Soft Skills Training Courses

Soft Skills Training

Soft Skills Training, Skills Soft (Soft Skills).


Soft Skills Course Outlines

ID Name Duration Overview
2632 Build your Didactic Toolbox 7 hours In this workshop you can improve your repertoire of teaching methods to formulate your message clearly, create more interesting lectures and seminars, and collect feedback. You will practice communicative techniques that help students to master difficult subjects in a self-responsible way. Target audience Technical professionals who prepare and deliver training sessions What are teaching methods? Introduction Expectations of participants Planning a teaching unit Setting learning objectives with Blooms Taxonomy Setting learning objectives without Blooms Taxonomy SMART learning goals Method laboratory Well-known teaching methods Methods for frontal presentations Methods for interactive teaching Methods for computer-based training sessions Teaching methods in practice When to apply which method? Learning phases Writing a lesson plan Frequent pitfalls Practical exercises Teaching units conducted by participants Feedback
2534 Personal Efficiency and Managing Meetings 7 hours Audience Managers, Team Leaders and staff members who feel that: They are attending too many meetings Their time is being “stolen” by other people They cannot get to the bottom of their day’s work because of a lack of planning, foresight or prioritisation Format of the course The course will be a highly-interactive combination of: Facilitated Discussions Slide Presentations Exercises and Case Studies By the end of the course, delegates will be able to: Appreciate the need to manage meetings effectively – respecting the time pressures of those whom they invite to meetings Follow the standard processes for calling, managing and preparing the output of meetings Appreciate more widely some of the ways of managing themselves and their time more efficiently: to work smarter not harder… Understanding Ourselves and Others Understanding that when we ask others to attend a meeting we are imposing upon them our list of priorities What makes us behave the way we do? Are we aware how our behaviour affects others: do they always respond in the way we want them to and in the way that they should? If not, why not…? The Process for Managing Meetings Why is a meeting necessary; what are the alternatives; are any of the alternatives preferable? The process for calling, managing and preparing for meetings: Creating a meaningful agenda covering the objectives for the meeting, the subject(s) to be covered and suggested timings Inviting only the right people – and nobody else Managing the meeting: allowing only relevant contributions (but being careful to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant); keeping to the agenda; keeping to time Creating outputs: not necessarily detailed minutes but, at least, actions points Arranging follow-up meeting(s) Attending Meetings Do I need to attend all the meetings to which I am invited? How do I decide whether (or not) to attend meetings? What justifications do I have for declining to attend? What else am I allowed to do during a meeting related to attendees, subject matter being discussed and timings? Other Personal Efficiency and Time Management Issues Setting Objectives – personal and professional – and keeping to them Work Prioritisation How do I decide what needs to be done? How do I prioritise these activities? Employee-Imposed Time: are my staff and colleagues working for me or am I working for them…? Time Bandits: what else steals time away from me and what can I do about it? E-mails Telephone calls Unplanned interruptions Displacement activities: procrastination… Other things… Effective Delegation Assertiveness: seeking a compromise; learning to say “no” effectively
2528 Communicating and Influencing For Team Members 14 hours Audience Staff who need to be fully aware of the issues surrounding Communicating and Influencing: Their colleagues Their bosses Their internal and external customers and stakeholders Format of the course The course will be a highly-interactive combination of: Facilitated Discussions Slide Presentations Exercises and Case Studies By the end of the course, delegates will be able to: Appreciate the need to manage their own behaviour before they can influence others’ behaviour Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various communications media available Manage their internal and external customers and stakeholders Understanding Ourselves and Others What makes us behave the way we do? How can we understand which parts of this behaviour is acceptable – is required by our role in the business – and which parts are not acceptable? Feedback: how do others see and relate to us? Communication How do we communicate with others? What are the advantages / disadvantages of the various communications media? What do we mean by Effective Communication and how do we achieve it? Our respective thinking and learning styles and how they can be applied to our day-to-day work Emotional Intelligence Emotions and their consequences The importance of understanding our “EQ” (as opposed to the more-standard IQ) The five stages of Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence model: Self-Awareness Self-Management Motivation Empathy Social Skills Transactional Analysis Why do we act / react in a certain way to colleagues and customers? How can we build rapport with colleagues and customers? What are the benefits of “True Rapport” in our inter-personal relationships? Stakeholder Management Satisfying Stakeholders Stakeholder Analysis: internal and external stakeholders Dealing with Change The 9 key change principles The emotional reactions to change Resistance to change – and the benefits of resistance
