HELD BACK OR PROPELLED FORWARD
The Small Group Workshop for businesses wanting to get the most out of their team.
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
A lot of workshops that I present to businesses and teams within those business focus on marketing or advertising or business development or revenue generation and so on.
This workshop is different.
While the outcome is still a positive uptick in productivity and professional output from the team, this workshop is focussed less on the actual business, and all about the people working at the brand itself. It covers themes like change, and growth, and the things that hold us back (fear, criticism, and wondering ‘am I enough?’) and the things that can propel us forward (focussing on fact, being good at storytelling, and leading with kindness).
The workshop is the perfect balance between business development and the development of people in businesses, and takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on the amount of attendees in your group.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
This workshop works best with teams of between 5 and 25. Whether the team works for a large multinational business, a small or medium-sized business, or a fledgling startup, attendees will benefit equally from attending this course.
Attendees of this workshop will come away from the day having gained:
- a better sense of their both their personal strengths and the areas of their mindset that might be restricting their growth, both at work and at home
- a much better appreciation for the people they work with, and their peers and colleagues’ strengths and challenges as well
- a renewed determination to hit goals and achieve milestones in their work and personal life that they might have stopped growing towards recently
- a better way to communicate, both with others in their team and target market, but also a better dialogue with themselves about themselves as well
- a new degree of inclusion, empathy and kindness
1. How to think differently.
One of the things that hold us back more than anything else is our ability (or inability) to think differently. Different to how you have always thought, but what may not have served you best, different to how other people have always told you to think. This part of the workshop focusses on traditional thinking, and challenges you to escape that thinking for the duration of this workshop (at least).
2. What are your superpowers?
I think that being able to reframe my ‘defects of character’ and think of them, instead, as my superpowers, those things that make me who I am, positive and negative. For instance, some might say that I am too loud, and too opinionated. That might be true, but I prefer to focus on the fact that everyone knows where I stand on something, what I believe in, and that I am heard. In this part of the workshop, we talk about what the individual attendees’ character nuances, how they might be thought of negatively by other people and themselves, and then finally how to reframe them to be, instead, their superpowers.
3. What holds us back.
In this section of the workshop, I take the attendees through the three things that I think hold us back more than any others. The things that literally impede our growth, and hold us in a place where we might not want to be anymore.
The opposite of fear isn’t bravery, it’s curiosity. If we can be more curious in life, and open our minds to more possibilities and more differences, we take a big step towards living without fear. Employees of a business who lead with fear, and constantly shrink from it, are nowhere near as productive or impactful as those who have a better sense of their fears, and push forward anyway.
I don’t think criticism and feedback are always the same thing. Feedback is a gift, but sometimes – mostly because of fear – we resent someone giving us feedback, and sometimes we give feedback that is unhelpful because of our own fears. This section of the workshop focuses on that criticism – who gives it, who gets it, who listens to it, and who should we listen to anyway? I don’t think we should ever listen to someone who is covering their own fear by attacking us for investigating our own curiosity, although that’s something that plays out in a lot of workplaces every single day.
Am I enough?
And then finally the big question that plagues so many of us and our own self-talk: am I enough? We spend a bit of time discussing the concept of our own value – to our business and our peers and co-workers, but also in our personal lives.
4. Impostor Syndrome.
And flowing on from the question of whether or not we are enough, this part of the workshop focusses on this ugly bit of thinking that so many of us experience: Impostor Syndrome. It’s the feeling that we are a fraud, that we aren’t as good as people might think we are, that any day now we are going to be found out and replaced or fired or humiliated. This section ends with me giving the attendees the four strategies that I use to combat Impostor Syndrome in my life every day.
5. What propels us forward?
And then the workshop focusses on the positive aspects of our growth, as individuals and as a team. The things that, instead of holding us back, can actually liberate us, kickstart our growth as people and team members, and actually propel us forward.
Focus on fact.
So much of the negative part of our own thinking and our own self-talk is just, frankly, untrue. By focussing on FACT, and the things that we absolutely know to be true, we give less time and thought to those things that we assume about people, or what other people might be saying, or doing, or thinking. And then I give attendees the 3 questions that I ask myself routinely when I start to obsess and worry about things in my life, both professionally and personally, and that ALWAYS help me decipher that thinking, and move past it.
I talk a lot about storytelling, both with my coaching clients, and on stage during conference presentations. One of the reasons I talk about it so much is that we are generally pretty poor at it. We get caught up way too much in other people’s stories, what other people think and say about us, and how they want us to be. By harnessing storytelling better, we can start to write – and tell – our own stories more, something that is so liberating and helpful. I then give attendees my 12 step guideline to better storytelling – both in the workplace and at home.
6. The secret weapon.
And then finally, I give the attendees the secret weapon to winning business, finding contentment and happiness, and being the best version of ourselves, both at work and at home. It’s a very simple thing, but something that we have forgotten to use so much these days. Do you want to know what that secret weapon is?
READY TO BOOK THIS WORKSHOP FOR YOUR TEAM?
This workshop takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on the number of attendees in your group, and is conducted on-site at your place of business, or another venue that you have arranged if not your workplace.
The cost of the workshop – for between 5 and 25 people is $3,300 including GST. If you have a larger group than 25 people, please contact me directly for a quote. If travel is required for me to attend your workplace, the cost of that travel will be extra to that workshop fee.
This cost includes:
- workshop being conducted in a bespoke fashion to be most suitable for your business and your team
- workshop materials for your team/attendees
- audiobook versions of my best-selling book, Reboot Your Thinking, and the follow-up book, Actually, it IS all about me for each of your attendees
- hard copy version of my latest book, The Reboot Journal for each of your attendees