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7 basic skills for personal effectiveness

Personal effectiveness depends on a range of different factors, from the experiences you’ve had so far to the talents that you have developed and the knowledge that you have acquired. Being more effective can help you to get closer to your goals in life and may help you to identify ways to achieve those goals that are smarter and more efficient. You can develop personal effectiveness by nurturing 7 basic skills.


  1. Focus


Being able to focus single-mindedly on your goals can be crucial to ensuring that you don’t get distracted from achieving them. This may require a combination of developing more self-discipline and also learning when you need to take a break and start afresh tomorrow.


  1. Resilience


Knock backs and rejections are something that happen to everyone but if they throw you off course every time then you will find it hard to be effective. Resilience means developing a kinder mindset that allows you to keep moving forward even if you make a mistake or something doesn’t go your way. Combined with persistence, developing resilience will ensure that you’re able to overcome obstacles and keep getting closer to your goals, no matter what happens.


  1. Self-confidence


Being confident in who you are starts with understanding what you’re capable of and what you want in life and recognising where your strengths lie. You can demonstrate self-confidence in the way that you walk, speak, stand and present yourself to others in terms of your appearance. It’s important that this comes from a genuine sense of being comfortable and happy with who you are and what you can do, so do the internal work first.


  1. Coping skills3


Particularly if you’re ambitious, stress is going to be a part of every day life. Stress can be created by anything, from deadlines to the attitudes of those around you. Developing the skills to cope with stress may require a combination of improving communication skills, learning how to find alternative solutions and using tools such as meditation or yoga to help you wind down and relax when you need to. The more you’re able to switch off from stress the less it will slow you down.


  1. Thinking outside the box


Problem solving is an essential skill to have for anyone who aspires to be more effective. It can help you to identify solutions to obstacles and challenging problems, as well as more efficient and effective routes to your ultimate goals.


  1. Being able to generate original ideas


If you know how to find your way to an original idea you will be able to reach your goals more easily and also establish yourself as a valuable resource to partners or employers. There are lots of tools to use to develop this, such as mind maps that help you to visualise, analyse and develop ideas to help generate new ones.


  1. Nurturing creativity


Creativity is something we all have but some are better at using than others. It’s this skill that will give you access to big ideas as well as shorter pathways to end goals – and innovative approaches that can make more impact. Nurturing creativity is an essential skill if you want to be more effective.


There are lots of different ways to improve personal effectiveness – these 7 key skills are a good place to start.


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What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.