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Am I Delegating Enough?

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 28 Jul 2014

Delegating is one of the most challenging skills for new managers.

Too many new (and experienced!) managers struggle to give up work and find themselves stressed and overworked.

Is this you?

Am I Delegating Enough?

Effective delegation is essential for effective management.

In this post I'm going to run through some classic signs of poor delegation and help you overcome them.

If you're struggling with your new management role or want to upskill before making the leap, come on our Management Skills for New Managers course which includes a session on delegation.

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Effective Questioning Techniques for Trainers and Coaches

Written by Andy Trainer – Wed 09 Jul 2014

Using questions in training is the most effective way to engage with your group and encourage participation.

Questioning Techniques in Training

Questions give you instant feedback on how well your sessions are going while keeping discussion moving forward.

There are a number of questioning techniques and each is useful for different purposes and situations. They are:

  • General
  • Pass On
  • Question, Wait, Select
  • Send Back
  • Send Out

Before I go into each technique in more detail, I'm first going to run through why questions are important in good training sessions and what constitutes an excellent question.

We recommend that new and inexperienced trainers attend our 2-day Train the Trainer workshops. We will help you deliver more effective, engaging training sessions.

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5 Steps to Effective Personnel Management

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 16 Jun 2014

Effective personnel management is one of the hardest tasks for any manager but it's also one of the most important.

Effective Personnel Management

Managing large teams can feel like a never ending task. The minute you think you have a grasp of the team's availability and capabilities, something changes and it can feel like going back to square one.

You need to approach the different aspects of personnel management in the right order, at the right times, for the best chance of success.

In this post I outline my 5 Steps to Effective Personnel Management. Read through and see how they compare to your processes.

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TagPoints win Silicon Beach Startup Competition

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 28 Apr 2014

Jess Stephens, Managing Director at TagPoints blew away the judges to win the Silicon Beach Training Startup Competition in Brighton, Tues 22nd April 2014.

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Director Jess Stephens and Business Development Executive Josh Wallman celebrate

Competing against two other strong finalists in Sweta Chattopadhyay (Localfunded) and Jenni Macdonald (Precision Paraplanning), Jess gave a strong presentation highlighting the potential for TagPoints to grow which clearly impressed our judging panel; Darren Fell (Crunch), Caraline Brown (Midnight PR), Lisa Reynolds (Let Me Do That For You) & Mike Herd (Sussex Innovation Centre).

The judges were "blown away by the capability of the business and how fast it could scale" and while impressed by the other finalists, TagPoints were the clear winner on the day.

TagPoints now has the support of sponsors Silicon Beach Training, Crunch Accounting, Midnight PR and Clear Business Development to help grow the business and realise their ambitious plans.

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PRINCE2 Quiz

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 07 Apr 2014

Now you can test your knowledge of PRINCE2® with our interactive PRINCE2 Quiz!

Split into 11 bite-sized parts, this quiz tests your understanding of PRINCE2 2009 Themes and Processes.

Our PRINCE2 quiz is ideal for revision for your PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner exams or for testing your knowledge before coming on a PRINCE2 course.

PRINCE2 Revision Quiz

To work through our PRINCE2 quiz, use the links below:

For comprehensive instructor-led PRINCE2 training, examination and certification, delegates should attend one of our public PRINCE2 Foundation training or PRINCE2 Practitioner training courses in Brighton, UK.

Head over to our PRINCE2 Resources page for more help with your PRINCE2 revision.

This PRINCE2 quiz is written by Silicon Beach Training and does not represent real PRINCE2 exam content.

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