2526 Coaching Skills 7 hours Audience Staff who need to be fully prepared to deliver high quality Coaching sessions To individual members of their own staff To their teams To individuals who are not directly connected to their own teams but who would value their independent – and non-judgemental - input Format of the course A combination of: Facilitated Discussions Delegate Coaching sessions – with full feedback By the end of the course, delegates will be able to: Define “Coaching” and explain in detail the use of Coaching to improve individual and team performance – particularly relating its use to understanding the reasons behind (and rectifying) under-performance Deliver meaningful Coaching Sessions Define Coaching Ensure clarity on what exactly Coaching is and how it is used Link “Coaching” as a discipline to improving individual and team performance (or analysing and rectifying under-performance) Understand how learning shared can easily be transferred into a “commitment to action” Coaching models Introduction to the GROW model G = Goal: the purpose of the discussion or changes the individual / team wishes to make R = Reality: an honest assessment of the current situation and the need for change O = Options: what can be done to achieve that change; what else; is there anything else…? W = Will: is the desire there to see this through or will one of the other factors – GRO –prevent the achievement of the change; how will we measure progress? Consideration of all the factors required in: Turning vision into reality Delivering measurable outcomes Making effective decisions Managing the change Introducing the House of Change: understanding the need sometimes to make things worse before they can get better Becoming a successful Coach How does a Coach behave? What does a Coach do? Understanding the need to remain separate – aloof? – from the detail and only contribute individual comments / suggestions at appropriate times Coaching performance from individuals whose day-to-day work we don’t understand The link with Performance Management Objective setting – understanding what is required Managing against these objectives – understanding what success / shortfall looks like Recognising (and rectifying) under-performance; particularly recognising the causes of under- performance (which may be nothing to do with the individual’s workload) Coaching and Feedback: links and differences Coaching in Practice Facilitated sessions of Coaching – initially in a group environment to allow targeted feedback; then in coaching pairs – to put into practice the models which have already been discussed.
2352 Communicating and Influencing - For Managers and Team Leaders 14 hours Audience Staff who need to be fully aware of the issues surrounding Communicating and Influencing: Their colleagues Their bosses Their internal and external customers and stakeholders Format of the course The course will be a highly-interactive combination of: Facilitated Discussions Slide Presentations Exercises and Case Studies By the end of the course, delegates will be able to: Appreciate the need to manage their own behaviour before they can influence others’ behaviour Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various communications media available Manage their internal and external customers and stakeholders Explain how to deal with the difficult situations they may encounter in the office This course is almost identical to the Team Members’ course (see separate outline) but with these changes: There is an addition module entitled: Leadership v Management which covers: The similarities and differences between Leadership and Management. What makes a Great Leader; what makes a Great Manager? Management Styles There is an additional module entitled: Delivering Change which covers: Why Change does / does not work Change Principles Resistance to Change – and why, occasionally, resistance to change is beneficial
1824 Scientific Communication 14 hours During this workshop participants will be familiarised with basics of scientific communication including ways of preparing presentations, short articles and posters promoting scientific results. The theoretical course is interwoven with simple practical exercises, quizzes and tests to make sure that participants understand the concepts. During the training you will be taught how to present your results in a comprehensible and interesting way. By the end of the course you will be able to deliver a memorable speech and create a presentation that will be remembered. The course has been designed for people who want to learn how to present their work in an interesting, clear, understandable and memorable way. It has been designed especially for: Researchers presenting their scientific results at conferences and workshops Scientists applying for grants Managers who want to introduce their ideas and plans in a scientific environment Lecturers who want to learn how to run their courses in a professional way General rules of scientific communication Rules for preparing high quality scientific presentations Rules for preparing understandable and effective scientific figures and posters
1969 Assertiveness 7 hours A highly participative course involving individual and group discussions and skills practice to enable delegates to share ideas and develop their skill levels. Audience Anyone who is looking to enhance their assertiveness skills Aim This course aims to raise confidence and increase the delegate’s ability to communicate confidently and assertively with colleagues and customers. Objectives By the end of the programme the participants will: Understand and overcome the barriers to being assertive Recognise behaviour traits within yourself and others and learn effective strategies for managing them Communicate effectively with a wide range of people to achieve a win-win situation wherever possible Effectively manage difficult situations. What is assertiveness and how can I achieve it? Understanding and overcoming the barriers to assertiveness Building self confidence Communicating effectively – getting your message across Identifying influencing strategies that can effectively manage difficult situations Continuing Professional Development (personal reflection and action planning).  
