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Team Building-What they thought of their day at London Zoo

John Curran - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

3. Did the trainer deliver the material well?

Yes really impressed

28/11/2011 15:02

Great trainer, motivated and entertaining to keep the day flowing well

28/11/2011 12:51

YES

25/11/2011 16:10

yes

25/11/2011 10:48

yes

25/11/2011 10:45

yes, John's style encouraged a spirit of participation and created a nice form of competition

25/11/2011 10:18

Yes, liked the way the theory came out in the interesting tasks which we were all set.

24/11/2011 14:12

YES

24/11/2011 13:13

Yes excellently.

24/11/2011 11:05

Yes very well, John was brilliant!

24/11/2011 10:17

Yes

24/11/2011 10:13

Very Well

24/11/2011 9:33

Very well. Clear, easy to understand, without being patronising.

23/11/2011 17:03

Yes, understandable and amusing

23/11/2011 16:51

Yes

23/11/2011 16:47

Very well! I thought he was brilliant!

23/11/2011 16:29

A vast improvement on Sharon, engaging and enthusiastic without liking the sound of his own voice!

23/11/2011 16:25

Yes

23/11/2011 16:24

Yes I thought he delivered it in a fun and informative way, he was a pleasure to listen to and kept everyone interested throughout.

23/11/2011 16:22

yes

23/11/2011 16:19

Yes. Took a light hearted approach to deliver some important learning

23/11/2011 16:17

Yes

23/11/2011 16:16

Yes - very well

23/11/2011 16:16

Yes

23/11/2011 16:14

Yes. He made the day entertaining by being an entertainer himself, making jokes which made the day enjoyable and not boring.

23/11/2011 16:12

Yes, he was brilliant

23/11/2011 16:12

Yes

23/11/2011 16:11

Very well

23/11/2011 16:11

Yes

23/11/2011 16:08

Yes

23/11/2011 16:08


4. Was the venue appropriate for the event?

Yes, made it more enjoyable

28/11/2011 15:02

I enjoyed the complete change of scene

28/11/2011 12:51

YES

25/11/2011 16:10

yes

25/11/2011 10:48

Yes it is a very good venue.

25/11/2011 10:45

Yes, the venue made the day and helped create a high energy and social event.

25/11/2011 10:18

yes nice setting - food could have been better

24/11/2011 14:12

YES

24/11/2011 13:13

Made a very nice change.

24/11/2011 11:05

Yes, a fantastic venue!

24/11/2011 10:17

Yes, great venue

24/11/2011 10:13

Yes

24/11/2011 9:33

Excellent venue - encouraged participation

23/11/2011 17:03

Yes

23/11/2011 16:51

Yes

23/11/2011 16:47

It was so much more fun than it has been in the past. It was nice not to be stuck in one room all day.

23/11/2011 16:29

Good to see some thought had gone into it.

23/11/2011 16:25

Yes

23/11/2011 16:24

Yes the venue was far more interesting than a drab office block somewhere. The actual room was spacious and suited the days activities. Previous venues have been a bit cramped for the activities the day has involved. The only downside is it was a bit warm.

23/11/2011 16:22

yes

23/11/2011 16:19

Brilliant venue!

23/11/2011 16:17

Yes

23/11/2011 16:16

Yes - very good

23/11/2011 16:16

Yes

23/11/2011 16:14

Yep. Perfect venue. Was better than the other infinite day.

23/11/2011 16:12

Yes

23/11/2011 16:12

Yes

23/11/2011 16:11

Great venue, room to move and Zoo entertaining!

23/11/2011 16:11

Yes

23/11/2011 16:08

yes

23/11/2011 16:08

6. Which parts were the least useful or enjoyable and why?

Were a few too many team building events

28/11/2011 15:02

ALL GOOD

25/11/2011 16:10

the trip, because it's such a long jounry to get to these sorts of things, always in central

25/11/2011 10:48

Filming adverting activity is the lease enjoyable for a quiet person.

25/11/2011 10:45

The travel is always tough for the ES staff, but given the overall experience well worth the time invested

25/11/2011 10:18

HAVING TO CREATE A VIDEO OUTLINING WHAT WE DO IN OUR DEPT. (LEAST ENJOYABLE)

24/11/2011 13:13

N/A

24/11/2011 11:05

Enjoyed it all, could have been a bit more to do with finance.

