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Since 1996, I have been developing and delivering workshops to professionals, leaders and their teams, specific to their needs and budgets to achieve better business results.
Our 60 minute webinars are designed to give you the edge in your career and keep you ahead of the competition
At Skill Junction, we know that sometimes you want specialised attention to get you super-quick results to your most pressing problems. I offer both coaching packages as well as specialised VIP Consulting days.
If you are looking for a speaker to get the room engaged, focused and having fun while learning, you may want to check out what I have to offer as a speaker.
Organisations have always taken the leading role in advising and rolling out training for their staff. While this still holds largely true today, the trend is fast changing where individuals are taking on the responsibility for their own learning.
I believe that "future-proofing" your job is the smart thing to do given the current rate of change both locally and globally. And, quite simply, you can do this through consistently upgrading and learning new skills.
My aim at Skill Junction is simple: through our workshops, webinars, coaching and speaking, we want to change the world and make it a better place, one conversation at a time.
Join us as we transform lives.
See you at the top!
A needs analysis provides valuable insight into the current challenges and how these are being addressed. The correct learning solution can then be delivered with greater effectiveness and buy-in from learners and their managers.
Sad Fact: most individuals and organisations do NOT know what they really want from a workshop until they complete a needs analysis
Sad Fact No. 2: over 80% of any negativity or resistance experienced initially in a workshop is due to staff not being properly briefed about or understanding the need for their attending the training
Depending on the type of solution a customer has purchased, customisation allows Skill Junction to develop a meaningful workshop that hits the pain points quickly and solves problems at a very personal and organisation-specific level. We have 3 levels of customisation to suit client budgets and needs.
Sad Fact: many organisations use training as an opportunity to "fix" their employees rather than directly addressing behaviours and challenges facing the organisation, undermining training effectiveness and the learner's experience
My personal experience of teaching adults is that they love to experience their learning whilst engaging with others in a safe yet stretching environment. Stories, case studies and chances to apply their learning by far create the most memorable learning experiences.
Happy Fact: when people enjoy what they are learning, they are far more likely to apply it back in the workplace. They are also more likely to tell others about the positive experience, thereby encouraging large-scale change to occur.
Because we do a needs analysis upfront, we can measure and interrogate the feedback and input we get following the workshop. We measure learning effectiveness at 3 different levels to identify training effectiveness and future training needs. This allows for a greater opportunity to show return on investment for our clients.
Sad Fact: many organisations and managers do not measure their learning initiatives or provide follow-up support for learners which means training becomes an expensive yet pointless exercise
Training is estimated to be a $9 Billion dollar industry in Australia and yet the statistics show us that only 10% of learning is retained. That's a loooot of money wasted I'm sure you'd agree!
To create learning that "sticks" is not easy.
In fact, one of the most common pieces of feedback I receive once someone has been on one of my courses is:
"Kerry, when I first heard I was booked onto training, I was pretty bummed out because most training misses the mark, is boring and wastes my time. But I am SO GLAD I came! You have shown me that training can be fun, practical and really meaningful."
So, although a lot of training out there is hit and miss, when delivered by an expert who truly understands how learning happens, it can make a HUGE difference to company morale and productivity. It is simple, when you know how.
Having trained over tens of thousands of people over the past 20 years, I have developed 5-Principles which are incorporated into every single learning event run through Skill Junction. It's been the key to my success.
It encompasses both the experiential aspects of learning as well as allows learners to engage with the facilitator, each other as well as the material. This allows the brain to reinforce the new concepts, skills and ideas being taught. And, once practically implemented with review and reflection afterwards, allows for insightful, meaningful and lasting learning to occur
Learners learn best when they feel safe and comfortable enough to share. The facilitator's role is to sensitively create this environment.
Although learners need to feel safe in order to open up to the learning, without stretch and challenge there is a tendency to get bored, complacent. Stretch makes learning interesting and challenging.
Learners enjoy engaging with others and sharing their ideas and stories. Sometimes they may need alone time and at others they may need group time - a good facilitator knows when to apply these.
Learners enjoy the opportunity to apply what they have learnt in a safe environment and get instant feedback
Neuroscience teaches us that we are more likely to absorb and learn when we are in a pleasurable state that allows for stretch (mentioned above). Fun is therefore fundamental to a great learning experience!
I first met Kerry about a year ago while doing a Change Management course where she was the facilitator. I have done quite a lot of these types of courses throughout my career and have to say Kerry is the best facilitator I’ve come across. I went onto have the pleasure of working with Kerry again in another 2 leadership courses and in both courses she was energetic, amazingly engaging and had the rare ability (in my experience) to adjust the course content and format to suit the people in front of her. It was during one of these courses that I approached Kerry about undertaking an Executive Coaching Programme with her. Over a four month period we worked through a customised coaching programme. Kerry took a holistic approach which I really liked – she looks at a person’s whole life not just their work life. Kerry’s genuineness comes through in how she gets to know you and then prepares a programme that suits your individual circumstances. Kerry provided practical tools and action plans on next steps etc which were realistic and achievable. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Kerry and found the coaching programme to be of great benefit.
I have had the pleasure of working with Kerry Anne in her capacity as a leadership development facilitator training our frontline leaders at QGC. Oil & gas can be a tough industry yet Kerry Anne glides through every audience creating high impact and delivering results. Her ability to quickly and authentically establish a relationship with every person in the room allows her to build trust and confidence with her clients, whether they be operational supervisors, or technical engineers.
We have received a lot of great feedback from employees about Kerry Anne personally as a facilitator, many suggesting she is one of the best they have ever experienced.