What job did you do for work experience?

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An overwhelming majority of senior business professionals agree that work experience should be compulsory in schools, according to a new survey commissioned by Arch Apprentices.

9 out of 10 surveyed said they believed work experience should be made compulsory with 68% saying it had potential to prepare young people for employment, and 57% saying it would help to instil a strong work ethic in the next generation.

When asked why they struggled to hire young people, 43% of business leaders said it was because job candidates lacked enthusiasm while a similar number (39%) said it was because most applicants had little or no work experience.

The study also asked parents of children aged 14-18 about their experiences with careers guidance at their child’s secondary school.

40% said that their child’s school didn’t offer work experience, whilst half reported that their schools didn’t provide information about apprenticeship schemes. Remarkably, a quarter said that their child’s school simply did not provide any careers advice at all.

Nearly half (48%) of parents surveyed feel they are ill-equipped when it comes to advising their kids on how to take their first steps into ever-evolving lines of work. The same number agree that work experience should be compulsory for their children, with 36% believing schools should be doing more to educate parents about the different types of jobs available.

Award winning coach Lesley Strachan adds “This isn’t new at all. The fallout from young people trying to get into the workplace with no work experience and low levels of passion and enthusiasm continue to this day. I to coach and mentor young people and adults  every week to find their passion early in life, and then everything else will fall into place.”

Parents, carers and teachers may be interested in my latest book coming out in March 2018 called:

What do you want to be when you grow up?

“The Ultimate Guide For Parents: Helping Your Kids to Choose a Successful Life and Career

If you’d like to buy a copy contact me and I’ll let you know the release date before anyone else.

Take care everyone – what’s your passion in life?

Regards

Lesley

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How to build a business empire

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Last week’s Business Empires event at The Hilton Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 5 was a great space for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders to reach more people and grow their empire.

I was excited to be invited to Mike Koenig’s Master Mind coaching workshop prior to the conference kicking off. Mike Koenigs, “2009 Marketer of the Year” winner, is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, speaker, author, product creator and holder of a patent in cross-channel marketing technology.

He is the CEO, Chief Disruptasaurus, creator and founder of Traffic Geyser and Instant Customer. His products simplify marketing for tens of thousands of small businesses, authors, experts, speakers, coaches and consultants in over 61 countries worldwide.

His companies and products have grossed over $40 million in sales and he has produced eight consecutive multi-million dollar product launches. Mike has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, and in Inc. and Success Magazine.

In a small group Mike was coaching us to work on our businesses and also commit to completing our books. Mike pinned me down to launch date, and so my book is coming out early next year. It’s called “What do you want to be when you grow up” – The Ultimate Guide For Parents to Help Your Kids be Successful and Live a Passionate Life. Look out for on it on Amazon soon.

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Bridging the gap between technology and academia

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Hi, I’m Lesley Strachan. I’m one of the SimVenture Evolution Learning and Development Managers and I work with academics just like you to bridge the gap between the technology and academia.

This is the first of a series of 12 short video diaries which I’ve put together to explain how we designed and ran a 12-week module at London South Bank University using SimVenture Evolution with 180 second-year undergraduate students studying a module called Managing Business & Innovation.

So, this video diary focuses purely on planning and preparation.

Critical to the success of the module was the planning and preparation. Over the 12 weeks the students will have 36 hours of contact time – 24 of those hours will be allocated to managing their virtual business using SimVenture Evolution.

12 weeks before teaching started in September I had my first meeting with the module leader Anna Howard.

At this meeting we reviewed the module handbook and cross referenced the aims, objectives and learning outcomes of the module to the simulation and found that the simulation to be a very good match.

The simulation was a great fit because the module is aimed at providing students with a practical understanding of setting up and managing a small or medium sized enterprise.

Whilst SimVenture Evolution is capable of many things at its core is its ability to allow students to run a whole company and deal with all the decisions that need to be made.

The teaching team and myself then met for a day at LSBU 4 weeks before the module started to flesh out the exact content. We put together a 12-week teaching schedule of lectures and seminars which were documented and uploaded to the student portal.

The teaching schedule also included a range of one-page case studies written by me to help students work through the learning process in the simulation. Copies of the case study in pdf format are also available for you to download off the SimVenture website and use with your students.

This daylong meeting was pivotal for three reasons:

  1. The module team were keen to know how the lecture and the SimVenture seminars would fit together and how we would embed theoretical knowledge into the module.
  2. We also wanted to give the students a coordinated and consistent approach, so we agreed to teach the same activities to all the students in the same way to achieve this.
  3. The teaching team were also keen to understand how the simulation would achieve the learning outcomes for the module, and we were able to allay any concerns around these aspects in our discussions.

So, now we’re ready for the first day of teaching – join me for the next video diary to learn more about how week one went, and how the students responded to the technology.

