Paul is a Learning Professional of the Year Finalist

In: BlogDate: Oct 31, 2016By: Claire Lickman

We are very excited to announce that Paul Gapper is a Finalist for the Learning Professional of the Year at the 2017 Learning Awards.

The 2017 Learning Awards is an annual event hosted by the Learning and Performance Institute, recognising outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence in Learning and Development.

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About Paul

Paul is a Senior Facilitator and has been at Happy for over two years. His training ranges from personal development courses such as grammar, punctuation and effective writing skills, through to presentation skills, project management and our four-day Happy Workplace Leadership Programme. His training has had a material effect in changing the culture of organisations, creating workplaces based on trust and autonomy.

His particular focus is on Mindfulness and Resilience, to help people to be productive in today’s busy business climate, while avoiding stress and burnout.

"People think of meditation as being about emptying your head or levitating," explains Paul. "But it's not about that. It can have real practical application in creating a more positive workplace where people can make the most of their energy to achieve the results they need."

Paul's evaluations this year tell clearly how happy and fulfilled his delegates are, with 99.1% rating him Good or Excellent on their overall verdict and 99.8% Good or Excellent on being a Supportive Trainer. Here are just a selection of comments from his recent training courses:

  • "[liked] the way the experience was facilitated – absolutely dynamic!"
  • "Good facilitator and dealt with potentially awkward situations very well. Made everyone feel relaxed."
  • "[liked] the general human delivery of it."
  • "I wasn't sure it was for me but the techniques did work. I have a full understanding of mindfulness now."
  • "I came into this not knowing what to expect. But I'm gladly surprised and have learned a lot."

Read Paul's interview with the Learning and Performance Institute on the Learning Professional Network as part of their L&D Question Time to find out more about Paul.

Related reading

You can also read some of Paul's blogs, written for Happy, below:

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Claire Lickman

Claire is Head of Marketing at Happy. She has worked at Happy since 2016, and is responsible for Happy's marketing strategy, website, social media and more. Claire first heard about Happy in 2012 when she attended a mix of IT and personal development courses. These courses were life-changing and she has been a fan of Happy ever since. She has a personal blog at

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Resilience and Wellbeing

Learn more techniques in our Resilience and Wellbeing For Staff training course. This workshop is held over either a half day or a full day and will focus on the ten principles of resilience, creating breathing space, working with thinking, reflecting on physical wellbeing and creating inspiring goals. Find out more

You may also be interested in our five-day Mindfulness and Resilience Blitz held over five 15 minute sessions using Zoom and designed to enhance your mental wellbeing and enable you to stay resilient in times of challenge. Find out more