Fresh into the new year, did you manage to achieve all you set out to in 2018 or are there areas you’d like to improve on?

It can be very easy to plod along, from each day to the next, meeting our daily and weekly targets or to-do lists, without giving much thought about how we could have enhanced a project. And we probably give even less thought to how we can develop our own personal skills. But not only would this benefit you individually, your company would also reap the rewards.

Research by Dropbox and The School of Life found that nearly two thirds (64%) of workers in the UK feel ‘out of our depth’ in their roles. What’s more, one in five employees feel they never work up to their potential, as Ladders reports.

It might be surprising that so many workers will freely admit that they don’t meet their capabilities but, with employee disengagement so high, perhaps it isn’t such a surprise after all. As CIPD discusses, the latest data from Gallup revealed that only a tenth (11%) of employees in the UK feel engaged at work.

To get re-engaged and boost your career, now is the perfect time to start thinking about training and development opportunities to get involved with in the new year. Not sure where to begin? We recommend the following will help you stay at the top of your game:

Public speaking skills

Whether you’re going to be speaking at events, are part of a sales team, or simply lack the confidence to speak up in meetings, public speaking skills development can benefit a range of people.

As The Balance highlights, public speaking skills can include learning clear articulation, how to control performance anxiety, and working on an engaging presentation style. Ladders also notes the importance of making more eye contact, practising positive facial expressions, and learning how to stand up for your ideas.

A lot of the time, these skills simply require people to build up their self-confidence. Once you’ve done that, you’ll feel fully prepared to tackle that next pitch — and you could set yourself up for a promotion.

Networking skills

You never know when your network can come in handy. Although LinkedIn has made it easier to connect with like-minded professionals, nothing can beat networking in person.

While a lot of the public speaking skills can come into play at networking events, it helps to focus on this area in particular. Here at Chapman Consulting, we understand how important networking has become when it comes to business growth, and our ‘How to Network’ training can help you get the most out of all business development opportunities.

Team management

As Designing Buildings notes, the people, the project manager, and the team are the key to a project’s success. But a team is only as good as its leader.

Managers set the tone for the rest of the workers, and it would be wrong to underestimate their influence. Construction Business Owner explains: “The leader creates the climate. If an apathetic message is conveyed, the employee will respond in kind. Team members follow in direct correspondence with what they see and feel from leadership.”

Developing your team management skills will help you to ensure your team feel motivated and engaged, and ensures you know how to get every member working to their full capabilities.

Find a coach

So you’ve decided that you want to make 2018 the year that you focus on developing your skills, but what next?

The best way to ensure you get the training and development that you need to succeed is to find a coach. Enlisting someone else’s help will ensure that you stay on track for meeting your new career goals, instead of letting it become another failed resolution.

At Chapman Consulting, we offer Training Needs Analysis, skills training, and coaching, capitalising on our extensive experience and team of experts to help deliver development to individuals and teams. Give us a call today to find out more.

Sources:

https://dropboxbusinessblog.co.uk/two-thirds-britons-struggling-work-teamwork-difficulties-arise/

https://www.theladders.com/p/30863/survey-vast-majority-of-employees-say-they-never-work-up-to-their-potential

http://www2.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2017/10/18/just-one-in-10-brits-feel-engaged-at-work-says-gallup.aspx

https://www.thebalance.com/public-speaking-skills-with-examples-2059697

https://www.theladders.com/p/30199/7-most-important-soft-skills-to-develop-for-2018

https://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/Team_management_for_building_design_and_construction_projects

http://www.constructionbusinessowner.com/management/workforce-management/4-ways-combat-lukewarm-leadership