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Free business simulation experience

Teachers and trainers have an exclusive opportunity to Discover SimVenture Evolution for themselves at a London university in January 2018.

In partnership with London South Bank University, Venture Simulations Ltd is running 2 ‘three-hour’ workshops on January 17th 2018. Attendees can try the technology for themselves and hear first-hand accounts from students and tutors. Latest learning impact research will also be shared for the first time. Places are free (but limited) and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Use the on-line booking form to secure your place.

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It’s time to start thinking about 2018

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It’s time to start thinking about 2018

I’m glad you opened this blog, because it’s time to start thinking about 2018 – and how you’ll make your business bigger, stronger and more profitable.

Specifically…

How will you increase sales – and keep them flowing steadily all year?

How will you create additional revenue streams for your company to diversify your business income?

How will you find the right team members to help achieve the vision you hold for your business?

How will you delegate tasks and clear your plate … so you have time to think and be creative?

And perhaps most important …

How can you complete your 5-year goals in the next 6 months?

If your answer to any of these questions is “I don’t really know”…read on.

In an increasingly complex selling environment, successful sales professionals use relationship-oriented selling approaches to help their customers win. Our sales courses have roots in the Dale Carnegie Training™ system and have developed over time as the market place has changed.

Modules we cover include:

  • How to gain rapport to create customer trust
  • How to generate interest by asking questions
  • Tailoring and differentiating your product/service in a crowded marketplace
  • Providing a solution which gains a commitment to purchase and closes the sale
  • How to smoke out objections and move forward with the sale
  • Participants demonstrating the application of the course in their everyday lives to evidence their success
  • Using the phone effectively with customers and prospects
  • Prospecting and Networking skills
  • Goal setting/ time management and career planning (personal and business)
  • Using stories, examples and incidents to be persuasive
  • Presentation contests between sales teams
  • Practising how to sell into a buying team for a new business
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Up to date Marketing techniques to gain prospects and retain business
  • Who’s the right person for the job – where’s the passion test
  • The importance of trust and delegation by line managers

Who is it for?

New and seasoned sales professionals

Line and territory managers forming and developing sales teams

Contact me today and let’s see what’s possible for you!

 

Lesley Strachan 

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Southampton Business Lunch

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Southampton Business Lunch

 

I attended my first event last week at the Southampton Business Lunch organised by The Women’s Business Club at The Macdonald Botley Park Hotel Golf and Country Club in Botley, Hampshire. I went because of my need to develop a new network of people to connect with and share ideas.

The Women’s Business Club holds lunches designed to connect business women locally and to the wider national network. I went along today to join the group for lunch which was followed by an inspiring business talk about PR. What makes this group different is that it truly is a supportive community of business women.

I found the network to be inspiring, open, friendly and I liked the fact that meeting never has more than 10-12 attending the lunch so you get meet everyone and get to know them properly. I also really liked the idea of giving everyone roses at the end of the session.

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20170110_111157[1]The Careers and Enterprise Company is the national network set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. Our role is to connect schools and colleges, employers and careers programme providers to create high-impact careers opportunities for young people across England.

As an Enterprise Advisor, I’m on my way to our event called ‘Fuelling Young People’s Futures: Two Years of the Enterprise Advisor Network’, at KidZania in West London, and I can’t wait.

I’m looking forward to seeing the latest research on “What Works” and to share best practice from our community, and sharing inspiring examples of how we are fuelling young people’s futures.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

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The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™

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Autumn: a lesson in letting go

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Nature can seem to sparkle on a sunny autumnal day, but it’s often easy to struggle to let go of summer. As the air turns cooler and the nights draw in, we discover the benefits of connecting with this seasonal change, and how to make the most of autumn when really you just want to retreat under your duvet…

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What Is Mindfulness And How It Can Help

Mindfulness is often cited as a powerful way to improve your attention in and to the present moment. Practising mindfulness can improve your general and mental wellbeing. In the coaching context, the impact of being mindful can be significant with notable benefits such as being able to make the most of your potential, respond to challenges that you encounter and be engaged with your day-to-day activities.

Combining mindfulness with life coaching is a powerful way to set you on course for achievement and success. Your personal and professional progression can be accelerated if you are mindful.

What Is Mindfulness

According to Psychology Today, mindfulness ‘is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings’. When you observe your thoughts and feelings carefully, you are less likely to make quick judgements about whether they are positive or negative. Careful observation of thoughts and feelings empowers you to live in the moment and be aware of your present priorities.

By remaining focused on the present, you will be able to avoid obsessive or irrational thoughts about the past or future. While mindfulness is often innate, it can also be cultivated through regular meditation. The practice of meditation provides an opportunity to reduce stress, enhance performance and gain insight into your life.

How Mindfulness Can Help

While a degree of mystery has surrounded the practice of mindfulness, in reality it is far less mysterious than many people believe. It is not even a new technique that you need to learn, as it is something that we all already do. There are many benefits that can be derived from the regular practice of mindfulness, some of which we will explore below.

