What do you actually do?!
Updated: Jan 15
A few different people have asked me lately, "what do you do?"
Worryingly one of those was my wife, so to inform and educate her and anyone else who is curious: I help develop people and organisations! The next question is usually “yeah, but what do you actually do?!”
So… this is what I actually do!
One to one stuff:
For individuals I tend to work on a one-to-one basis to help them work through issues and to develop new skills or knowledge & understanding via a personalised training package which I design based upon their stated needs.
Some want to understand and build their personal resilience or confidence levels whilst others need to design a new CV, deliver presentations or work on their conflict management technique; topic and duration varies from person to person!
I therefore offer coaching, mentoring and one to one training as long as I am qualified or experienced enough or to help with their requirements.
When working with organisations it tends to be either consultancy support around management, learning and development of staff or design and delivery of bespoke training products. Usually a bit of both.
Most of the courses I have written and delivered focus on management and leadership development or personal resilience and stress management although I have delivered coaching and mentoring inputs, design & delivery of training and presentation skills courses, PDR training and a whole lot more. Most of my delivery is classroom based but I also deliver remote sessions and a range of web-based services (especially lately!)
I have also been asked to work on personal development plans with a group of staff and mangers within organisations so I blend my coaching and development skills to help design and monitor these plans with the individuals over a defined period of time.
Sometimes my work veers away from development activities and I have been asked to redesign processes or procedures usually around Learning and Development or HR functions and I have also supported a number of disciplinary investigations and provided mediation services when required.
Arguably more important than what I do is the why?
That’s easy – because I love helping people! I have worked in training and development for over 20 years and I get a kick from helping people grow and develop themselves. I don’t know why, it’s just one of my primary drivers. Yes of course I have bills to pay but I price my services fairly and extremely reasonably as I don’t think this kind of thing should cost the Earth.
Ultimately, I designed Lantern to enable me to do more of what I love because I firmly believe that you are at your best when you are happy, satisfied and challenged but ultimately enjoying what you do. If I can help someone else and enjoy myself whilst I’m doing it then as far as I can see, that’s a win-win situation!
Hopefully this has answered any questions you may have but if you want to know more you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ring me on 07786 163500 or go have a nosey at the website at www.lanterndevelopment.co.uk
Thanks for taking the time to read this and shout if I can be of any help!
Phil @ Lantern