Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Learning Technologies 2011 Show (2nd Post), A Tribal approach, A Red Herring and “Charisma can be taught” - the giftie gie us ?

Last night was Burns night and like many I thought on the life of the poet and man and enjoyed my 'neaps and tatties' accompanying a delicious McSweens haggis ( other brands are available but McSween are best in my view).

I am not sure I would describe my Burns supper as traditional as I used 'modern technology' in the form of microwave oven to cook it!

One of Burns' famous observations of human nature is most pertinent to learning even if to him the concept of the Learning and Development show 2011 at London's Olympia might have amazed the bard.

O would some Power the gift to give us
see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs
in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!

Nowadays the poem might be read off an I Pad or Knidle, or some smart phone device. The point is though that we still want to learn more about human nature. For those involved in professional selling even more so.

The array of psychometric studies into behaviour and new devices to lean from abound at this year's show as do learning and Development professional.

The first person I bumped into was Bob Hughes Business development Manager from Tribal.( actually Bob called out to me first !)

Tribal specialise in work based training but with a fresh and modern approach. They end to end mange the process for their clients.
Bob current activities involve designing in house training but matched to provide candidates with an NVQ qualification. By matching and support the accreditation of existing staff programmes to an apprenticeship
One delighted client is McDonalds who since stating the programme in 2006 found crew tenure has increased from 18months to 2 ½ years. Staff turnover is at an all-time low and the number of people proud to work at McDonalds has risen to a record high.

NEXT -The red herring that I mentioned in the heading is the great “ Poisson Rouge”. Senior associate Tuvia Melamid told me of three of their winning activity for clients

PopularThemes for this year include:-
The X Factor

Cheese tasting

Wine Tasting

I saw a great event that Poisson Rouge did for a Global engineering client of mine which was a treasure hunt team working event in Amsterdam.

The delegates loved the experience and learnt better team working along the way ( literally)

The next stand that caught my eye was People changer ,Steve Thomson, of Unlimited Potential .Steve Thomson, People Changer at Unlimited Potential

As a specialist in Presentation Skills Steve comes from a career as someone who has presented to large audiences and then into training. Clearly this gives him an advantage over trainers who put on presentation courses. He says it is critical with marketers and salespeople that their presentation skills are top score. The right mental attitude along with gravitas is vital to get the message across. Intriguingly Steve believes you can learn to be charismatic.

Learning to see ourselves as others see us as Burns put it in the original

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion

Needless to say my spell check has gon mental with the above!