24/11/2011 10:17

film making did not enjoy

24/11/2011 9:33

Whole day was good, there was nothing that stood out as being a waste if time

23/11/2011 17:03

N/A

23/11/2011 16:51

Making the film was fun

23/11/2011 16:47

I really can't think of any.

23/11/2011 16:29

In previous years you could be fairly critical of some of the activities but this year they were all enjoyable and interesting.

23/11/2011 16:22

the introduction lasted too long

23/11/2011 16:19

Enjoyed all of it

23/11/2011 16:16

None

23/11/2011 16:14

When the trainer was describing our preferences- communication styles. Only because i was a square and wanted to be a driver!

23/11/2011 16:12

none

23/11/2011 16:12

the team videoa because it seemed a lot to do in a short time

23/11/2011 16:11

I quite liked it all

23/11/2011 16:08

when we lost the building game on the table

23/11/2011 16:08

Would like to have seen how we can use the communication styles more within our direct team

28/11/2011 15:02

STICK WITH JOHN CURRAN

25/11/2011 16:10

Team work theory, behavior and activities.

25/11/2011 10:45

keep mixing it up, same format again would get stale and lose impact, so needs continual need ideas and perspectives.

25/11/2011 10:18

N/A

24/11/2011 13:13

None

24/11/2011 10:17

Same again!

23/11/2011 17:03

Maybe work in your own departments

23/11/2011 16:47

More like this please!!

23/11/2011 16:29

really well done compared to last few events, maybe a bit of breakfast wouldn't go a miss as most said they were hungry or a 9.30 start.

23/11/2011 16:25

Breakfast would have been nice - a couple of bacon rolls etc.

23/11/2011 16:24

It sounds trivial but breakfast would have been nice!

23/11/2011 16:22

keep going in this vein. this has been the only enjoyable one i've ever been to.

23/11/2011 16:19

Unusual venues and subtle learning through team activities

23/11/2011 16:17

Continue to do something different each year so the format does not become predictable

23/11/2011 16:16

Enjoy the psychological insight (e.g. personality types) and would like to hear about real life examples applying this in the business world.

23/11/2011 16:14

i feel they improved the venue this time round so no improvements needed there. I would only suggest keep in mind for more fun and enjoyable venues like the zoo!

23/11/2011 16:12

Something to snack on for breakfast like in the past years.

23/11/2011 16:12

this was the best infinite event so far. John made all the difference. less talking more action.

23/11/2011 16:11

More Amiables

23/11/2011 16:08

Need to get out side more..... fress air

23/11/2011 16:08

8. Are there any other comments you would like to add?

Thanks for organisng a fantastic day for us to enjoy.

25/11/2011 10:45

refreshing to spend more time in groups interacting rather than listening to analysis

25/11/2011 10:18

NO

24/11/2011 13:13

John Curran was amazing!

24/11/2011 10:17

Best InFINite event to date

24/11/2011 10:13

It was the best of the ones I have attended

24/11/2011 9:33

Overall a very enjoyable & useful day.

23/11/2011 17:03

Thank you to everyone in the team who made the day so much fun!

23/11/2011 16:29

Best infinite so far

23/11/2011 16:16

A really good host and venue. The best Infinite day yet.

23/11/2011 16:14

No.

23/11/2011 16:12

I liked the format of this year's event. There was a good balance between the activities & talking. I also liked that groups did different activities.

23/11/2011 16:12

I'd definitely be happy to attend another

23/11/2011 16:08


Why is listening important in business?

John Curran - Monday, October 29, 2012

I was recently asked to provide a group of digital executives with advice on the importance of listening and how emotional intelligence helps us to communicate more effectively. The video below was shot by the organisers of the digital leaders think tank to introduce the topic to their members. 

If you are interested in training your leadership team to develop their leadership and communications skills I would love to hear from you. You can contact me at John.Curran@CurranAssociates.co.uk or give me a call on +44(0)7702246352. 



Future Leaders having fun!

John Curran - Monday, February 14, 2011

Open Course - Presenting with Impact and Resonance

John Curran - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Presenting with Impact and Resonance

The ability to project  yourself is a crucial element of personal success. Presenting your company in a professional light is imperative for ongoing personal success. When you are viewed by others positively you are an effective ambassador for your organisation and seen as adding commercial value to those around you.