Reduces Stress

Stress is ever-present in our busy modern lives; fortunately mindfulness is a technique that is proven to reduce stress. Research has found that therapy with a mindfulness element can alter cognitive processes that can cause stress. Further to this, it has been identified that it can increase positive thoughts and decrease anxiety.

This reduction in your stress level allows you to become more productive and work towards achieving your personal and professional goals.

Boosts Working Memory

Mindfulness can also improve your memory capacity, and it has been proven to help you maintain a stable level of memory capacity. Imagine being able to remember and recall a list of priorities with ease. An improvement in your working memory will also improve your effectiveness and productivity; you will be able to work towards achieving more in less time.

Increases Focus

Being able to focus on the task at hand or on a defined number of priorities can significantly improve your productivity. Mindfulness has been proven to help focus a person’s attention and suppress distractions or distracting information.

The next time that the phone rings while you are completing a critically important task, you should be able to continue to focus on the task and avoid time lost to distractions.

Improves Relationship Satisfaction

Relationships are an integral part of our personal and professional success, and being able to communicate and respond to issues that arise in a relationship can be the difference between successful or unsuccessful outcomes. Practising mindfulness can help you to respond positively to relationship stress and effectively communicate emotions in your relationships.

If you are able to respond to relationship stress and communicate effectively with a partner, you are more likely to achieve successful outcomes that enhance your relationships.

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Lesley Strachan is a Certified Jack Canfield Coach. She has coached and trained individuals and businesses across Europe, the USA and Australia. She holds an MBA, a postgraduate certificate in research methods and a Diploma in Management. Lesley is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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The Importance of Continuing Professional Development

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The Importance of Continuing Professional Development

An article by cpd explains the importance of continuing professional development. Why is CPD important and why does it matter?

  • You’ve finished your degree. Check.
  • You’ve completed all your practical experience requirements so that you can graduate. Check.
  • Your new job is all lined up and ready to go. Mission accomplished.

It’s fair to say the first part of your mission is well and truly accomplished.  Sit back and give yourself a pat on the back. But don’t take too long about it or you’ll be lagging behind your colleagues. The same is true for professionals with many years’ experience in the workplace.

Continuing professional development is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout a professional’s career.

The ultimate outcome of well-planned continuing professional development is that it safeguards the public, the employer, the professional and the professional’s career.

Well-crafted and delivered continuing professional development is important because it delivers benefits to the individual, their profession and the public.

  • CPD ensures that your capabilities keep pace with the current standards of others in the same field.
  • CPD ensures that you maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills you need to deliver a professional service to your customers, clients and the community.
  • CPD ensures that you and your knowledge stay relevant and up to date. You are more aware of the changing trends and directions in your profession. The pace of change is probably faster than it’s ever been – and this is a feature of the new normal that we live and work in. If you stand still you will get left behind, as the currency of your knowledge and skills becomes out-dated.
  • CPD helps you continue to make a meaningful contribution to your team. You become more effective in the workplace. This assists you to advance in your career and move into new positions where you can lead, manage, influence, coach and mentor others.
  • CPD helps you to stay interested and interesting.  Experience is a great teacher, but it does mean that we tend to do what we have done before.  Focused CPD opens you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas.
  • CPD can deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional, along with a greater appreciation of the implications and impacts of your work.
  • CPD helps advance the body of knowledge and technology within your profession
  • CPD can lead to increased public confidence in individual professionals and their profession as a whole
  • Depending on the profession – CPD contributes to improved protection and quality of life, the environment, sustainability, property and the economy.  This particularly applies to high risk areas, or specialised practice areas which often prove impractical to monitor on a case by case basis.

The importance of continuing professional development should not be underestimated – it is a career-long obligation for practising professionals.

Sometimes it is mandated by professional organisations or required by codes of conduct or codes of ethics. But at its core it is a personal responsibility of professionals to keep their knowledge and skills current so that they can deliver the high quality of service that safeguards the public and meets the expectations of customers and the requirements of their profession.

But continuing professional development should be engaging and fun too. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a relevant course that fits in with your other obligations.  Sometimes, as you walk out of a course or seminar it’s hard to assess what you have learned.

Have you absorbed the necessary skills and will you be able to apply them correctly in your work?

I’m lucky to belong to The Chartered Institute of Marketers when we have a wide range of things we can engage with that counts as CPD activity. It could be anything from a talk to a strategic plan and anything in between. This week I received my CPD certificate in recognition of my achievement and my commitment to ongoing development which I’m really pleased about.

About Lesley Strachan – The Jack Canfield Certified Global Life Coach

 Lesley Strachan is a Jack Canfield certified global life coach. She has coached and trained individuals and businesses across Europe, The USA and Australia. She holds an MBA, a postgraduate certificate in research methods and a Diploma in Management. Lesley is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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