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All About Apprenticeships

Following on from National Apprenticeship Week, you might be considering taking on an apprentice or wondering whether an apprenticeship is right for you or someone in your family. There are no easy answers but there are some things to consider and I hope my blog might give you some more insight to help you make your decision.   Thinking of Taking on an Apprentice? An apprentice can be a good solution for a small or medium sized business looking to…

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Taming the Passive Objector

A common sight in training rooms across the lands is the passive objector. This lone creature does not disrupt the session but slowly draws the life and positivity out of the room like a Dementor from Harry Potter. The reasons for objecting can be varied but usually revolve around having been made to do something they don’t want to do. In many cases you find that the objector is either an older or younger member of the team. An older…

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Does Your Organisation Have a Secret?

  You might be surprised to know that 16% of adults in England are classed as ‘functionally illiterate’. This means they have a level of English that is the same or below that of an eleven year old. These adults will struggle to access many jobs and therefore may not be able to reach their full potential. Most of these 5.2 million people will be trying to keep their level of English a secret feeling ashamed of their ability. These…

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The Needs of the Many

  “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.”   Any Star Trek fans out there will recognise the quote above but you might be wondering what Mr Spock has got to do with learning. I was thinking about the quote in relation to the difficulty of meeting the needs of each person when teaching or training in a group situation. The majority of training or teaching will be geared towards the needs of…

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Five Maths Skills Everyone Should Master

I’m often told by people that they don’t use maths at work, or at home, so they can’t really see the point of having to learn it at school. Whilst there are many aspects of maths that are only used in very specific careers, there are some basics that everyone should master as you never know when you might need them. Finding a percentage discount. This is an important maths skill if you are selling, or buying, a product at…

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More or Less…

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of giving out January advice. There are lots of people making resolutions, or choosing not to make resolutions, and lots of people giving advice about resolutions so I thought I would join in. Now, although I’m not generally a fan of resolutions, I do agree with the idea that the new year can be a good time to start putting in place the changes you want to make. Putting on the advice giving hat, I…

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The Twelve Days of An Office Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my office sent to me: a cold caller on the phone   On the second day of Christmas my office sent to me: Two missed calls and a cold caller on the phone   On the third day of Christmas my office sent to me: Three paper jams Two missed calls and a cold caller on the phone   On the fourth day of Christmas my office sent to me: Four Windows updates Three…

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First Impressions Part 2: What Does Your Profile Picture Say About You?

In my last article, When Does a First Impression Become a Last Impression?, I discussed what aspects we judge people on when they make first contact with us and the fact that we have to use this very limited information to decide whether we want to connect with them. In part two I will be focusing on professional profile pictures and what kind of impact different types of pictures might have. For each type of profile picture below I’ve looked…

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When does a first impression become a last impression?

This week I’ve been thinking about first impressions. Even though most of us like to think we don’t judge other people, our brains automatically form an opinion within the first few seconds of meeting someone. In our digital world first impressions are often formed by reading an email, a tweet or looking at a profile picture. Once we have the first impression we then need to decide whether we want to take that next step to include that person within…

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The Art of Achievement

After reading an interesting article by Dr Travis Bradberry on procrastination, I began wondering how much of our day we really spend on procrastinating and ‘doing other things’ instead of working towards the things we really want to achieve. Look back over the last 24 hours. What did you do? You’ve probably listed things like: went to work, had dinner, took the children to school, sat in the car, cleaned the kitchen, watched TV, checked Facebook, delivered a presentation etc.…

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