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Available Open Courses

  • Price per delegate: £850 + VAT
  • 31 August - 1 Sept: London - Central
  • 21 - 22 September: Manchester
  • 27 - 28 September: London - Central
  • 5 - 6 October: Birmingham
  • 12 - 13 October: London - Heathrow
  • 18 - 19 October: Manchester
  • 25 - 26 October: London - Central
  • 2 - 3 November: Birmingham
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  • Get the best performance from yourself and others
  • Communicate with more clarity, accuracy and persuasiveness
  • Set ambitious goals and achieve them on time
  • Use good humour to make yourself more effective in the workplace
  • Distinguish between constructive and destructive criticism
  • Manage your priorities so that you are always doing the most important thing
  • Inspire others to create a positive atmosphere around you
Learn practical tools that you can use in real-life situations.

Personal Development Training - 2 day course

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This course is also available as an in house group training course in the UK and worldwide. We can tailor the content to fit your specific needs.
Group training costs from £1,850 +VAT per day for up to 20 delegates (international training price varies).
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Two day open course: £850 +VAT per delegate.
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We currently offer open courses in: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Heathrow, Central London, Oxford, Swindon, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton, Glasgow, Scotland and Dubai, UAE.

Please note all our training courses include three months additional FREE telephone coaching.

Course Timings: Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30. Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00, giving you an opportunity to check emails and make calls.

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About the Course

If you are working in a place with a lot of pressure, then you may be interested in the excellent two-day personal development training.

After this course you will enjoy the benefits of using the Six Major Skills, namely:
Setting goals, accurate communication, preparation and planning, handling difficult people, self-control, and the ability to motivate the whole team.

You will love this course because it will allow you to mentally organise your existing knowledge and to increase your powers further using new material that you have never seen before.

This complete and detailed, two-day training course is the perfect answer; it is designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the principles that will enable you to get the best from yourself and others.

Please read the full course description, and then select your best venue and dates and book your place on this popular training course.

Course Overview

Brief outline of the Personal Development Training

Day One - Morning

  • How do you get the best from yourself and others?
  • Develop the six key personal development skills
  • How to develop goal focus
  • The accurate use of language
  • Distinguish the critic from the cynic
  • Define your most important ideas

Day One - Afternoon

  • How to handle difficult people
  • Objective language
  • Prepare your message in advance
  • Separate reasons from excuses
  • When to compromise and when not to
  • Action plan

Day Two - Morning

  • Time management training
  • Understanding 'deadline pressure' and 'value'
  • Distinguish between being 'busy' and being 'productive'
  • Prioritise work according to its value and deadline pressure
  • Handling interruptions and distractions
  • Proper delegation and correct prioritisation
  • The 80/20 principle and its application to time management

Day Two - Afternoon

  • Positive mental attitude. How it affects tangible results
  • The EDISON success formula
  • Avoid the failure formula
  • The value of 'critical feedback'
  • Turning negative situations into positive
  • Action plan, final summary close

Course content was comprehensive, including useful tools that I can use at work and in personal life. Just what I wanted to learn. Excellent. Trainers presentation was fantastic. Easy to understand and learn with the techniques. Professional and knowledgeable.

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Personal Development Training Course Content

Personal Development Training - Day One - AM

We start by asking this question: How can you get the very best from yourself and others?

You can get the very best from yourself and others only by developing your personal skills.

Which skills specifically should you concentrate on developing?

The following six key professional development skills:

  1. To develop a definite goal focus
  2. To communicate clearly, persuasively and confidently
  3. To intelligently organise people, and effectively prioritise work
  4. To confidently manage conflict and handle even your most difficult people
  5. To self- motivate with a positive mental attitude and to easily handle your stress
  6. To inspire others and create a positive and productive atmosphere

Let us develop each of these qualities in turn.

Develop your self - personal development

The first principle of personal development: Goals

All development starts with setting goals - you need to develop a clear sense of purpose - become more goal focused.

  • How to create a "Big picture vision" for your future - create a definite "Goal focus"
  • Define your personal standards - how do you wish to be perceived by others? Decide how you wish to be perceived and act accordingly.
  • Check your communication: do you make mistakes in your use of humour and gossip?

Training notes and then practice.

