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HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million.
TIPS for Good Management Ltd has been in existence since 1998. Julian Hammond is the principal and founder of the business who has a wide background of industrial and commercial knowledge with over 30 years experience at supervisory, middle and senior management level. Julian also operates at director level. Based in the heart of Norfolk, UK, the Company boasts a number of corporate clients who have gained significant benefits from the courses that TIPS for Good Management offers. We are also approved by the Chartered Management Institute. The TIPS programme has been uniquely developed using our �Brain Friendly' techniques. The use of accelerated learning means that information is absorbed more quickly, more thoroughly and can be recalled more easily. In 2007 we were UK Winners of The National Training Awards and in 2008 we received the Training Journal Award for Best Change Management Programme and recognition for the Best Commercial Programme for over 1000 employees. We spend years at school and college learning things. Maths, Science, English, Chemistry, Physics etc, etc. But how long do we spend understanding how we learn? For most of us this period of our lives was spent learning in the "academic wayï". It was fairly strict and the threat of punishment if we didn't conform was ever present. We learned by constantly repeating things and we competed with our peers, surely you remember the stigma of being bottom of the class or the dislike we felt for the swot who was top of the class? Talking to each other was frowned upon; indeed in exam and test conditions it was called cheating! Learning by reading was also the norm and was probably the way most of the knowledge was transferred. At best our teachers spoke, wrote information on a board and we listened and copied it down. Compare that experience to how we learned things before we could read write or even speak properly. Yes I am referring to our formative years before attending school. We learned by experimenting, by getting it wrong and being encouraged to have another go. We were told stories which carried phenomenally powerful messages. Games and having fun were all an integral part of our learning process at a critical time in our development. In fact these were important lessons that we needed for life, so they had to be learned well. Have you noticed how sometimes under extreme pressure sportsmen "choke"? This tells us a lot about the brain and what the conditions need to be for optimum learning and peak performance. If you consider some of the teachers you had in school or college which one's stand out most? For me it was those that were truly inspirational. The one's that cared about me the individual, who encouraged me to do better even when I perhaps got it wrong or didn't understand straight away. There were never any stupid questions for these teachers, they applauded the attempt and by doing so I lost any fear of failure. Above all else they made it fun, enjoyable and inclusive. Can you recall the colours of the rainbow and in their correct sequence? Thought you might! Did you do the "Richard Of York Gained Battle In Vain" thing? Maybe you remembered ROYGBIV? When you leaned the alphabet and even your "times tables" (when they used to be mandatory) did you do it with either a song or rhythmically? I can almost hear you singing - A, B, C, D, E, F, G.... The use of acronyms and mnemonics have been powerful learning devices for centuries as have stories and metaphors. Here's another strange phenomenon, what happens when you catch a familiar aroma wafting in the air, say a particular perfume or after shave? It immediately accesses the memory of a person, maybe a time and a place of emotional significance to you. For me it is always the smell of newly cut grass in spring. The memories of the cricket field come flooding back and the "crack" of leather on willow. Similarly a familiar piece of music can conjure up in your mind's eye an image of a scene or a memory of an event long since passed. It comes back to our consciousness as sharp and clear and as powerful as if it was only yesterday. What does all of the above tell us and how does this fit with "Brain Friendly Training?" We know that participants on a training event will likely be influenced by the school "system" they experienced. Firstly we create the right environment for the brain to learn effectively, this is absolutely critical. When we deliver information it comes in a variety of ways, all designed to appeal to the most natural way of learning. We play games, and have themes to the sessions where the whole room becomes a learning environment. Music features heavily and the occasional use of carefully selected aromas to set the mood or stimulate participants. The learners are encouraged to share knowledge rather than compete with each other; this can take the form of learning partners or syndicate work. Stories, movie clips, game shows, virtual car racing, Oscar ceremonies, all features in our learning approach. The outcomes of the Brain Friendly approach have been astonishing by anyone's standards. Participants leave the sessions full of energy and ideas about how to implement the training. People talk of "life changing" moments and being able to recall information easily and they retain it for extraordinary long periods of time. The business results for companies have been equally stunning. One large corporate organisation kept a tally of the cost savings proposed over 2 years of management courses we ran. The last total we heard of was over £30 million! In summary, Brain Friendly training is a truly holistic approach to learning. The whole person is engaged in a way that makes even the most difficult of subjects easy to understand and apply in the real world. The techniques appeal directly to that part of the brain where long term memory and learning resides and is probably the most natural way for human beings to absorb, retain and recall information. Our delegates talk of "inspirational training" and "fantastic results". Many are taken by surprise about how much they have learned whilst having fun. This often doesn't become obvious until suddenly they find their brains accessing a piece of learning and apply it to a situation in the workplace with dramatic results!
