Eager for face to face learning

Next week I have two more face to face (in the same physical space!) learning events to deliver. As we return, with some trepidation, to some normality, the last two years have enabled a careful reflection on learning events in our sectors.

For me there is now a new outlook, rather like an upgrade, on how I approach training requests from clients old and new alike.

I am taking into account now, just how much can a physical training day achieve, and how much of the content might be delivered differently.

For example, many of us, over many years of interaction with training colleagues, came to the conclusion that there was an art rather than science in the delivery of the one day course, which is still the bedrock of much physical space training.

But now I am starting to take account of how learning might be achieved in these brief and short lived ‘settings’, through a connected flow of interactions: pre course through surveys, e-learning and video tasters, through the physical training and facilitation day, onto post course reflections and further interactions, mentoring or group coaching, and ending with validation, certification, and/or accreditation.

When our clients simply say how excited they are to be attending physical training again, we ask them why would that be. The commonest answer is not that its the best type of training per se, its just that they are aching to get ‘back’ to that direct connection and close learning community with human interaction.

They deserve our best efforts to avoid the compulsion to just ‘flip a switch’ and go back to how it was before, and instead deliver a ‘step change’ experience in the training room and beyond.

More to share next time around!

Dear friends and colleagues…keep training!!!

Face to face, back to back, strength to strength!!

This week I have delivered two CIEH foundation courses, back to back 200 miles apart, and so good to re-establish great training events that people enjoy!

Good old flipchart exercises, coursebooks, watching new video clips of handwashing training by my granddaughter, a customised, revised and improved powerpoint show with lots of new photos and graphics. Super HD TV screen (all cables brought with me!). Carried a spare projector with me just in case. And I have produced brighter pre-course information. I am always open to improving my course, so onwards and upwards! (even my timing got better – less rushing, balanced emphasis, and time for those little ‘humorous’ moments!!!)

Favourite exercise? Always the thermometer construction by the whole group! Didn’t they do well and look, they all signed it!!! And I loved the artist’s quick change to blue for the fridge, if not the freezer!!!

It was two fabulous inspirational days out. Back to the office for paperwork and planning the next ones!

PS And yes they all passed (very well)!

Career Branding Map for mentees

I have recently taken on two mentees, in two different schemes, and one conversation prompted me to research career branding to help a mentee gain some structure to their job searching process.

This simple ‘mind-map’ provides some ideas and challenges to be explored in conversation, or even as a stand alone activity.

As a starting point, each sector could be ‘scored’ and could produce the familiar ‘wheel’ diagram to highlight what is good and what needs more attention. Alternatively it could be expanded in mindmap style into a presentation, or full blown mentoring programme.

Its down to the mentor and mentee to use it as they wish. I hope you find it of use. If you want a discussion on this feel free to email me david@davidnewsum.com

Personal Career Branding Map – david@davidnewsum.com

Merry Christmas to all my subscribers

Its been a tortuous two years or so for many, if not all of us, both professionally and personally. Although Christmas might usually be just a simple time of joy and happiness, this one, again, won’t be quite ‘normal’, so please stay safe and act cautiously.

Next year I will be here, as ever, offering nuggets of advice, training and coaching tips, and sharing my own journey of getting back to a new ‘normal’ with hybrid training, whatever is thrown at us. One thing is for certain, there will be some surprises, but hopefully also some, new and exciting developments in the world of environmental health training.

By the way, I am taking a break from my CIEH elected trustee role for now, having served for 3 years under very challenging times… however I will still be connected in some way, with the prospect of returning to the role in the future. I have strived to represent the views and opinions of those who voted me in during this time, while having to take difficult decisions to secure the future of the CIEH.

Wishing you and your teams, families and anyone else, a safe and festive time. Till next year…

David

Explaining HACCP – an old favourite

Back in 2006, when the ‘HACCP’ requirement was being implemented in the UK/Europe, I led a series of FSA/CIEH workshops on the new requirements, including introducing the infamous SFBB, now firmly embedded in the small food business psyche.

As part of that training, we developed the HACCP continuum, a graphic showing the flexibility of compliance, dependent on the complexity/risk of the setting.

I was recently reminded by a very good colleague that this was still not only relevant, but highly effective in explaining that HAACP solutions vary and there is no ‘right’ answer.

I am now preparing a webcast on this for release in the new year. Do have a look at the graphic and provide any comments to help flesh it out.

Career branding framework – comments welcome

I am venturing into new territory next year, taking on board some career mentoring activity. Of course I have discovered through my formal mentoring training that I, like many others, have been mentoring colleagues for years, mainly informally and to some extent rather ad hoc.

Now I have the chance to take a more organised (don’t laugh!) approach and take on one or two ‘mentees’ for 2022.

So to help me develop some tools of my own, please comment on how useful, if at all, the diagram below might be. You are welcome to use, suggest modifications, or completely diss it!!!

© Newsum Consultants Ltd. 2021

Successful day out! Face to face training always the best!

So, after some 18 months a small group of learners got the benefit of one of my face to face learnings today. What a day – as usual I enjoyed what I think I do best – working with enthusiastic colleagues who need a little bit of assistance and guidance to help them learn and validate their understanding, along with a little bit of entertainment, camaraderie and positivity. Great to be back in the real world again!

1-1 Intermediate update

I promised I would keep a running commentary on this special course.

We have had a couple more sessions now, often arranged and re-arranged at short notice as my ‘student’ (K) had operational and domestic difficulties to negotiate. But this is the territory I have chosen to occupy, and I made myself available literally 24/7.

With just one learner, the old rules of contact time don’t seem to be as relevant, as the learning is relaxed but intense at the same time, and the confidence in K has grown in leaps and bounds. K has taken well to the elements of learning from the CIEH course book.

For this student, there would have been no route to gaining the qualification other than remote learning, and they had decided that e-learning was not a practical option from previous experience.

Last night was a great session, and a lovely revelation when we both saw how beneficial a zoom course supported by smart phones at the same time (messenger, google etc.) can be. Our IT apprehension has all but disappeared!

One more session will do it I think! Total guided learning time will reach about 20 hours, split roughly 50/50 contact time and private validated study and exercises.

I will be taking one more student for this course in September, and definitely want to keep the facility alongside my face to face courses starting up again.

Update – Virtual 1-1 Intermediate Food Safety

First session last night successfully delivered on zoom – we both enjoyed it (I certainly did!) and this morning I sent my ‘student’ this email:

Good morning K, I really enjoyed working with you last night – hope you did too?

While the zoom conversations are useful and consolidate your understanding, the core of this type of remote 1-1 course is also based in the studying of the CIEH text book which, as you now know, is excellent.

Please do what you can before our second session on Sunday from 8.30 a.m., to overview the book, and in particular look at the following pages in detail, making notes to help you remember.

We will do a bit of an understanding test on these pages on Sunday!!!

Also you will need to produce a simple flow chart for the chicken supreme/ballotine

Also please complete the questions listed below and check your answers in the back of the book.

Any further questions you can do will help, and I will ask you at the conclusion of the course to commit to completing all the questions in the near future to consolidate your learning.

We made great progress last night so I am really looking forward to Sunday – we may need a full two hours then if you can fit that in?

Best regards

Any questions just fire away by email, messenger or phone call!

David

If anyone is interested in this bespoke training programme I will have one more place available in September.