The second principle of personal development: Communication

How to communicate with more clarity

  • Can you make yourself understood?
  • Are you able to explain your ideas to others with clarity and confidence?
  • Use only accurate language How to define the exact meaning of your key ideas
  • How to distinguish between "being critical" and "being negative"
  • The importance of talking about what you want rather than want you don’t want
  • Develop the art asking the right questions and of listening carefully to the answers

Practical exercises for the delegates to learn skills


Personal development training - Day One - PM

The next principle of personal development: Conflict and assertiveness

Assertiveness and proper conflict management training

Conflict is inevitable and therefore you must be able to handle it:

  • Do you handle conflict situations well?
  • Or do you sometimes lose your cool?
  • Or do you sometimes lose your nerve?
  • Or do you sometime avoid the conflict and run away?

Remember that conflict can be beneficial if it is well managed. Conflict can be destructive if it is not well managed?

How should you manage conflict situations? By using a rational approach; use the proper principles:

The proper conflict management principles require that you: -

  • Always protect their "self-concept"
  • Tell them precisely what is wrong
  • Suggest a logical way out of the conflict situation
  • Be objective and specific, not emotional or judgemental
  • Distinguish reasons from excuses
  • Give concessions to reasons.
  • Give no concessions to excuses
  • Know when to negotiate and when not to

Practical exercises for the delegates to learn skills


Action plan

The course content was awesome. I learned a lot from the exercise. Would have loved to learn more about controlling body language. The trainer had excellent time management and I loved his examples from personal life.

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Personal Development Training - Day Two - AM

Time management and Positive mental attitude

Time management training is about getting the most valuable work done in the least amount of time.

  • Don't waste your time
  • Operate according to a plan, not your mood
  • Keep asking 'What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?'

In order to prioritise properly; Use "Deadline pressure" and "value" as the key indicators.

  • Q1 Crisis - High value, high deadline pressure
  • Q2 Productive - High value, not deadline driven
  • Q3 Busy - Low value, but deadline driven
  • Q4 Fruitless - Low value, not deadline driven

Your worst enemy: the busy, but non-productive day.

Distinguish "Busy work" from "Productive work"

Have you ever had a busy but non-productive day?
Beat the time wasters - there are three major categories of time wasters:

  1. Some other people you work with waste your time
  2. Your own bad habits waste your time
  3. Poor or non-existent management systems waste your time.

How to delegate your lower value tasks

Delegate as much lower value work as you are able.

Prioritise your task list

How to prioritise your task list - prioritise tasks according to their value.
Manage your priorities by means of a decision matrix.

  1. Priority order decision matrix
  2. Yes or no? Decision
  3. Which one / what kind decision

Keep repeating the question: What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?

How to manage Interruptions: The 80/20 principle

  • How to get the maximum value in the minimum time without causing offence to the listener?
  • The Pareto time management principle states that 80% of the value comes from 20% of the causes
  • 80% of the value of the interruption will be in 20% or less of what they say
  • Manage the interruption using the "Pareto question"

Practical exercises for the delegates to learn skills


Personal development training – Day Two - PM

Manage your emotions

Your actions are controlled by two things:

  1. What you think
  2. How you feel
Personal Development Training - How you feel affects how you act

How you feel will affect how you act and therefore the results you are able to create. Put simply:

  • A person with a positive attitude tends to create good results
  • A person without a positive attitude tends not to create good results
  • A person with a bad attitude tends to create bad results

Therefore it is important to be able to create and sustain a "Positive Mental Attitude"

Develop a Positive mental attitude. How it works:

A positive attitude works for you like this:

  1. Positive thoughts and beliefs together, cause positive feelings, such as confidence and desire.
  2. Positive feelings, confidence and desire cause your actions to be progressive and goal orientated.
  3. Your progressive and goal orientated actions tend to create progressively better results.
  4. Your progressively better results trigger the next set of positive thoughts and beliefs.
  5. The next set of positive thoughts and beliefs together, cause more intense feelings of confidence and high ambition.
  6. And so on forever.

Positive mental attitude techniques

Manage your own mind. (Do not allow your thoughts or language to be become destructive)

Learn the EDISON success formula

The success formula is a description and prescription for all successful, goal directed action, composed of only five parts:

  1. Decide your goal- Know your outcome
  2. Formulate your best plan- in writing
  3. Take decisive action – don’t wait.
  4. Gather and evaluate the feedback. Both the positive and the negative
  5. Use the negative feedback to make progress by continually adapting and evolving

Recognise that the success formula is a continuous process

Avoid the opposite: Failure formula

Failure is the opposite formula

  1. Have no goals- suffer from indecision or unclear targets
  2. No written plan - wing it
  3. Procrastination – put it off
  4. Become disheartened in the face of setbacks and disappointments
  5. Stand still. Do the same thing this year as you did last year

Learn the value of "Critical feedback"

  1. The role of criticism in success: all success will demand that you learn how to handle setbacks defeat and criticism.
  2. Two forms of feedback. Constructive and destructive

Practical exercises for the delegates to learn skills


Final summary

How will this training help you to get the best from yourself and others?

