When life throws you a curve ball, you can either crumple or run with it. With the lockdown continuing and people’s strange new life continuing it seemed apt to change person-to-person training to virtual where possible.
A little sceptical of how good it could be, I was astonished how well received my first course was. An informal discussion on coping with lockdown, the new challenges faced, new skills learned. Working with 16 team members at all levels of management from ISS in London, the conversation, ideas and laughter flowed. So what was the outcome? You can see some of their feedback below – and they’ve booked more courses kicking off with the key steps to starting a conversation, managing it if dark thoughts emerge and self care – critical to building resilience
‘Jane is a first class facilitator, she makes each session impactful and enjoyable which is a really difficult balance to achieve, I would wholeheartedly recommend.’ Andy Ingham, National Operations Manager – This is great feedback for me as Andy was the client and is a facilitator himself.
‘Good, not too formal, interactive and encouraged all team to participate throughout.’ Alison
‘I got a lot from the session just by listening.’ Leon
‘Jane was very open, calm and keep the session flowing easily. Jane felt like one of our team.’ Loraine
‘The information given on the session was perfect and it gave me the knowledge to look for signs and how to deal with difficult conversations especially where personal circumstances are concerned.’ Mark
So, if you are presented with an opportunity to do something different – don’t overthink it. Definitely don’t let self-doubt in. Tell yourself it will be a great experience and you will learn more about yourself doing it. What’s the worse that can happen?
Courses coming up include:
- It’s Not About The Nail – don’t try to fix what you think is the obvious
- Create Your role in The Future
- Creating Empowerment In Your Teams
- Personal Empowerment
From June, the licensed global Mental Health First Aid full Adult course can be run online following MHFAEngland’s intensive collaboration with global partners to develop the new virtual programme.
As a Crisis Volunteer with Shout for the past year, I’ve seen how dealing with crisis via text messaging has literally saved lives. Who would have thought texting could have such a positive impact? Nancy Lublin the founder of Crisis Text Line in USA helped set-up Give us a Shout in the UK. Along with HRH Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Nancy spoke about why she started the text line.
Using text instead of phone lines enables people to gather their thoughts and reflect on what they are ‘writing’ in their texts. They can also reflect back later on the empathetic responses from the crisis volunteer. What Nancy discovered was those in fear of their lives from others could get help without being heard using a phone. There are now crisis text lines springing up in more countries. Mobile carriers waive the costs of texting to Shout in the UK so it’s accessible to all. If you are in trouble – text Shout to 85258.
As an Associate Tutor with British Safety Council, many of their courses including Start the Conversation, Management the Conversation, Train the Facilitator could be delivered online – something they are looking into.
We all need to think of how to do things differently. This could be a fantastic opportunity. We just need to not let doubt in.
Carpe Diem – Seize the day!