Workshops And Coaching
Resilience Flexibility for Scientific/Technical Professionals
Tailor-made workshops delivered according to requirements
Career resilience is defined as "the ability to adapt to changing circumstances". It is relevant to consider it because we can't guarantee a particular future. However, not all career change is forced upon us by external events. Many times, it's simply that someone wants a change from what they have been doing. So the more generally applicable idea is that of career flexibility. How do you develop career flexibility? By …
- practising a positive and proactive mindset;
- paying attention to the evolving current situation;
- pruning commitments and routines that are no longer useful;
- anticipating how circumstances and events could develop;
- diversifying your skill-set;
- creatively considering options; and
- being willing to do the necessary work.
When we make an effort to understand some matter, we begin creating a meaningful pattern in our mind of which elements are involved and how they fit together. However, in any issue we are considering, there are usually more factors and people involved or affected than we might initially recognise. Putting our mental map on paper has several advantages:
- Most situations are complex and exist within a larger context. A visual representation helps to reveal these additional factors, people and relationships. So, it's less likely that important options or consequences will be overlooked.
- When discussing our thinking with others, they can point at and amend parts of the visual map more easily than if everyone was working from a text.
- Since approximately 80% of people have a visual sensory preference, a visual approach will be widely applicable.
Full- or half-day workshops can be created by selecting from these modules:
- basic mapping of issues and situations
- mapping actual and ideal processes – where to make improvements
- causal systems mapping – what's happening and why?
- developing possible explanations
- anticipating consequences and developing contingency options
- checking your reasoning
- Root Definitions and RD Ladders – resolving conflicts
The book on Visual Reasoning is available as paperback or Kindle from Amazon.
Communication Design And Delivery
Communication is not about dumping information on an unsuspecting and probably unwilling audience. Communication is about producing a desired response from an audience. You can accomplish this by asking yourself a few questions:
- What response do you want?
- From whom?
- Why should they pay attention to you?
- What will convince them?
- How do you best deliver your message to them?
Four workshops are available …
Pitching Your Ideas, Your Skills and Your Work (1½ days)
This workshop is for postdoctoral researchers (ECRs or PDRAs) or final year postgraduates. It covers how to sell yourself in the employment market and how to sell your ideas and projects to funding agencies, charities, potential collaborators and management.
The corresponding book entitled It's Not All About You, It's More About Them is available from Amazon. And for those with managerial responsibilities, a related book, Reading Your Own Watch is also available from Amazon.
Presenting Research (1½ or 2 days)
Too often presentations attempt to convey too much information to an already overwhelmed audience. The result is "Death by PowerPoint". If you want your audience to pay attention and respond favourably, then this workshop is for you.
Writing Research Papers, Reports, and Dissertations (2 days)
These days, everyone is drowning in written material. Workshop participants regularly find that they can cut the length of their writing by 30% to 70% while making it easier to read and more persuasive! Your readers will love you for being clear and concise.
The corresponding book for the presenting and writing workshops is entitled Skills For Maximising Your Graduate Experience. It's available from Amazon.
From Idea To Bums On Seats (1 day)
If you need to create an in-house training workshop or programme, this workshop will take you through the steps from initial idea through planning and preparing to finally delivering the training.
The coresponding book, From Idea To Bums On Seats, is available from Amazon.
What makes Cognitrix different?
- We take a practical and exercise-based approach to workshops and coaching. Participants learn by doing, not by listening to a PowerPoint presentation. Where possible, work-related material is used as the basis for exercises.
- Participants work in small teams. When the workshop is over, they can continue to help each other to improve. The team-working approach also helps to reduce workplace isolation that often occurs.
- Interdisciplinary groups are encouraged because this forces participants to think and explain clearly what they mean to other people with different backgrounds.
- In addition to general audiences, the company director has experience working with researchers, research institutions and universities, in the UK and other countries.
- We have been in business 22 years and as a small company we have low overheads.
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Last Update: 15 May 2021
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