1972 Springboard Women Development Programme 7 hours Many women use the programme to get results at work, such as new qualifications, promotions, new skills, a new attitude to change and a massive boost in confidence.Others focus on results in their personal life, such as sorting out difficult relationships, improving health, dealing with stress and gaining a work/life balance. The Springboard Women’s Development Programme is a successful, award-winning development course for women. The Programme enables women to take more control over their own lives by identifying the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take and developing the skills and confidence to take them. Originally written for the BBC in 1988, the programme has now been successfully run in over 360 private and public sector organisations. The programme is often described as being the UK’s leading women’s personal development course. What results can I expect? Many other women who have completed the programme are better able to: Deal with stress Come up with solutions to their problems Develop the self confidence needed to make things happen Manage change productively Assert themselves more confidently when communicating with other people Balance work and home life Set personal and professional goals and identify practical steps to achieve them Present a positive image
1970 Proactive People Management 14 hours This course is to help managers to get the best performance from the people they are trusted to lead by managing people, priorities, projects and quality more productively. Understand the value of the 'psychological contract' Why people perform like they do - however positive or negative Use coaching as a tool to enhance personal and team performance Deal with poor performance quickly, effectively and ethically Improve their emotional intelligence and connection with colleagues Understand problems from different viewpoints and generate solutions Develop credibility based on good management rather than job title Increase personal productivity and focus on 'added value' tasks Enhance teamwork and shared ownership of performance and results Deliver positive praise and reprimand communication
2646 Building an Effective Team with Belbin Team Roles 7 hours The Team Roles identified by Dr Meredith Belbin are used extensively in organisations worldwide. This course will guide you through the Team Roles theory to help identify ways to use your strengths to your advantage and manage your weaknesses as best you can. The course is suitable for individuals who want to learn to function better in, or improve their management of, teams. It is also ideal for existing teams, who, together, can examine ways to work more effectively in their specific environment. Introduction The work of Dr Meredith Belbin How Team Roles theory has been used effectively How not to use Team Roles theory Belbin Team Roles overview Determining Your Preferred Role Self-Perception Inventory Observer Assessments Team Development The 9 Belbin Team Roles Developing  your individual strengths for team success Understanding allowable weaknesses (Belbin Team Report – optional for teams taking the course together) Team Dynamics Understanding how others affect your behaviour Handling difficult people How to deal with missing roles
2616 Effective communication skills 21 hours Who should attend Individual contributors, Managers, Team leaders, whose success depends on their ability to communicate clearly, to be understood and to influence how another person performs, and create positive working relationships. Course description Individual and team success depends upon the ability of individuals to communicate with others, face to face, as well as virtually. Every interaction with another person determines how you are perceived and every interaction is an opportunity to develop trust and exert positive influence. Whether presenting one to one or to an audience of one thousand, conveying information to a project team or delivering a difficult message, communicating effectively is one of the most powerful skills for achieving your objectives. This course develops your ability to focus on your outcome, tune in to your audience and develop your message for clarity and impact. Your ability to create an environment for open discussion and ongoing dialogue is crucial for communication success. The communications skills covered in this course will increase your ability to exercise choice and control for every type of conversation, influence with out authority and improve quality of relationships and productivity. Course Outline Foundation Tools Set clear communication objectives Establish clear understanding of roles Clarify the requirements and process that is most effective to achieve communication outcomes Identify and utilize common ground for successful interactions Team Exercise The Communication Process Stages of Communication Prepare the message Match the message Deliver the message Barriers to communication Communication Exercise-Case Studies Communication Skills Choice and Control Emotional Intelligence Four Key Components Developing Trust Gaining Rapport Outcome Thinking Listening for understanding Expressing without Provoking Questioning for Specifics Summarizing Influencing Expanding the Skill Set Influencing Framework Guidelines Personal Needs and Motivations Influencing Strategy Influencing Exercise-Planning and Practice Challenging Situations Understanding and Managing Conflict Communicating Non-Defensively Communicating Exercise-Real Plays Facilitating Team Communications Dealing with Dreaded Behaviors Team Exercise-Difficult Situations Summary and Action Plans Lessons learned and plans for ongoing development
2457 Organisational Behaviour 14 hours Introduction to OB Diversity in Organisation Attitude & job satisfaction Personality Perception & individual decision making Motivation Foundation of group behaviour (groups & teams) Organisational structure or communication Leadership Managing change & stress - conflict Organisational Culture
85086 Presenting technical solutions to the world of non-engineers 14 hours This course is dedicated to: engineers who come up with difficult to explain technical solutions and want to present them to non-technical people, marketers who have to translate the language of engineers from the company to the language of users, which sometimes is not the same. After taking this course, the delegates will be able to present hard technical solutions in a simple way. The course will consist mostly of practical tasks, including designing a short presentation. Some short videos with examples of great presentations will be shown as well. Overcoming stage fright understanding the origins of stress, how to prevent stress long time before the presentation, how to quickly improve your confidence before going to the stage. Why instead of What starting with Why this solution matters, describing How is it different from others, What it exactly is? A toolkit of the presenter using metaphors, using user-friendly language, the power of props and demos, introducing guests, and how did Steve Jobs do all that? Designing presentations that don't scare off simplifying slides, the power of visuals, presenting data (schemes, charts, etc.).
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