Your Training Provider

We often get asked “Can you do a course on…?” If it’s to do with people and the so called “Soft skills” the answer is probably “Yes!” and even if we can’t do it we can probably recommend a trusted partner to help you instead.

We can deliver short programmes from short seminars or tasters to 2-3 day sessions or a bit longer.

So what have people asked for?  The programmes listed on the right of the page provide just a sample of the types of training events people have asked for.  Many of the programmes listed here can also be tailored to the specific needs of that audience and to the themes of your organisation (we can, of course, design the materials to your own brand as well).

We would be delighted to discuss how these would work for you people or  perhaps book a pilot session to gauge reaction to our courses and events?



Skills for Business

Check out details of our courses and outlines:

Other courses we deliver:

  • Meaningful Appraisals: How to deliver effective appraisals and value of your own appraisal system (we can bespoke this one)
  • Creative Solutions: How to focus on the solution and not the problem
  • Coaching for Results: Coaching skills to enable you to get the best out of people
  • I Win – You Win: Negotiation and Influencing skills to get the results you want
  • Leading the Way: Developing an understanding of leadership and your own leadership style
  • Emotional Intelligence – How to achieve a high EQ and develop strategies that work for you
  • Letters Mean Business: Business correspondence in plain English
  • Report Writing: How to bring simplicity and impact to your reports

If you want to discuss your Training needs or any of the courses above contact us on 0844 873 1226


No Guru now working with University of Huddersfield

Quarter 1 has started off with brilliant news, a newly commissioned programme of delivery for the University of Huddersfield to deliver ‘Strategic Thinking in Higher Education’ as part of an ambitious programme of development for Senior Managers. This leads to a recognised qualification from the Chartered Management Institute.  Head of Staff Development, Daniel Benton explains (more…)

Coaching for Results: Event with Professional Liverpool

We are delighted to be partnering with Professional Liverpool to deliver a FREE seminar on Monday 5th March (3pm to 5pm).

This explores the role of Coaching (and Mentoring) in helping staff deliver business results.  The session will be run by John Drysdale and will be a chance to find out how you can coach more effectively and perhaps consider a role in Coaching and Mentoring through our ILM Programmes.

To reserve your place click here. (more…)

Nexus – The University of Leeds

News this week is we have been working with the team at Nexus based within the University of Leeds.

Nexus is a new hub to connect business and enterprise with world leading research and innovation within the University. The video below shows the state of the art facilities which will house high tech companies and create a collaborative space, developing a community which supports business growth in Leeds City Region. (more…)


John's Blog

The Immortal Memory: Robert Burns

Address to The Liverpool Athenaeum  2nd February 2018

I was delighted to be asked by club President Sir David Maddison to deliver The Immortal Memory at The Athenaeum Burns evening which I attended with my wife Fiona. This is a huge honour for any Scot and I hope I did it justice.  Burns provides such a rich tapestry I found it a real challenge to be succint and speak in a way that would connect with the audience – I chose to set Burns against the universal themes we recognise today and in the challenges we face in uncertain times.  I hope you enjoy it.   JD


The Immortal Memory – Robert Burns 1759-1796

The Athenaeum 2nd Feb 2018

President, ladies and gentlemen, fellow proprietors and distinguished guests.  I am honoured to propose the Immortal Memory this evening.

To one Robert Burns who lived between 1759 and 1796.


Image Triage – be careful what you post

How to avoid public ‘shaming’

If you’ve ever read Jon Ronson’s book ‘Shamed’, you will know the devastating effect social media can have on people who have posted something stupid on the internet.

Ronson highlights the case of Justine Sacco (a director of corporate communications) who, before boarding an 11-hour flight from Heathrow to Cape Town, Tweeted to her 170 followers what she thought was a series of lighthearted, acerbic comments about her journey. (more…)

Across the great divide

Let’s be kinder to each other in 2017

There is a striking memorial in a park in Indianapolis.  It marks the spot where in April 1968, Robert Kennedy told a waiting crowd that Martin Luther King had been shot and killed, before speaking from the heart and his own personal experience, that violence is never an answer to our grievances.  His calming words quelled the rioting that other cities endured in the days after Dr King’s death and, arguably, saved some lives that night.


The memorial itself is an arresting work of art.  (more…)