The event is a full day and only costs £40+vat. It's open to all, so if you'd like to find out more, go to http://www.salt-box.co.uk/assets/trainers%20exchange%2023rd%20sept.pdf