More and more organisations are looking to bring training back in house – it’s potentially a major “money saver” when finance is tight and budgets are trimmed back. If this is a move your own organisation is considering, you’ll want to be sure your internal trainers have all the skills and confidence to do a great job!
MLR have recently appeared as voluntary guest speakers at a Motivational Development Day for the South East Region of the Networking Women in the Fire Service (NWFS)*. This was hosted at The Fire Fighters Charity in Littlehampton. The day consisted of four inspirational, highly practical and participative workshops, focusing on real-life application of motivational techniques in the work place.
This is the most frequent request of learners on Presentation Skills courses and Trainer Training courses – and on plenty of other interpersonal skills programmes as well. Sometimes people call it “presence” or “self assurance”. Basically, it’s “when I stand up in front of others, can you teach me how to feel and how to project confidence?”
“How far do we want our line managers to take responsibility for growing our people? . . . In our organisation, is that part of the manager’s job?”
It is worthwhile every organisation (whether public or private sector) asking this question.
If we conclude that we want managers to take that responsibility, and that yes, it is part of a manager’s job to grow ‘the next generation,’ there are three steps to follow:
It has been 18 months now since we won our three year contract as preferred suppliers of training to the UK Fire & Rescue Service, South East Region. And, alongside our hugely successful BTEC programmes, we have designed and delivered a range of well-received (non-accredited) management courses.
With numerous successful and enjoyable programmes behind us, and plenty more in the pipeline, we pause to draw breath and reflect.
Over the last year and a half, MLR have run a whole series of BTEC Level 3 courses in Leadership and Management – some for single brigades, where the brigade can field enough candidates to make up a whole course; others are “composites” where several brigades agree to share a course at a central venue.
Business management training brings many pleasures and satisfactions, as well as the occasional challenge or frustration, as any trainer will know. One of the most energising aspects of being a trainer, perhaps, is the ever-present possibility of surprise – which never diminishes however long you’ve been doing the job.
On a recent Presentations Skills course in India, Margot was running a light-hearted preliminary exercise, “My Worst Business Moment”, in which each delegate delivers a one minute talk, using a personal anecdote to “lift” the presentation and entertain the audience. Continue reading
MLR Directors, Margot and Michelle, have spent the past few years clocking up their air miles by travelling to some fantastic places including India, China, the Netherlands, USA, Spain and Portugal. Two of MLR’s linguistic trainers, Alain and Fernanda, have also done their fair share of travelling to Brazil, Portugal, France and Spain to run different MLR training programmes. Continue reading