The most successful people present themselves and their ideas in a confident and coherent manner. Those who do, often inspire others and imbue them with a sense of confidence that they are being lead by the right person. People are then motivated by their leader and willing to work for the common goal.

We know all of that, yet we typically avoid challenging ourselves to develop the skills associated with presenting. Often we lack confidence in ourselves or are afraid of looking foolish.

John Curran of Curran Associates provides an opportunity to develop your presentation skills within an enviroment that is challenging and nurturing. Every single delegate comes  away from our courses feeling more confident, more skilled and more eager to practise their skills when it really matters – for themselves and their organisation.

 

Next Step

If you would like to take that challenge, there are opportunities for you at the following times and in the following locations.

Central London                 1st & 2nd December , 2010

London Heathrow           26th & 27th January, 2011

Edinburgh                           23rd & 24th February

Birmingham                        24th & 25th March

Central London                 12th & 13th April

 

Included in the course are two days training, a DVD of your presentations over the two days and ongoing support and coaching for twelve months following your attendance. Each course is limited to 8 delegates.

The cost for the two day course, day delegate rate, course materials and ongoing support  is £550 plus VAT, excluding travel and accommodation (competative rates can be negotiated through Curran Associates for accommodation at or near the venues)

If you would like to  reserve a place for any of the dates above, or require any further information, please contact us:

John.curran@curranassociates.co.uk

Or by telephone

07702 246 352

 

If you would like to learn more about us, go to www.curranassociates.co.uk

 

Course Objectives:

  • To understand the component parts of an excellent presentation
  • To practise skills associated with presenting effectively
  • To understand and use appropriate preparation techniques when asked to do a presentation
  • To communicate effectively, taking account of your audience’s needs and expectations
  • To experiment and ultimately use  a style of presenting that reflects you
  • To learn how to control nervousness and pressure
  • To handle questions effectively
  • To build confidence in yourself

 

 

 

 

 

References

‘In a long and varied career I have worked with many training
organisations. This one is different. Participants gain real insights
into their own strengths and weaknesses, together with a clear
understanding of how they might be perceived by other stakeholders. Even
the most cynical of managers tells me that John Curran is refreshingly
different and that the courses have been of real benefit. The courses are
also huge fun, being delivered with great passion and humour (for a
Scot).’

Terry Massingham
Former Group Chief Executive
M J Gleeson Group plc

 

John,

 

Thanks again for a most enjoyable & informative couple of days training, a different delivery style to presentation training that I have had in the past, but with the success of the candidates on the final day, obviously a very effective one, you should be justifiably proud of a job well done.

 

Don Howie, Gleeson Homes

 

Right level, very good

Mark Granville,  Bryant Homes

Brilliant  10 out of 10.  I would gladly recommend a friend, it’s worth it.

Laura Chibamu, Bryant Homes

I learned more in two days than in 2 years at University

Alex White, Swift Horsman

 

All from same course: Keller Ground Engineering

10 out of 10.  Glad I came

Mark Edwards

Good fun and good learning experience

Jonathan Game

Excellent contained a lot of useful information for personal assessment

Phil Hughes

Fun, well prepared

Alex Craven

Very good

Lynn Clarke

Excellent and enjoyable

Eddie Evans

Excellent, apart from watching oneself on the video

Elizabeth Ward

Excellent, slick, just right

Julian Thackery

Excellent, well-prepared with options available and very worthwhile

Graham McGregor

Good that content was tailored to us, Time well spent, greater confidence

Rob Samms

Excellent, enjoyed it a lot

Nick Sharp

It was great, would recommend the course to anybody

Paul Buckley

Love them or lose them - Graduate Recruitment

John Curran - Monday, August 23, 2010

 

Love them or lose them – Our Approach to Graduate Recruitment

Neil Fowler, Director, Product Development,

Micro Focus (IP) Ltd.

 

At Micro Focus we are committed to bringing in new talent to the Development team. Like many other companies we go to the Graduate Fairs looking for skilled and gifted people who can take our company forward.

We are currently the fourth biggest software company in the UK and in the top forty globally. Keeping our technology at the cutting edge means that we need to recruit people who are capable of understanding what we do, but more importantly, recognising new trends or needs before anyone else in the market. Therefore, we try to identify people who can use their vision and mesh it with our ability to listen across the workforce to keep Micro Focus at the leading edge of technology.

