A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 2

A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 2

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The next 5 myth busters before you decide whether this role is ‘for you’   I remember the day well – the first time I sat in the training room as a participant, in some swanky hotel in the Thames Valley. Two things occurred to me as I was experiencing being a participant. The first was that it looked so easy to be the person at the front of the room…the second was that I figured that it was something that I could do myself one day. Three years later, as I was contemplating that first job offer in that field, and as I sold it to myself, firstly, and then my wife (who was about to experience her new husband being away from home 3 nights a week (every…
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A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 1

A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 1

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The first 5 myth busters before you decide whether this role is ‘for you’   25 years ago, I was offered my first job as a ‘trainer’ – that was the day my world changed forever. What I discovered was, that in this crowded market of learning and development professionals, to stand out, this job, whilst one of the most rewarding on the planet, is one of the most demanding as well. An extraordinary collection of experiences, places visited and thousands of people met. However, as you look under the bonnet of the role….it is not as glamorous as it seems! I’d therefore like to bust some myths in order to set the record straight! I have split these myths into two …one set that refer to the experiences of…
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Setting up a small business – the essence of success

Setting up a small business – the essence of success

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Top 10 tips of the thinking behind the inception of Expression for Growth Sixth December 2000 was a big day in the Selwood household; we had taken the plunge, we had incorporated the business, bought the computers, leased a printer, bought two desks, cleared out the spare room….and there we were, starting from scratch. The purpose of this article is to share with you what was in our minds when we decided to set up Expression for Growth, and what, I know, has made us the successful business we are, nearly two decades later.   So, what did we do….or rather, NOT do? I would love to be able to share with you that we modelled our business on a five-year business plan, with projections for turnover, profit, cashflow forecasts,…
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The WHY behind setting up my own company

The WHY behind setting up my own company

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A story of parents, failed training courses and THE magic ingredient In this article, I share what was the underlying motivation behind setting up Expression for Growth back in the year 2000. Three out of four of my parents were teachers (and the other a salesman), and having been brought up in that environment, I swore that I would never enter that profession; the stress, the hours, the commitment, far, far beyond (what I saw as) the call of duty, put me off. So I became a mining and explosives engineer, and then a salesman (obviously!). Here I am, 45 years later, at the other end of my career journey having created and run an award-winning multinational management development organisation operating in six languages, with a base in the UK…
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Leading the adult horse to water……

Leading the adult horse to water……

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Learning in an adult world is not like being at school… As the saying goes……you can lead the horse, but you cannot make it drink. Nothing is truer in the context of adult learning and two decades of experience has taught us some fundamentals that need to be in place to support the change in the workplace. Here is our top 10 list for success when working with a group of adult learners; Adults come to learning with years of experience; It works when you acknowledge that adults come to a learning event with a sack-full of beliefs, experiences, values and excuses that could make the ‘new way’ and anathema to them – the only way to change that is for them to help change their beliefs associated with that…
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