Courses being run by Women In Technology

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Upcoming Training Courses – September to November 2009

Putting your Strengths to Work

Date: Friday 25th September 2009

Time: 10am to 4pm

Address: womenintechnology offices, 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH

Cost: £150 + VAT

Do you want to discover your strengths and find ways to put them to work for success at work? It is a fact that 8/10 people feel miscast in their roles and ONLY 20% feel they are able to do their best work everyday, despite the best efforts of companies and HR Teams - are you one of these people? Or, are you simply in a job that you enjoy but know that you could love it, if only...! We know that the most successful women are those who understand themselves and their strengths and because of this, they can develop strategies to meet the demands of their daily lives, their careers and their families.

The agenda will be designed to focus on you, your strengths and what you do best and will be highly interactive so you learn from each other and Helen and create an action plan for success in your current role as well as consider potential steps for securing your next role.

Once you have signed up to the workshop, you will be provided with a unique access code via email to complete the online StrengthsFinder assessment and find out what makes out stand out. Once you have completed the online assessment, you simply send your results to Helen (<wbr>uk) to start your journey of discovery.

This experience may change the way you look at yourself and the world around you!


Goal Setting in Times of Uncertainty

Date: Wednesday 7th October 2009

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Address: womenintechnology offices, 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH

Cost: £57 + VAT (£65.55)

This workshop is for both people who are struggling to set goals (life, career, business) in these uncertain times, and people who have clear goals but wonder if they have to adjust them or if they need to be strong and determined. We will also help everyone who is in survival mode and has stopped having goals and dreams (except having a job and paying the mortgage, that is).

We will look at

• WHAT kind of goals can survive uncertain and challenging times and what kind of goals have to be revisited and corrected

• HOW goals can be revisited and re-valued without being too much influenced by the current mood and how goals can be adapted or replaced with something better. We will also cover how set goals make us perceive the situation around us and behave accordingly.

• WHY goals have to be revisited and re-valued even during “normal” times and why goals can actually can hold us back to see new opportunities in times of change.

• WHEN these re-valuations work best and when not to ditch your goals. When determination is only stubbornness and when it is the only way forward. When do I need to change my goal and the correct way of achieving it.

• WHERE you can find help and inspirations of successful goal setting and when “going with the flow” works better.


You will learn about your personal preference and strengths in setting successful goals and get hand-on tools to use in times like these as well when everything works to plan.


Beyond Conflict - What's your conflict colour?

Date: Friday 16th October 2009

Time: 10am to 4pm

Address: womenintechnology offices, 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH

Cost: £275 + VAT (£316.25)

There are ways to “have a nice conflict” conflict that improves interactions and gets results. Understanding how to manage and read the true motives behind conflict can be good for your IT career. Feel in control of your behaviour choices — both when things are going well and during conflict. This workshop will teach you to go beyond surface behaviour to identify the motivation behind behaviour. It becomes easier to accept a person’s actions when you understand what drives you from within.

Prior to attending the workshop you will be asked to fill in the SDI ®, Strength Deployment Inventory. The SDI ® is a powerful conflict management and relationship-building model and tool. In easy to remember vivid colours, you will learn how differences in relating styles represent individual strengths and how these differences might lead to conflict.

Workshop features include:

• Learning to resolve conflict early by understanding personal conflict style and that of others

• Gaining an understanding of your conflict style

• An opportunity to practice and develop your ability to prevent conflicts

• Understanding the dynamics in interpersonal relationships and what happens in conflict situations

• Practising ways of preventing conflict


Positive Politics for Powerful Female Leaders

Date: Thursday 22nd October 2009

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Address: womenintechnology offices, 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH

Cost: £57 + VAT (£65.55)

What do you think of when you hear 'politics'? Machiavellian? Self-Serving? Or 'behind the scenes influencing efforts? Studies reveal that women place greater value on building relationships with people they like (whom they share something in common) over those that will promote their careers (strategic alliances around business issues). They also tend to focus on getting things done rather than on the larger strategic vision. And finally, the research shows that women tend toward perfectionism more than men do. They expect everyone to follow the formal rules, the plan or the official path to getting work done rather than the informal, blinding them to others’ agendas. These are our blind spots when it comes to being ‘politically savvy’.

During this training session you will learn 'The Rules of the Game' and how to be positively political to enhance their career development and satisfaction.

Rule #1: Like the lottery... you have to play to win

Learn how to ‘re-frame’ the concepts around politics so that you feel comfortable ‘playing the game’

Rule #2: Don’t get upset, get even.

