My programmes are intensive, experiential, and participatory (digital workshops included). Participants choose their own degree of challenge in a safe, confidential, and highly supportive learning environment.
All my Workshop programmes can be delivered virtually or in person… but…. what works in the training room doesn’t necessarily directly translate to being delivered digitally. Therefore, virtual and in-person workshops on the same topic will differ – in learning outcomes, approach, and the way participants experience the activities. This means that however I deliver your workshop, your participants will be getting the best possible learning experience, adapted to the medium we’re using to deliver it.
I specialise in the way individuals understand themselves and relate to others, so workshop topics fall into two broad themes, for example:
Personal awareness & self-management:
- Boost your resilience and manage stress
- Deploying your strengths and values in making decisions
- Wrangle your workload
- Navigate change and uncertainty
- Tools for handling perfectionism and imposter phenomenon
- Writing for researchers: creative approaches to workflow and productivity
- Assertiveness skills
- Communicating your expertise and potential
- Communicating your research to non-specialists
- Ditch the agenda: make every meeting worthwhile
- Negotiating skills
- Preparing and performing your Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
- Resolving conflict in the research environment
- Stop networking; start connecting (with other human beings)
- Train-the-Trainer (Introduction to training skills)
Experiences and expertise in these topics is highly individual, so it is rare that any two participants show up with the same agenda or objectives. Because of this, a cohort model – taking all learners from point A, though point B, to point C – doesn’t serve participants well.
Instead, you’ll take ownership of your learning path. You’ll establish your landscape (what’s my starting point and context?), set your own development goals (what do I want to change?), experiment with activities and tools (how might I make change?), and then plan implementation (how will I start closing the gap?).
You’ll develop a deeper understanding of your behaviour patterns, your strengths, and your learning preferences; this means you’ll make better choices about your personal and professional development.
When you take control of your learning in this way, you’ll grow in confidence: make better choices, work to your strengths, approach problems creatively, and make the most of your personal resources and external support.
Session worked seamlessly online
Clearly a lot of thought was put into delivery, and the session worked seamlessly online. Often online sessions can be pretty unengaging, but the delivery was excellent.
Reflect and reframe
This session has really encouraged me to reflect on my career so far, spot the negative assumptions I have about it and reframe them positively.
More aware of my behavioural patterns
The session made me more aware of my behavioral patterns under stress. Also it gave everyone the opportunity to talk about how they feel in their situation and allowed finding other people that are in the same situation (as cliché as it sounds)
Designed very interesting interactive break out sessions
The course lead, Dr Robins-Hobden, was absolutely amazing, she was approachable and knew what she was talking about. She had designed very interesting interactive break out sessions. I was sceptical at the beginning because it was all online, but everything turned out really well! Almost as if I was in a classroom [on campus].
Simplify solutions for problems that might feel huge
I personally love the way Sarah speaks to us, explains things and gives examples to simplify solutions for the problems that might feel huge! I also enjoy the breakout rooms where we can share our experiences that we might not comfortable enough share in the main room.
Learnt some useful de-stress skills
Everything was brilliant, I was able to de-stree during the session with the good rapport developed in the short time and learnt some useful de-stress skills as well.
One of the best I’ve ever attended
The flow of happiness that I experienced during and after the workshop has changed things for me already so thanks again!
It really was a great workshop, and you are so good at what you’re doing. They way you’ve explained all of this, the examples you’ve use and the humor that you’ve brought in, has made this workshop probably one of the best I’ve ever attended (and you can bet that you’re making a change).
The breakout rooms were extremely valuable in understanding the similarities in our challenges despite coming from different backgrounds. Discussing our perceptions and getting feedback from others was extremely valuable.