The culture we encourage is summarized in our Charter for employees:

  • Cross Functional SupportAs a team, we work together with a collective responsibility for the shared objectives in support of each opportunity
  • Take responsibility & InitiativeColleagues are empowered to make a change within the organization
  • Respond promptlyResponding fast and flawlessly leads to superb customer satisfaction for internal and external customers
  • Deliver on CommitmentsDelivering on time build trust and respect with our customers
  • Close loop feedback/communicationAct upon and seek feedback to continually improving processes and customer satisfaction 
  • Get involved, debate passionately, then get on boardBe open, be involved, be part of creating a successful organization.

 

Consequently, our approach to recruitment, we like to think, is unique. We meet the graduates or undergraduates through the usual channels and invite them to spend a day with us to explore their aspirations and capabilities.

This is done through a three step approach including:

  • Background to the Company and induction process,
  • Interviews – technical and general,
  • Review and feedback.

They are given a tour of our HQ in Newbury and they meet senior people from the development area to hear some background on our technology and our vision for the company. They then spend time with John Curran from Curran Associates. John’s remit is to help them relax, conduct some management games to get them talking and help them to hit the ground running through their technical and general interviews. They have lunch and meet people from the company who have come through the same process. We conduct various review meetings with the interviewers to discuss the candidate’s progress and capabilities. We do not conduct formal tests but we do explore their technical and interpersonal capabilities from an open and transparent viewpoint. Observing how candidates perform when presented with technical problems gives us great insight into how they will perform in similar situations. We are looking for people who can work on their own effectively and excel within teams. The graduates are then given specific feedback on why they were or were not successful. We find that this approach helps them to see the culture within the company and motivates them to want to succeed. Even those who have been unsuccessful have asked if they could reapply next time, or tell us that they have enjoyed the day and have learned more about themselves than at any previous recruitment days.

Below is an unsolicited comment from one of our most recent recruits.

Hi John,

It's Chris from the Micro Focus interview that took place on 22nd June 2010.

I would like to thank you for all of your kind words and support on the interview day; they meant a lot to me.

I would also like to mention that the interview process at Micro Focus was the best I have taken part in. I do not know who came up with the interview process, but it was excellent! Regardless of whether I would have received an offer or not, I would have left Micro Focus feeling that it was a great place to work.

I wish you all the best,

Chris S

As you can see, we like to help people succeed. So, if you’d like to hear more about what we do, or apply for a position in the future, please look on our Website: www.microfocus.com

 

 

Neil Fowler

The Chips are Hard!!!!

John Curran - Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Working with a team of managers last week, we discussed our time management logs and the time thieves we had uncovered. When it is someone senior to us, we are sometimes afraid of letting them know that they are using our time gratuitously without concern for our ‘normal’ responsibilities. Equally, we are often afraid to let them know for fear of their reaction to this insight, especially if they are our ‘sponsors’ within the business. We are often afraid that they will go into denial and start justifying their actions as more important to the business than our usual responsibilities. Worse still they may view us as negative or even ungrateful.

The analogy I used was from a recent experience. I often cook at home and love to please my wife with my latest recipes. I am mindful that my wife has high expectations and I sometimes feel disheartened if she complains of a cold plate or over cooked food. Recently, she made a meal where the chips were rock hard. I sat there waiting for her to acknowledge that she had overcooked the chips. And I waited and waited; to the point were I started to eat with my mouth open so that she could hear the crunch on these teeth busters. Towards the end, she said, ‘I think the chips are overdone’. I burst out laughing and reflected back to her, her likely reaction if I had made the same error. She was mildly irritated by my observation, but I don’t think I will suffer from ‘hard chips’ again.

So while I debated with a delegate as to whether she should bring her log information to her boss, we agreed that people have different expectations of us than they lay on themselves and that they are less empathetic to our perceived needs. We agreed that she should show her boss the log and just leave it with him for him to draw his own conclusions to the data, particularly the three hours of her time he used up over a five day period.

I reflected back to her that he was unlikely to acknowledge great guilt over these findings but that the best she could expect would be that he would say: ‘The chips were a bit hard!’ That indeed would be progress.