Learn how to defuse any denial or resistance you might experience related to organisational politic

Rule #3 Treat Stakeholders as they would like to be treated

Understand two political power styles and how to flex your style more effectively

Rule #4 Be Yourself, but Be the Best Self You Can Be

Learn how to leverage your natural style to ensure you are ‘heard’ and supported

Rule #5 A Good Idea Alone is not Enough

Learn how to ‘message’ appropriately

Rule #6 Don’t light a candle to place it under a bushel basket.

Learn how to promote yourself and your team with decent boldness

Rule #7 Past Performance Predicts Future Behaviour….For Women!

Learn how to use your track record to tell stories about credibility and trustworthiness.

Rule #8 The world isn’t fair and the sooner you realize this, the better!

Learn how to ‘level the playing field’ by spending time on ‘the right things’ instead of ‘doing things right’.

Rule #9 There are Friends and there are Allies

Build your network strategically.

Rule #10 Only Powerful people Can Effect Powerful Change


Proactively Polishing Your Profile to move Beyond the Boys’ Club

Date: Friday 30th October 2009

Time: 10am to 4.30pm

Address: womenintechnology offices, 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH

Cost: £213 + VAT (This price includes a copy of the book 'Beyond the Boys Club').

The most successful women working in male-dominated fields know that you can't win the game if you're not willing to play the game. These same women understand that the best way to change the game - and make it work for them - is as a key player - not as an outsider. In this evening workshop, Beyond the Boys’ Club author and executive coach, Dr. Suzanne Doyle-Morris will take a interactive approach to look at how career progression, especially in male dominated fields, is a blend of aptitude and attitude, manoeuvrability, understanding office politics, coupled with self awareness and confidence. Women who get ahead are those who make key decision makers aware of their wins. When you work with men you have to learn how to play the game and get comfortable raising your profile the way they do. We need to learn how to play with the boys in order to move beyond the boys club. We should take the best of what they can teach us whilst maintaining a sense of our own integrity, individuality and independence.

This course will help you:

• Develop self-promotion skills to increase professional visibility.

• Identify strategies for career enhancement according to your values and current options.

• Improve ability to influence others and develop effective relationships.

• Increase visibility for achievements in ways that are individually authentic


Style DNA for Women in IT

Date: (TBC)

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Address: womenintechnology offices, 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH

Cost: £57 + VAT (£65.55)

Research has proved that “People do buy from people”. Enhance your career prospects by improving one of your strongest assets: the way you look, dress, hold yourself in the office.

This workshop will offer you a step-by-step guide to:

Making the right impact: communicating gravitas, confidence and reflecting your desired level of professionalism

Building awareness of subtle and subconscious influencing tools: gain understanding of the psychology of colour and how you can use it to complement your influencing objectives

Understanding your own, unique Style DNA: unlocking your personality, identifying your strong points and conveying those to clients, employees and other stakeholders.

This interactive workshop will help you avoid common styling slip-ups and ensure maximum influencing opportunities for you.

You will leave with:

  • An understanding of your own personal Style DNA, and ultimately, your Personal Brand
  • Insight into your own personal colour characteristics and how to utilise colour psychology to influence
  • Tips for successful corporate attire
  • Tricks to facilitate the casual dress dilemma from Business wear to Business Casual wear
  • Confidence in implementing tricks to enable you to create memorable impact with clients and stakeholders

Please bring with you to the session:

  • Your preferred item of office-wear (or the one that you get the most compliments
  • when you wear it)
  • Your favourite accessory (e.g. a scarf, a piece of jewellery, a handbag, pair of shoes,
  • a belt etc.) that you wear to the office


Building a Confident Brand

Date: Wednesday 25th November 2009

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Address: womenintechnology offices, 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH

Cost: £57 + VAT (£65.55)

We all know people who think positively and act confidently even when the cards seem well and truly stacked against them. The individual personalities of these people will vary enormously – some will be quietly spoken and others the life and soul of every occasion. What characteristics do confident people share?

Are you intimated by senior or overly confident people?

Do you find yourself say ‘yes’ when you mean ‘no’?

Do you avoid putting yourself forward and miss out on opportunities?

The session will help you define your personal brand and build confidence in yourself. Tips and hints on how to take deliberate control of your behaviour, thoughts and emotions – your brand! The goal is to show you how this could have a huge impact on your self confidence and your reputation both in and out of work.

What are the workshop objectives?

  • Building a personal image and confident brand
  • Developing a personal brand plan.

Topics to be covered:

  • Why you need a brand
  • Big brand lessons
  • What’s changing for you?
  • Building your image
  • Identifying your brand values
  • Personal brand inventory
  • What makes you different?
  • Confidently marketing yourself
  • Connecting with other
  • CEO of Me Inc
  • Personal brand plan


For further information, contact (07736 807 604)

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