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Practice-based Transferable Skills Training, Not Talk

I have seen through my years in academia and training that people learn best when they actively practise the skill. Listening to someone talk about recipes and cooking best-practice for three hours won't make the audience better cooks. So my workshops are designed and delivered with the following characteristics in mind.


Workshops are designed around a variety of exercises using participants' work-related material. Participants improve by thinking and working with their material and receiving feedback.

Relevant Exercises

Let me give an example. During my presenting workshops, I often hear from participants that they've already done a half-day presenting workshop and they're not sure what they'll learn from my two-day version. When I ask them what their presentation was in this other workshop, it's invariably either their hobbies or their holidays, neither of which is related to their work.

In my presenting workshop, each participant gives at least two five-minute presentations (with and without slides) justifying that their work or project is worthwhile. This means that the participants:

Using work-related material also means that the participants progress with their work during the workshop and the skills are better integrated with their work activities.

Work In Small Teams

Participants work in small teams. They receive feedback from their peers so that they learn what to notice and how to give constructive feedback. After the workshop is finished and I've left the building, they can continue to help each other to improve.

The team-working approach helps to break down the workplace isolation that often occurs. Participants are reacquainted with what their colleagues are doing.

Interdisciplinary Groups Are Encouraged

The advantage of mixed groups is that it forces each participant to think clearly and explain their message to the other participants who have different backgrounds. The mixture of backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints can also be a source of creative ideas. A third benefit of working with interdisciplinary groups is that it is easier to fill the workshop since the participants don't need to have the same background.




Undergraduate Training

Two programmes that train undergraduates how to think logically, analyse someone else's argument and then express their own argument clearly and concisely.

This helps undergraduates to produce better reports, essays and exam answers.

Postgraduate Training

Workshops to improve the research soft skills of postgraduates.

Staff Training

Workshops on thinking, communication and execution that are relevant to administrative, managerial or research staff.

One-Hour Micro-Workshops

Exercise-based micro-workshops on thinking, communication and execution – for people who have difficulty fitting in a full workshop.


Research Skills Book

We have published a research-oriented skills book for postgraduate students which is based upon material from various workshops.

This book can also be useful to undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows.

Management Skills Book

We have published a skills book for staff with managerial responsibilities. It is based upon material from various workshops.

This book can also be useful to research professionals.

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