Training

My training programmes are designed to be lively, relevant and even entertaining. This ensures that the attendees not only understand the material but can retain and use it in their own businesses. Training sessions should be a joy for both the trainees and the trainer. Consequently, all my training is bespoke. I don’t run “one-size-fits-all-programes”. Training programmes take time to research and develop and for every hour that I spend training, I will have spent at least three  hours in preparation. I research the attendees in advance where possible, to ensure that the material is just right for them. I’m a member of the Institute of Training and Development and I have qualifications in training, group work and communications.

Training Methods

I use a mix of:

  • Presentation: my PowerPoints are highly visual and integrate both pictures and video. Presentations are interspersed with illustrative, relevant anecdotes to facilitate maximum learning retention
  • Case Studies and questions, with facilitated feedback and debate
  • Group exercises: splitting the class into smaller groups to solve a problem or, say, review each others websites can give rise to some creative thinking by attendees and keeps engagement levels high
  • Role Play: this is invariably a lively training method and can provide a real challenge to the attendees, sparking a beneficial debate and solutions to difficult problems
  • Guest speakers. I have a selection of colleagues and clients that can really add value to a training session by sharing their real life experiences with the group and answering their questions.

Learning Needs Analysis and Lesson Plans

Clients who commission training from me have usually performed a learning needs analysis of their cohort and can provide me with this.  Commissioning clients may have developed training objectives or alternatively together we will develop the objectives and aims of the training. I provide a detailed lesson plan for each training session, which will specify not only training content, duration, breaks, room layout and equipment  but also any materials that I will supply for trainees.

Courses

Here is a small selection of the courses that I have developed and delivered for groups as diverse as tourism providers, unemployed construction workers and accountants in practice. I have developed and delivered material for state organisations such as Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland and Chartered Accountants Ireland, as well as sub-contracting for large training firms.

  • Financial management (for non finance personnel)
  • Pricing for Profit (for tourism providers)
  • Building a Strong Tourism Business
  • Moving from Welfare to Self Employment
  • Marketing on a Shoestring (for tourism providers)
  • Business Planning
  • Social Media for Accountants

Sample Presentation

My training materials are copyright to me, (unless we have agreed otherwise), and are not published online. However, my seminar  presentation for Chartered Accountants Ireland below will give you a flavour of my work.

Social Media for Accountants – II - from xcelbusiness

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about training programmes for your business or clients, please contact me. << hyperlink to contact page

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