Why a 1-to-1 Development Workshop Might Be For You
I recently met with one of my clients in our second one-to-one workshop together, where we discussed her progress since our last session together. These words were music to my ears!
“I feel so empowered and things are moving in the right direction.” - Manisha Gandotra, IKWRO
Our vision at Happy is to create joy at work and hearing those words bought joy to me, and I could see the change in her experience was starting to bring joy to her too. As a facilitator and coach at Happy I am lucky to have experiences like this quite often and it gives me a great sense of purpose in my work.
In this blog, Happy's senior facilitator Nicky Stone goes over some of the positive feedback about our 1-to-1 Development Workshops.
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This outcome was especially positive as it came out of a less ideal situation. Last month I was due to facilitate a Credibility in the Workplace workshop and unfortunately it only had two people booked on it. We know that this does not create a great experience for the individuals – it can be intense being with just one other participant all day and you don’t get that buzz of sharing ideas that you get from a larger group.
Instead, we chose to give our two clients one-to-one time with me. This enabled me to respond to the specific needs of the individuals and tailor the sessions to them. These sessions became a hybrid of coaching and sharing tools and techniques relevant to the development they are seeking. The two clients even opted for different timeframes, one choosing one 2-hour session and the other two 1-hour sessions, a month apart.
While the two clients had booked on the same workshop for their development, Credibility in the workplace, interestingly their requirements were very different. In each one-to-one session, after coaching them to discover the core of the challenge they were facing, I was able to share a different model which they then were able to apply to their context.
For one person it was much more about being able to ask for what they really wanted and confronting their inner people-pleaser, while for the other one it was much more about how to create a psychologically safe dialogue.
For the 1-1 format, I really liked the way that Nicky adapted the course today. She also shared examples that were really interesting and relevant.Gurinder Toor, Government Digital Service
This approach took me back to my IT Trainer days when we used to offer one-to-one trouble-shooting clinics to help people be more efficient in Microsoft Office. These sessions develop people’s skills in a very focused way to target the real problems they are trying to solve.
At our team meeting, when I shared how well these had gone, I was delighted to hear that my colleague Rachael had also done some one-to-one development workshops recently in one of her specialist areas, project management. A session that had been equally joyful.
…the nature of the session being 121 meant it was personalised completely to my needs. It was the perfect mix of an almost therapeutic review of a past project, mixed with more formal learnings to apply to future ones.Ilyas Wouda-Deshmukh, Able and Cole
So, while we hope our clients know we are always flexible in our approach and open to new ways of working, we thought we would add this to our menu of learning options to encourage people to consider this as they start the new year.
These sessions can be completely tailored around your preferences. You may like just one one-hour session, a longer session or a series of sessions over a period of time. Our facilitators can support you with any of the topics we teach.
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Nicky has been a senior facilitator for over 16 years. Her leadership purpose is to support people to reach their full potential, and this has driven her internally as part of Happy’s senior leadership team. It has enabled her, through her work every day with clients, to facilitate senior leadership programmes and personal development events. Nicky also has a proven track record at leading on large projects and inspiring others as a speaker at conferences.
Testimonials from happy Customers
Trusted Customer4 days ago
delivered very well in a nice environment
Stuart Galloway6 days ago
Very supportive and understanding as well as being flexible to business needs.
Trusted Customer7 days ago
Very good presenter and well organised. Was more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
Megi Xhemollari8 days ago
Sal was a really lovely and engaging teacher, made us all feel included in the training and kept the day both fun and educational. Also very receptive and patient when we...
Trusted Customer14 days ago
very well organised and time to reflect on each part of the course
Trusted Customer21 days ago
Welcoming and lived up to their name
Trusted Customer25 days ago
I started the training session not having ever seen MS Forms. Now I feel confident to use it and show colleagues how to use it. I have signed up for the follow on session...
Trusted Customer25 days ago
Trainer went at a good pace and was very helpful with everyone who asked questions.
Trusted Customer25 days ago
I loved the atmosphere, the inclusivity and the learning style! I actually use what I have learnt - thank you so much!
Alex McPhail28 days ago
Gave good background to the topic and enabled us to do some practical activities.
Vanessa Hammick29 days ago
I really enjoyed the training, great teacher and wonderful setting- and so useful to improve my excel skills!
Marina Moscoso32 days ago
Very well experienced team, resourceful and with excellent facilitators.