For those with an interest in public speaking or personal development.
We could probably all identify with the words of Elizabeth I above.
I realised embarrassingly late in life that time is finite. And, because it is finite, it is precious. And, because it is precious, how we spend time and who we spend time with, becomes vitally important.
Since realising this, I have spent a lot of my time researching this whole strange concept of time. And, if time can be used wisely, at the right time, in the right way, with the right support, then work and life goals can be achieved.
Some time ago, I was responsible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), London. In tune with the IMechE’s stance at that time, Professional Development Plans (PDPs) were created for members, to ensure that they reached their ultimate aim of becoming a Chartered Engineer.
But something was missing from the PDP: Personal development.
Because without factoring in time to do nourishing activities, a person’s ability to achieve professional goals could be compromised.
So, to this end, I have created a training course about Effective Time Management and How to Achieve Goals.
If delivered for an organisation, delegates examine strategic goals, drilling down to department goals, and then an individual’s goals.
Delegates complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) that takes into account work, professional and personal goals. The PDP also shows how time should be carved up annually, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily to achieve these aims.
After the training, a Buddying service can be delivered. A monthly-check in whereby, for a tiny time investment of 1 hour, a person can talk through their PDP to check if they are still on track. And, if not, how they get back on track.
Anyway, if you or your organisation would like to increase the likelihood of goals being met, do get in touch.
I began this section with the words of Elizabeth I. But I will end with the words of another impressive leader and communicator, the World War I poet, Wilfred Owen: I have a few minutes. They are Yours.
With much warmth