Send a Cow

Last week I was in the privileged position of running a Leadership Workshop with some of the amazing individuals working for the incredible charity, Send a Cow.  I had been put in touch with the business through a contact, Paul Stuart, who is now the Chief Operating Officer there and at the time knew little about what they did and became intrigued to learn more.

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The Voice

As the fifth series of “The Voice” began on the BBC last week, we thought a focus on the impact of the voice might be an interesting subject to consider for our blog this week.  We consulted with our very own voice expert, Jessica Claire to gather her views on this subject and here’s what she has to say:

I spent the whole of my twenties with a guy who sounded like he had a Murray Mint stuck in his throat.  He played professional rugby and had the body of Adonis and a face to match. So I cast aside the off-putting nature of his John Major-esuqe voice for a stonkingly long time. But it always niggled me. That voice. It sounded strained and uncertain. And didn’t match his confident, masculine exterior.

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2016 – The Future of Learning and Development

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”

The end of last year saw a number of articles and reports documenting the challenges for Learning and Development departments and the profession as a whole. Much has been made of the demise of classroom based courses that take place over a number of days and the required agility of L&D in this fast paced and technological age.

As we see more and more organisations moving away from the traditional methods of training to a more “self-service” style of learning, there are a number of considerations to be made before disregarding classroom style workshops as an option.
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Merry Christmas

As another year winds to a close, we just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone we have worked with in 2015. We’ve had a really interesting year working on amazing projects with clients new and old and our talented team delivered fantastic results; it was a pleasure to work with you all.

We hope the festive season gives everyone the chance to relax, recharge and re-energise. Whatever you are doing have a fabulous Christmas and may 2016 bring good things to all.

Carrie and Karen

Graduating Class of 2015 Re-energised and re-focused!

In November I was asked to facilitate a workshop to help graduates who had yet to make their first step onto the career ladder. You might well ask what was taking them so long to get going, after all they have had nearly 5 months without the distractions of exams and dissertations to find a job. Well, what I found was a myriad of reasons behind their seemingly lack of action: unclear about what they wanted to do; uncertainty about how they could best use what they had learned in their degree course; insufficient work experience and the most common reason of all – lack of confidence in their own abilities to positively impact on recruiters and employers.
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