Training

Lucidity runs practical and enjoyable training to help you build your confidence and unlock your creativity and innovation skills to get powerful results.

You can choose either a full day or half day of learning and practical activities for up to 18 people. We also design training workshops and programmes specifically for your needs. For more information or just an informal chat drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.

Innovation and creativity with confidence

You might have a team that doesn’t think they’re creative, or perhaps you have so many ideas you don’t know where to start or simply you’d benefit from a day out of the office to think big picture about how you can work differently to get more powerful results.

Innovation and creativity training provides teams with the confidence to be creative, solve (the right) problems and work as a team to make the good ideas happen. At the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • Belief that they are creative
  • Have an understanding of what innovation means for them
  • Practiced generating lots of ideas
  • Learned how to select the best ideas to develop
  • Confidence to take action and test the best ideas quickly
  • Developed their own environment for creativity and innovation
  • Confidence to go back to their day job and implement what they’ve learned.

For more information on innovation and creativity training and programmes drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.

"We evaluated the reaction to each workshop by measuring inspiration, relevance and likelihood to implement. Lucy’s workshop ‘How to up your innovation impact’ scored “definitely” for 100% of attendees."

Katherine Horsham, Head of Volunteering, National Trust

The power of storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful way of communicating because human beings are wired to learn and remember through story. Story is also a powerful fundraising tool because a story told well connects with the listener, evokes emotion and can inspire them to take action.

Whatever your fundraising role or level, your ability to tell powerful stories with passion and conviction is the secret to engaging and inspiring your supporters, volunteers and colleagues and delivering the most impact for the cause you fundraise for.

This one-day course is designed for any fundraiser of any fundraising discipline who wants to develop meaningful relationships with their supporters, be more confident in their story telling skills and raise more money. It is also helpful for any fundraiser or manager who needs to lead and inspire their colleagues to work together to get powerful results. At the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • A clear understanding of the principles good storytelling and what it means for their role
  • Tactics to craft inspiring and engaging stories for different audiences
  • Confidence by practising telling stories with passion and conviction
  • Tips to find stories every day
  • Practical ways to build a culture of storytelling with colleagues
  • A framework and principles to tell powerful stories
  • Enjoyed themselves and learned from their peers

For more information about the power of storytelling for fundraisers drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.

"I had a meeting with a high level prospect following our training and applied many of the storytelling techniques Lucy gave us and was delighted to secure a pledge for a major gift."

Lisa Torrance, Donor Relations, University of Glasgow

Strategic storytelling for leaders

When it comes to creativity and innovation, the really hard work starts when you try to get others inspired by your ideas.  Whatever your role, whether working with internal teams, managing up or down, pitching to investors or selling to customers your ability to inspire and excite people might be the difference between success and failure. Storytelling is a powerful way of communicating because human beings are wired to learn and remember through story. At the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • Unlocked and practiced telling their personal story
  • A clear understanding of the principles good storytelling and what it means for their role
  • Tactics to craft inspiring and engaging stories for different audiences
  • Confidence by practising telling stories with passion and conviction
  • Tips to find stories every day
  • Practical ways to build a culture of storytelling with their colleagues
  • A framework and principles to tell powerful stories
  • Enjoyed themselves and learned from their peers.

For more information about the power of storytelling for leaders drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.

 

“Many of the team were apprehensive about storytelling. Lucy designed the session to help people feel at ease with lots of support and group work.”

Claire Irving, director of fundraising and marketing, St Catherine's Hospice

How to create a culture that learns from failure

Failure and innovation go hand in hard. Not all your innovations will work first time and some of your ideas will not work at all. Fact. There is a knowing doing gap when it comes to failure. Rationally we know that the learning from failure can be more valuable that learning from success after success. However in reality failure can feel horrible so we shrink away from talking about it and valuable learning is lost.

Organisations that genuinely create an environment where failure is accepted and shared as necessary learning on the way to driving positive change are the ones that are more successful at developing new processes, products and services. That’s not all, the psychological safety that goes with working in an environment where it’s genuinely safe to fail in order to learn motivates employees who stay longer, is good for employee wellbeing and ultimately business success. At the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • An understanding of the value of learning from challenges and failure
  • Experienced the feeling of failure in a safe and supportive environment – and come out unscathed!
  • Strategies to implement the behaviors of learning from failure in their organisation
  • Increased confidence to talk about and learn from failure – and support others to do the same.
  • Tactics to build personal resilience when failure happens
  • Have an enjoyable learning experience and feel connected to colleagues

For more information about the how to create a culture that learns from failure drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.

"Lucy got us thinking about why learning from failure is hard and got us talking about our failures in a way that felt OK. I took away some simple tools to help me learn more from when things don’t work in future"

Kevin Machin, Senior Community and Events Officer, Plan UK

An introduction to influencing skills

Are you struggling to get buy-in for your idea or new business proposition? Does your team need to have influence internally to deliver on projects? Perhaps you need to inspire and engage customers or clients?

People can be reluctant to change. If you do anything that involves implementing anything new or asking people to change in any way the chances are you’ll need to inspire and influence them to get them on board.

This practical workshop offers practical tips and the opportunity to practice different influencing techniques. At the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • An understanding of and how to identify different audience preferences
  • Learned a range of practical tools to inspire and influence
  • Practiced responding to different styles and in different situations
  • Worked together as a team on real situations
  • Have a toolkit of practical actions to take away and implement straight away

For more information about an introduction to influencing skills training drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.

"Lucy ran an informative webinar for our network on innovation. She busted some myths about innovation and creativity, gave us confidence to believe in our creative abilities and practical tools to help us take action. People are now more confident to ask why and challenge the normal ways of doing things"

Marilyn Sheehan, Business Solutions Lead and chair of Royal Mail London Women’s network.

How to network with confidence - because who you know is everything

Who you know is everything. Networks are where you find your next exciting opportunity, your next sponsor and your next customer. Research also shows that the quality of your network impacts on your career and personal development. Who you know can accelerate your career progression, help you get your next job and provide great learning and development opportunities. Good networks also keep you going when things get tough and help you celebrate your successes. Yet many of us dread ‘networking’. In this practical workshop learn tips to build and keep your networks and enjoy doing it.

At the end of this session you will be able to attract more opportunities and tackle any networking event with confidence. We will cover:

  • Tips for preparing to network and following up
  • Conversation techniques to build rapport
  • Basic listening and body language skills that are often overlooked
  • Tips for making a polite exit
  • Practical tips to build your networks both online and face to face
  • Using your network to take charge of your own career development.

For more information about how to network with confidence drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.

"Your practical tips on how to gracefully enter (and exit!) conversations at networking events will be very useful in the coming months."

Networking workshop delegate

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Or just drop us a line at lucy@lucidity.org.uk.