Personal development training is about developing the skills we need to operate more effectively in our work, education and in our personal life. Training in this field covers the key skills needed by people working in management and the professions, but also by anyone who wishes to improve the way they utilise their own abilities and the way they interact with other people.
The Core Skills of Personal Development
The core skills addressed in a personal development training programme will invariably include:
- Effective communication
- Goal setting and project management
- Time management
- Dealing with difficult people
- Stress management
Fundamental skills for life
These are fundamental skills for finding an effective path through almost any area of life one chooses to operate in. Indeed, many of these core skills are covered in other training courses. However, personal development training is different in that it brings all of these skills together into a single strategy or approach to life. People who have improved their competence in these core skills have found that it enriches the satisfaction they gain from their work and from life in general.
Personal development training is not just about a one-off course. Improving one’s personal development skills is a life-long learning process that involves practice, repetition and making the most of the learning opportunities one identifies in a variety of situations encountered. The role of a comprehensive personal development skills course is to give the participant the inspiration and encouragement they need to carry on the process of learning and developing on a continuing basis.
Personal Development Training Courses
Personal development training starts with a clear statement of the objectives of the training, an acceptance of these objectives on the part of all participants and an agreement from each of the individual participants of the personal goals that they wish to achieve.
In terms of training methodology, although a personal development course will inevitably involve being taught new ideas and information, the key format for learning will be the opportunity for participants to practice and refine the core skills referred to above. Therefore, the emphasis will be on practical learning, rather than just receiving theoretical instruction.
At the end of the training course, participants will move forward with an individual set of goals that they will now be working towards. It is important that these goals should be set within the context of a review process so that momentum is maintained.
Many participants who have completed a personal development training course have found that the ongoing support of a mentor has helped consolidate their learning. The ideal mentor should be someone with proven competency in this field but, in the case of those who participate in a workplace context, they should not have a direct line-management relationship with the student.
Personal development training is appropriate for individuals from all backgrounds and all levels of ability. The key requirement for being able to participate successfully, however, is a willingness on the part of the student to learn and to change.