Summary / action planning / close

The Training Method

The training method follows this general pattern - the training is very interactive and interesting:

  1. The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
  2. Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
  3. The delegates practice by doing exercise with the trainer.
  4. All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
  5. Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
  6. (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).

Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!

The course content was strong, informative and understandable. Easy to take key points and transfer into working life. Makes you think of how to work more effectively and productively. The trainer's presentation was clear, captivating and interesting. He was very passionate and focussed on sharing knowledge.

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Price for open training course

You are able to book this course online today.

The open training course costs only £850 +VAT per delegate . For this price we provide:

  • Two Full Days quality training
  • Tea, coffee and cakes
  • Lunch
  • Full colour course notes
  • Written action plan
  • Certificate
  • Additional training material by means of monthly updates
  • Access to the Post Course Portal
  • Plus 3 months free telephone coaching
    • To answer any on-going questions, you will also receive email and telephone support from your trainer after you have attended the course. Whilst you are implementing what you have learned we will be there to help you if you need us for advice, guidance and coaching.

After the course, how can you to keep the training-momentum going?

We understand that it is important to keep the momentum of the training going, in the weeks after the course. The ideas and methods that you learnt during the course need to be implemented, not just for the two weeks after the course, but for all time!

In order to make that happen, we will give you continued, on-going support after the training course has finished. The support comes in the form of the Post Course Portal.

The Post Course Portal is a web page that contains a review of all the course material, plus the following:

  • Newsletters containing training blogs and articles, which will provide you with ongoing training and good ideas, whenever you need them.
  • Fun questionnaires that are designed to tease out your strengths and weaknesses and then give you ideas as to how you might improve your performance.
  • Decision matrices that will allow you to make decisions and prioritise tasks into the correct order.
  • Summary diagrams and mind maps from the course.
  • Conflict scripts that give you examples of how the conflict method can be used, in real life situations.
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Personal Development Training Course Quiz

The best way to ensure success is to develop yourself and the people around you.

If you stay the same, nothing will change.
If you will improve, everything around you will seem to improve.

Personal development means developing the key skills that make the biggest difference.

Take this course quiz to see where you are strong and where you are NOT so strong.

View this page on your computer to complete the quiz!

Score yourself out of 10 for each of the following questions. With 10 representing excellence and 0 representing terrible.

1. Get the best performance from yourself and others

To what degree do you think you have realised your full potential. Do you think you are already as good as you can be? (score yourself higher) or do you think you have more potential that is currently being unused (score yourself lower)?

2. Communicate with more clarity, accuracy and persuasiveness

To what degree are you a gifted communicator? Do you find it easy to express yourself and convince others that your ideas are right and good? (Score yourself higher). Or do you find it difficult to communicate your thoughts feeling and beliefs to others, and convince them what you say is right? (Lower the score).

3. Set ambitious goals and achieve them on time.

To what degree do you set ambitious goals, and work to achieve them, are you a goal focused individual, (then score higher). Or do you tend to drift along, without goals, and hope that things will turn out okay, (then score lower).

4. Use good humour to make yourself more effective in the workplace.

To what degree do you have a good sense of humour which tends to ADD value to yourself or others, (score yourself higher): Or do you tend to use too much self-depreciating humour; or too much at the other person’s expense, (sarcastic or mickey taking humour?) (Lower the score).

5. Distinguish between constructive and destructive criticism.

To what degree are you good at offering constructive criticism. When you correct someone’s behaviour or knowledge, does it sound like help, (score higher) or does it sound like you are telling them off, or making them wrong? (Lower the score).

6. Manage your priorities so that you are always doing the most important thing.

To what degree do you manage your time, prioritise your tasks and spend your time doing the most important things, (score higher): or do you tend to just react to things and fail to strategically manage your time. (Score lower).

7. Inspire others to create a positive atmosphere around you.

Do you create a positive mental attitude and maintain it, even during tough times, (score higher)? Or is your emotional state governed by what other people do or say to you, (score lower).

8. Willingness to change and improve yourself.

Are you willing to make changes to yourself and improve your daily work habits, (score higher): Do you consider yourself too old to change, or unable to change, or unwilling to change? (Score lower).

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