Busy time at the CIPD L&D Show & a telling off!

We had a fantastic time at the CIPD L&D Show earlier this month.

We caught up with lots of Northgate customers and enjoyed talking to delegates and visitors. The L&D profession is such a great community of people who are vibrant and full of fun, it's always good to catch up with you all.

Many Trainers we spoke to were keen to put more experiential learning into their training programmes because they say their delegates get so much out of Northgate activities. And some Trainers told us they've been using our games in their training programmes for years - good to hear how much value for money our games provide.

For others, the idea of experiential learning games was a new concept and something they had either not known about or not known how to use in their training to date but they were keen to learn more about how to get their delegates putting theory into practice (& without having to do the design work themselves!).

There were two visitors to our stand however who were keen to hear about what we offered but when we used a certain phrase, they were horrified! They sternly reprimanded us for using the term 'soft skills' to describe the type of training we cover. Rightly so, they pointed out that so-called 'soft skills' are in fact the opposite - hard skills which we all need in order to effectively communicate, lead, manage and collaborate with others. They are essential skills and therefore should be called anything but 'soft'!

These two Trainers were so full of fun while at the same time being very serious about training and their roles as Trainers, we felt they epitomised the philosophy of Northgate. Fun activities and games with serious learning. All in all, a great collaborative learning experience.

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