Centre Director – John Pounds Community Trust
After meeting with Gethin it was clear he ‘got us ‘ as a business and individuals. I could see the programme would not be off the shelf, but shaped for the team’s needs. Gethin’s professional background had clearly given him a good understanding of various teams’ dynamics and an understanding of the pressures I was experiencing.
Planned with the business in mind, at a time and place that best suited us. Which helped achieve successful outcomes for all. ‘Staying in touch ‘ by follow up emails promoting thought into action worked well.
The team are talking about the programme with each other and trying to implement positive change. Individuals are more positive in themselves and when supporting their colleagues. Individuals have a more positive approach when dealing with problems and the day to day pressures of their role.
Entrepreneur – Business Owner – Property Investor – CDM Contractors Ltd
Our initial meetings with Gethin were very positive and we felt after reviewing we really wanted him on board with our company. He was very engaging, clear and precise with our staff and made them all feel at ease from Day One of his delivery.
Our staff have been very enthusiastic about working with Gethin as they felt his content and delivery was very down to earth and they could relate to his mind-set. He has an excellent approach, people skills and sense of humour”.
Gethin started programme with the “The art of communication” keynote. We then ran the 6 week training programme to two leadership teams. The strategies are now being rolled out across the company and Gethin is delivering 121 coaching sessions to myself and other senior managers.
Operations Manager Solent Jobs Programme at Southampton City Council
Gethin had delivered a “Seeds of belief development” programme to our clients and due to the success of this programme I asked Gethin to deliver his “Art of Communication” workshop to the support workers. These was a mixture of staff from Portsmouth City Council, The Wheatsheaf Trust and Southhampton City Council.
Below are a selection of comments from delegates
I found Gethin a very inspirational man and an excellent workshop. It really made you think about how you communicate with clients and how different approaches / changing approaches can benefit your working relationship with a client to gain the best possible outcome for them.
Gethin’s personal story – though extreme – was fascinating. The part of the training I found most useful was probably the transactional analysis. It made me reflect on my own style of practice when working with clients.
Gethin clearly knew his subject and his delivery was engaging.
Yesterday’s training was really enjoyable and I feel that we covered the objectives that were set at the start of raising awareness. It was eye opening and I can definitely find myself referring back to certain sections to make sure I am more effective with my delivery.
Deputy Director of Childrens Services Portsmouth City Council
Gethin’s workshop fully met the brief. It was particularly useful to revisit engaging for change and motivation for change
The content was interesting. It used personal story telling, which is meaningful and inspiring. The workshop allowed the team to revisitHow they working with complexity from a different perspective and offered some valuable nuggets in terms of creativity, intensity and persistence
Service Leader Portsmouth City Council
Gethin had a unstructured brief, however as he know the work the team carry out he was able to develop an empowering workshop that allowed practitioners to reflect on their practice and see things from another perspective.
Gethin listened to brief and understood the work team carry out on a daily basis. With this information he was developed an empowering workshop that allowed practitioners to reflect on their practice and see things from another perspective.
The session was both relaxed, informative and the style allowed for free thinking and sharing of ideas. Working with to develop ideas rather than being ‘lectured’.
In discussion with the team they really liked the presentation and felt it enhanced their learning. Some practitioners felt is enabled them to move away from the rescuing and creating dependency mode and enabling their young people to seek solutions with support, rather than be provided with the answers.
The session offered great value and expressed how “one size does not fit all’ – lets start looking at the bigger picture and remember change is possible, and keep persevering.
Employment Officer Southampton City Council
I have to admit I was not impressed when my Manager informed me I would be attending Art of Communication Training as over the years I have attended a couple of communication training sessions. I also deliver Employability Training and cover positive body language and effective verbal communication.
On the day of training I went into the room with a closed mind believing I would not be learning anything new and would only be taught how to suck eggs.
How wrong was I……
Gethin set the tone with his opening speech, it was powerful, straight to the point and I could relate. He was a real person giving real life experiences and in-depth portrayal on his journey from a child to where he stood in front of us that day. His delivery style was open, honest and personable which got everyone in the room engaging and participating in discussions and activities.
I found Gethin inspirational and I did walk away from the training with new knowledge and a better insight to why some think the way they do. I found the training to be relevant and useful to the nature of work I do and the people I support on a daily basis, I will definitely embed what I have learnt into my practice and be more mindful of people situations and circumstances.