About Julie

I am trainer, coach and author specialising in one to one skills.

What Managers Want From Training Days

I was speaking with a client recently about what managers want, and  the old chestnut of ‘not being able to please all the people all of the time’ came up. This is never truer than in the training  room. I’ll spare you from a description of all the ever moving hoops that trainers jump through [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:17+00:00 January 12th, 2015|People Tips|0 Comments

Can you delegate your anxiety?

I had a phone call from a journalist at the Evening Standard recently – she had seen the article on delegation I wrote a while back for Guardian Careers (you can see that here). She wanted to know if I thought that executives felt stress because they were unable to delegate. Of course, there is an [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:17+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|News and Updates|0 Comments

Facing a personality assessment? Don’t panic!

  Many employers use personality questionnaires when recruiting, especially when they are looking to fill senior positions or they are looking for very specific personality traits. It can feel like a dark art is being used, but really it isn’t! Here are a few tips to help you prepare. […]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:17+00:00 November 21st, 2014|People Tips|0 Comments

The decisions you make, the action you take…and neuroplasticity!

I recently had the honour of speaking at the graduation ceremony for Oxford Business College. I talked about DNA – no, not that DNA, this one…  Decision making It occurred to me that for many of us, choosing a college is the last big decision we make that is heavily influenced by adults –  parents [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:17+00:00 October 3rd, 2014|News and Updates, Uncategorized|0 Comments

So you don’t do small talk? Maybe you should

So you don’t do small talk? You have no need for inconsequential trivia? I’m sure you’d rather deal in the important stuff of life. I hear this quite often. I’m sure the perpetrators don’t intend to take the moral high ground, yet it feels like that sometimes.  Let me tell you this: If you have no [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|People Tips|0 Comments

Being asked for help? Here’s six ways you can respond

People coming to us for advice is a normal part of life. They might be asking questions, wanting solutions or guidance on how to sort something out. Have you ever thought about the ways you can respond? One thing is for sure – there is not a ‘one size fits all’ way of responding to [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 May 8th, 2014|People Tips|0 Comments

Decisions, teamies and inspiration

Decisions, teamies and inspiration were the themes from this episode of the Knowing Your business Show.  Three seemingly diverse businesses turned out to  have much in  common. I really enjoyed co-hosting, giving me the opportunity to quiz business owners. […]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 March 20th, 2014|News and Updates|0 Comments

The Solution Focused Approach and Improv

  I had no idea what to expect on an improv course , but as a trainer I am always open to learning new ideas, especially those that might translate into useful activities in the training room. I was delighted to be invited by Paul Z Jackson, a colleague from Unimenta, to a weekend intensive [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 March 20th, 2014|News and Updates|0 Comments

What does success look like in your organisation?

I was asked recently to run a couple of sessions for HR students  on success in organisations.  I asked them to identify ‘What good looks like’ in their own companies – always a useful exercise, as we are usually much better at pointing out the short comings than recognising the good! Unsurprisingly they quickly identified [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 March 18th, 2014|People Tips|0 Comments

‘Love Your Job’ Awards

  The  ‘Love Your Job’ Awards  ceremony  was a lovely event, filled with positivity and news of great achievements. I was honoured to be asked to give the National Careers Service Award for Innovation and Improvement     […]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 February 17th, 2014|News and Updates|0 Comments

This Time it’s Personnel: Humane Resourced

  A collection of articles written by a wide variety of HR professionals on topics they feel passionately about, has been released on Kindle today, bringing a real insight into today's business issues. "This Time its Personnel" is a follow up to the hugely popular "Humane, Resourced",  has been published on Kindle and gone to the top of [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 January 30th, 2014|News and Updates|0 Comments

Creativity vs. Decision Making – and why ‘Just do it!’ is sometimes wrong

I married a creative genius, who constantly comes up with all kinds of ideas, sometimes practical, sometimes not. He just doesn’t see the boundaries that most of us are hidebound by, so his imagination roams unfettered.  At times, I really appreciate his ability to see things in a different light, in ways that I would [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 December 12th, 2013|People Tips|4 Comments

Knowing Your Business Radio Show

Podcasts from  the Knowing Your Business Show are now available here. I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Matt Bird, the one and only Relationologist,  who was filled with wisdom about how we can improve our people skills – and why it is important. Matt’s site is http://www.relationology.co.uk/ […]

By | 2014-08-03T21:25:59+00:00 December 10th, 2013|News and Updates|0 Comments

Introducing Spring Publishing

After months of planning and hard work, Spring Development now has a sister site – www.springpublishing.co.uk. I’ve been responsible for the publishing of CareerTrain books since the beginning of the year. A new website was needed,  so it made sense to link it to  the Spring brand and make it as user friendly ad possible. [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|News and Updates|0 Comments

Are you sure you want to give that feedback?

We all have to give feedback from time to time – or do we? In my experience, it’s common to feel that you ‘have’ to tell someone something that has come to your attention. What is a lot less common, is taking the time to think what will be gained from giving the feedback. Yes, [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 November 5th, 2013|People Tips|0 Comments

Here’s what I did last night….

 Emma Sue Prince, Director of Unimenta spoke at a CIMA event about the themes in her book,The Advantage:The 7 soft skills you need to stay one step ahead  (which I reviewed a while back, here). Emma Sue is passionate about the need for a new skill set  in today’s world, and underpins her work with fascinating [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 September 20th, 2013|News and Updates|0 Comments

The Perils of Meeting and Greeting

I was asked these questions about meeting and greeting by a journalist recently, so I thought I’d share my responses here. Why do people often mis-judge a greeting (going for a handshake when the other person goes in to kiss)? There are so many variations on greetings these days that it is impossible to get [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 September 13th, 2013|People Tips|0 Comments

Harvesting People Skills – How have yours grown?

Reaping what you sow  September is a lovely month. Somehow it combines new beginnings (we never forget the new school year!) with abundance and fruitfulness – the harvest that feeds us for the rest of the year. We may be a long way past school age, but you don’t need me to tell you that [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:18+00:00 September 2nd, 2013|People Tips|0 Comments

Unimenta Expert – Workplace Training

I'm delighted to have been asked to Join Unimenta's team of experts. My specialism is Workplace Training. Also on the team we have Martin Haworth - his specialsim is coaching, and Paul Z Jackson, who  has plenty to teach us about using Applied Improv, Unimenta is a  membership support site for teachers, practitioners & trainers [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:12:19+00:00 June 17th, 2013|News and Updates|0 Comments