Keeping the brain young and fit

Searching for a birthday card recently for a friend, I came across one that read, “Inside every older person, there is a young one wondering what on earth happened.” (Text in italics loosely paraphrased for public consumption, of course!) There are many things we may choose to dispute but there is no getting around the fact that we all get older every day – even if we don’t always feel it.  In fact, there is a lot we can do to stay pro-actively young no matter what age we are. Physical fitness is important but so is keeping the brain young and fit. Working on our reaction time, focus, clarity of thinking sharpens our thought processes and is this is definitely a benefit for our communication skills. By happy coincidence, browsing on the website of Psychology Today, I came across a link to a site called “Lumosity” that claims to improve your brain health and performance and allows you to build a free and personalized on-line training programme to enhance memory and attention and track improvements. I’ve signed up, tried it out and found it great fun as well.  ...

Non-traditional approaches to learning

Traditionally, teaching – as well as many organisational initiatives in training and development – is classroom-based. Is it time to change the basic approach? Many companies are already placing more emphasis on distance learning or blended courses where a physical on-site presence may be required for only part of the time. Providing access to information and education when the learners are separated by time or distance or both is perhaps a natural focus in an increasingly virtual world and of course, may also be more cost-effective. Now comes “flipped” learning, crossing from the education sector  and bringing with it an adaptation of traditional training techniques. The principle is to provide training content upfront, allowing instructor-led sessions to focus on specific requirements of trainees, replacing generic content on a given subject. We will be investigating to find out more. Why not tell us what you think…...

Performance coaching: shine at interview

Reports in the news show that unemployment in the Eurozone has edged up to its highest level since 1999. Fewer jobs with more people chasing them means that there is tough competition for every vacant position.  It is no longer enough to just have a CV, you need a well-crafted CV that sells you and your skills and competencies; you need to invest time in writing a cover letter for your application that states clearly why you are the best person for the job; last but by no means least, you need to prepare for that all important interview when you get the call and ensure that you shine in your handling of questions and in the way in which you present yourself. Working with one of our expert coaches can help you enhance your interview technique....

An instant way to start coaching

Coaching is a much-discussed topic in the workplace these days. Many managers and team leaders are expected to coach and yet there is still much uncertainty about what excatly coaching is, what a coach does, who can be coached and how. At The Training Box we welcome all contributions to the debate that demystifies coaching and makes it as accessible as possible to the broadest audience. We recommend “Instant Coaching” by Paul Birch (Kogan Page, 2001) for a very practical approach. Light on theory, there are lots of exercises for you to try out and build your coaching muscles.  ...