Blog - Training


Published: 9th Aug 2016 by Mark Griffiths

Last Friday, I was sitting expectantly in the stalls at the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Swan Theatre, awaiting the beginning of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist. Suddenly, appearing before me, was the RSC Head of Front of House, confirming my name and publicly recognising my 100th trip to the theatre with a programme and drink on the house. Thank ... read more

Making a better impression - as easy as 123

Published: 23rd Mar 2016 by Debbie Griffiths

My inbox has been awash today with unsolicited emails, offering me everything from franking machines and photocopiers to debt collection and vehicle tracking services. They’ve all been sent to an old email address I used the other day, so I must have somehow triggered a database. The bad news for these companies is that I’ve unsubscribed from ... read more

Shared value volunteering

Published: 2nd Nov 2015 by Debbie Griffiths

After a rigorous application and assessment process, Mark and I have been accepted as mentors on Aston University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme. We’ve just met our mentees and the unit’s careful matchmaking criteria seems to have worked wonders. It was great fun (and a relief) to find I had lots in common with my mentee. We ... read more

So, that’s why your brain hurts

Published: 30th Sep 2015 by Mark Griffiths

Or, why I’d rather be Andy Puddicombe than Anthony Robbins I really enjoyed my time at the World of Learning Conference at Birmingham NEC yesterday. On the one hand, I encountered arrogance from a couple of ‘always on’ millennials who saw me and thought ‘bookshelves, tape cassettes and orange flans’. On the other, I met many ... read more

The Crown of Confidence

Published: 9th Sep 2015 by Debbie Griffiths

Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the UK’s longest-reigning monarch! That’s me, Debbie, speaking. Mark prefers the idea of a republic. But, to be fair, he did come with me to Buckingham Palace this summer. And he does acknowledge how hard the Queen works. I’d say it was beyond the call of duty at her age, but ... read more

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