Yes you are a graduate which means you are bright and talented, but it also means you are in competition with all the other graduates. So how do you stand out in the market place? How do you impress a potential employer or make the impact you want on your bosses, peers and colleagues? It may surprise you to know that when you first meet someone you have less than 40% to make a first impression. So how do you make the right impression, first time, every time. Having worked with lots of organisations and graduates I now believe that the key to effective graduate impact is soft skills training. These days you are not assessed solely on your ability to do the job, employers want and expect so much more. They expect you to be able to connect and communicate with people at all levels. They also expect you to be a Brand Ambassador for the organisation. So your personal presentation and the way you communicate and conduct yourself is key to your career success. Graduate impact is about projecting the image and behaviours that your employer wants to see.
Universities do a great job of educating you, but regardless of how talented you are your graduate impact will be defined by your social intelligence and interpersonal skills. The saying “people buy people” is true, we tend to gravitate towards the people who share the same vision and values as us. In a working environment you need to embrace the vision and values of the organisation. You also need to be able to express your own vision and values, to project what is different about you, how you add value to the organisation and how you stand out from your graduate colleagues and peers.
Graduate Impact Soft Skills Training
I offer graduate impact soft skills training and coaching for individuals or groups. You can train in private or join together with other graduate colleagues. Many companies will be happy to pay for your training, so don’t be afraid to ask and discuss with your line manager as part of your personal development plan. You can opt for a half day, full day or two days of training and coaching. If you train on your own then I can tailor-make the time to meet your specific needs. This means that we can spend more time on subjects you feel uncertain about and less time on subjects you feel more confident about.
Graduate Impact Training and Coaching Content
In a half day we can look at;
- Body language (awareness of your own and other people’s)
- Essential communication
- effortless conversation
- how to make, break and build rapport
- conversing with people you don’t like or, get on with
In a full day we cover all of the above plus:
- Professional Image– all aspects of dress and appearance including a personal style consultation
Day two looks at more advanced communication techniques and what is, and isn’t culturally acceptable in your organisation.
- Formalities of meeting and greeting
- recognising colleagues preferred communication style
- using positive language
- conversational reframing
- Conduct in the workplace
- in the office
- with clients
- in meetings, conference calls etc.
- the right communication channel for the job
- the appropriate use of digital communication in the work place
- Attitude and Behaviour
- controlling your personal state
- managing your emotional triggers
Any or all of these graduate impact topics could be supplemented with a day of Personal Branding. Depending on your specific requirements or the needs of the group I can tailor make the content. For groups over 4 people please call to discuss.