by Alexis Aarons | 03 April 2014
As we make our final preparations to leave for the LGG Weekend School at York University, myself and the legal team are very much looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces there. This is the first Weekend School under the banner of LGG and there are a range of interesting sessions on the schedule covering the current issues in local government.
Following on from the success of the first LGG Annual Conference in Westminster last November we expect this to be a great weekend!
Sellick Partnership's Non-Executive Director. Rob Gee is delivering a breakout session on Saturday 5 April entitled 'If life's a journey why am I standing still?' You can find out more about Rob Gee here - this is a session not to miss and is sure to help you, whatever your current career situation.
The most important part of the Weekend School for me is having the opportunity to have face to face conversations with individuals that I have had telephone and e-mail communication with for weeks or months. We all know the benefits of technological communication, but personally I always pick up the phone before sending an e-mail, and meet face to face whenever possible.
As text messages and social media have become primary means of contact and traveling to meetings is not always feasible or economical, face to face contact becomes less and less common. Making time to meet with clients and candidates is a key element of our role and, for me, the most enjoyable part. Over 90% of how we communicate is through non-verbal cues like gestures and facial expressions so, whenever possible, try to have a face to face conversation - you may be surprised at how much more constructive it can be and how much more trust it can build.
We will have drinks vouchers available for this evening's drinks reception for the first 50 people to visit our stand at the far end of the exhibition hall, so once you have registered come along and say hello!