My lock-down project has been to research my family history. (I first started this many years ago when everything was on microfiche and index cards!) Now with the luxury of the internet I've managed to find some fascinating family members including...
My Husband's 13 x great-uncle who was part of the gang who stopped Guy Fawkes! (Apparently pushing the 'torch' out of his hand to stop it lighting the fuse!)
On my own side, I’ve traced my direct line back to Vikings! Yep, seriously. Me and 'Bernard the Dane' are blood relatives. (Would have preferred a slightly more Viking-ish name like Eric Bloodaxe etc... But Berny was in fact a Prince of Denmark, so I won't complain too much!)
Whether you know any of your family history or non at all, I believe that these people have some influence in our lives, but I am also very aware of all the non-blood relatives, friends and acquaintances that have had an impact too!
So, what is the legacy I'm leaving behind?
As someone who helps people grow and develop, I wonder how my present-day interactions might impact current and future generations?
My hope is that I help others tap into their sense of curiosity and creativity and like my Viking ancestors I'm known for exploring new terrains and unafraid to try out uncharted waters.
Who do you think you are?
This is possibly my first recorded Training session. I wasn’t an official Trainer at the time, I was an Interior Designer for B&Q in Hedge End, Hampshire!
But instead of venturing to people’s homes to help them design a room or two, I decided it would be way more fun (and productive) to get customers to come into store and learn everything they needed to know to design their own homes.
I took this photo in our cafe. It was week 1 of a 6-week customer paint effects workshop… well it was the 90’s!
These workshops lead me to find out more about training and my official career in Learning & Development began!
#CuriousLighthouse #CreativeLearning #B&Q
Do you ever do something really well in one context and then rubbish in another?
I'm often asked to host training for Managers around the topic of SETTING EXPECTATIONS. (It's something I do very naturally in work mode.) My best bit of advise...
'Get people to clarify back what they think you have asked them to do!'
This way they have to think through the process and vocalise it, and you can then listen out for things that need to be further discussed.
I asked my 8 yr old Son to make is own sandwich for lunch. I didn't set any expectations, I didn't ask him to clarify back what he was going to make, the result...
a marshmallow and jellybean sandwich!
Learning doesn't just happen in a training session. It happens all around us! Follow my ramblings and continue to see the world in a different light!