I'm an experienced Leadership Consultant and Trainer, Speaker, Executive and Life Coach and author with 30+ years experience in developing leadership potential and empowerment, supporting people at individual or organizational level to develop confidence, leadership and people skills; empowering them to see themselves as the solution. I've also founded Recovering Workaholics. A serious ski accident in 1983, forced me to use a wheelchair. As the Head Teacher (Principle)of a large school I was unable to access most classrooms. I had to look at the bigger picture and develop innovative ways to motivate and engage staff so that they were self reliant, understood how to deliver excellence and take responsibility for their own performance. The approach was successful in maximizing both personal development and leadership potential. It's also why in the 20 years of leading the school, it was acknowledged as one of Ofsted's "Best Schools" twice and included on the HMI honours list as one of England's most successful schools and had a string of quality and kite marks. The approaches have proved just as successful in a wide range of business settings. Books include "Kick Start Your Career", "Manage Your Staff More Effectively" and "Chariots On Fire". www.ginagardinerassociates.co.uk www.recoveringworkaholics.com
Frank Adler co-founded Operational Excellence Consulting LLC in 2009. He is not only an accomplished and recognized Operational Excellence, Lean Management, and Six Sigma coach, but has also close to 20 years of domestic and international executive leadership experience in General Management, multi-site Operations & Supply Chain Management, and Quality & Customer Support Management.
Maura Schreier-Fleming is president of [email protected] (www.BestatSelling.com) which was started in 1997. She works with business and sales professionals to increase productivity and sales. She is the author of Real-World Selling for Out-of-this-World Results, Monday Morning Sales Tips and writes several business columns including "Customer Connections" for the Dallas, Austin and Houston Business Journals. She writes the Real Deal: Success for Women in Business blog for Allbusiness.com and is a Sales Coach for Allbusiness.com. Maura developed and delivers the Master Selling program for the Small Business Development Center in North Texas. Maura has been quoted in the New York Times, Selling Power and Entrepreneur. Her clients include UPS, Fujitsu, the Houston Texans, Fannie Mae, Conoco and Chevron. She was Mobil Oil’s first female lubrication engineer in the U.S. Maura has her M. S. from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Cornell University. She took two semesters of auto mechanics classes from DeKalb Tech.
Neil Ihde is a speaker, lecturer, consultant and founder of Life IQ®, where he motivates groups and individuals to work, play, relate and live intelligently. He has worked with numerous managers, directors, corporate leaders, and teams to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Neil's list of Fortune 500 companies he has worked with includes Wal-Mart, Merrill Lynch, Pearson, and Gannett among others. Neil has also consulted internationally with clients from a dozen countries. He is the co-author of the book "When Would Now Be A Good Time?" and was recently a personality consultant to Woman's World magazine. Neil and his wife Deb have two children and live in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The PAR Group for over 30 years has been improving the influencing skills necessary for the most critical elements of business: Leadership, Teamwork, Sales, Management, Coaching, Supervising, Consulting, Listening and Communication. Supported by Nobel Prize-winning research, The PAR Group has been validating its unique skills and coaching methodology with over 500 companies in 25 countries.
I'm a business strategy and operations consultant/coach with more than 20 years' experience working with a variety of businesses, from major corporations to freelancers. I specialize in helping companies plan for and solve the question of how to move forward and grow intelligently. I've helped hundreds of companies, large and small, with: * Business-wide and case-by-case strategic planning and implementation * Project design, planning and implementation * Growth planning * Business operations audits * Human Resources audits * Employee retention * Process improvement * Training and team building Let me know how I can help you and your business!
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I am a productivity, organization, and efficiency specialist focusing on helping small business owners achieve their goals!
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Bestselling Author of 16 books and Hall of Fame professional speaker with over 2,800 engagements worldwide. I am the original author of Relationship Selling. That book along with The Acorn Principle have both become international bestsellers and been translated into multiple languages. I teach people to become better presenters, speakers and leaders through the practice of Self-Knowledge and Relationship Intelligence®.
Kumara Consulting programs, classes and sessions offer innovative processes, practical tools and professional guidance for inspired success. An experienced educator and consultant, Barbara enjoys working with individuals and organizations to meet their objectives for increased balance, well-being and creativity. Certified to teach Deepak Chopra's Primordial Sound Meditation in 2001 Barbara has helped hundreds to bring powerful meditation practices to their daily lives and experience the extraordinary benefits. She honors the traditional roots while recognizing the practical aspects of integrating meditation with today's lifestyles. Her background as a respected business strategist adds essential seasoning to the mix.
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In addition to her entrepreneurial work, Cathy also has executive leadership experience with IBM Corporation. She walked away from a successful corporate career to focus on her life’s purpose of enhancing and advancing the lives of others. Her professional experience in the male-dominated technology industry affords her the ability to speak from experience on many topics related to career and life success. She is Certified Professional Speaker with the National Speakers Association (NSA), Executive Women International (EWI), Kentucky Coaches Alliance (an International Coaching Federation organization), and has been featured in numerous regional and national publications including Black Enterprises, and Ebony Magazines. Cathy has national clients and has participated in Conferences with A-List top speakers (i.e., Zig Ziglar) nationwide.
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