Tags: Personal Development

Become a better baker for the Bake Off!

Published: 26/08/2016

It's that time of the year again when the summer has begun to wane, the days are getting shorter and the usual big sporting event is finished. Perfect for the Great British Bake-Off to start again! To help viewers who have caught the baking bug, we have picked out a few courses that could improve your skills.

How to win bids and tenders

Published: 01/06/2016

Bidding, tendering, pitching are all important elements of winning work. Being able to write persuasively, really getting to the heart of customer's requirements and compelling them to decide in your favour is a real skill. Sarah Amery provides insight from 20 years of bidding for Big 4 firms, international engineering consultancies as well as smaller, private organisations.

How To Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

Published: 21/09/2015

We make decisions everyday that affect our lives to a great extent. Be it in a personal or a professional context, you can never deny the significance and the necessity of good decision making. Critical thinking helps us to find any flaw, if it exists, in our decision making process and helps us to reach a better outcome by eliminating those flaws. 

Read this article and learn how to improve your critical thinking skills.

How to improve your emotional intelligence at work

Published: 02/07/2015

Employers now seek much more than technical expertise in those they hire. Among the soft skills they look out for, emotional intelligence is always likely to be among the top three.

Learning to read and recognise emotions isn't easy, but if you don't have time for a full course, why not try these quick ways to train yourself on-the-job?

10 skills to improve while you're bored at work

Published: 08/06/2015

Bored at work? Many would envy you for it, but you're probably not having the best time. So don't sit there idle twiddling your thumbs - get a bit creative and take the chance to learn something new or develop an existing skill.

Here are 10 suggestions that will cure you of your boredom but also help you grow both personally and professionally.

10 qualifications you can go global with

Published: 12/05/2015

In a highly globalised and inter-connected world, progressing in your career and landing that dream job may increasingly require you to relocate to a different city or country.

The question is: do you have the qualifications that will help you stand out from the crowd in the eyes of international recruiters?

Finding the power in your communication

Published: 10/03/2015

Power gravitates towards those who communicate well. But communication is about more than choosing the right words - it's about appearance, tone of voice, body language and the kind of impression you are ultimately able to make.

The good news is that you can teach yourself to be a better communicator: all you need is a good dose of self-reflection and a few tricks of the trade.

4 reasons why taking a course is better than watching a YouTube video

Published: 27/11/2014

Now that we have an instructional YouTube video for virtually any topic under the sun, we can just forget about training altogether, right?

Wrong. Though employees may think that they can learn everything they need to from a YouTube video (or Google search), we have at least 4 reasons why that's not the case.

Presenting with Confidence – Handling Presentation Nerves

Published: 25/11/2014

Delivering a good presentation requires excellent content, structure and technique, but also the ability to handle nerves and convey information with confidence.

It's not easy, but knowing a few tricks of the trade is a great place to start. In this article, Philip Moon of ProSeminar International emphasises the importance of good preparation and a positive 'inner-dialogue'.

The keys to making distance learning a success

Published: 15/09/2014

Online and distance learning courses are a convenient and cost-effective way to focus on your professional development, but only if you take full advantage of what they have to offer.

Here are a few practical tips to make sure you get the return you are after on your training investment.