Keeping you ahead of the curve. One workshop, 2 days, 7 essential soft skills.


24th February 2020 NHS Professional Support and Wellbeing Unit with doctors returning to work


2nd Mary 2020 with undergraduates University College Birmingham

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What is it?

The Advantage – 7 Skills for the Future is a two-day experiential learning workshop which raises immediate awareness of the skills of adaptability, empathy, critical thinking, integrity, being proactive, optimism and resilience. These are the skills that underpin everything else in terms of effectiveness and impact.

It can be delivered by skill in shorter modules or in one-day formats.

How does it work?

Experiential learning are real-life experiences conducted with effective debrief and reflection. They are high-impact because the learning focuses on the individual and group in the moment.

How is it different?

Most off-the-shelf training (role-plays, discussions, techniques etc.) is ineffective because participants don’t retain the learning and are unable to apply it in their day-to-day work. The Advantage 7 Skills is a proven concept that works every time because the facilitator works with real issues emerging from the workshop. The Advantage 7 Skills accelerates learning, provides a safe environment to take risks and take on challenges, bridges the gap between theory and practice, produces demonstrable mindset changes, increases engagement levels, enables personalized learning and delivers exceptional return on investment. The Advantage 7 Skills is a simple and highly effective model that can be rolled out widely without a compromise on quality.

Case Studies


We are delighted to work with:

  • corporate lawyers (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, Ashurst LLP, Clifford Chance LLP)
  • senior managers (Nestle India and Bangladesh and Starbucks Hungary)
  • software project managers (Service Now)
  • university undergraduates (University College Birmingham, University of the Arts, London)
  • young people not in education or training (NEET) – Pupil Referral Units in Shropshire, Swansea and Wandsworth
  • open workshops (held in London and Guildford).

It works with such diverse groups because the facilitator works only with what emerges from that group during that particular session. Simple, incredibly powerful and always personal.


Welsh Education Authority Pupil Referral Unit

In May 2017 we granted a special license to 3 teachers and 2 behavioural specialists to run The Advantage 7 Skills workshops with young people in the largest pupil referral unit in the UK. Emma Sue trained the five practitioners who went through the two-day  workshop themselves interwoven with training on delivering it to disengaged young people. The overall aim of this partnership is that these workshops will be run as part of a wider long-term educational strategy in Wales to reach young people both in and out of school including introducing it into mainstream education.


“Thank you so much. I feel that over the three days of became a stronger person. I really enjoyed learning more about myself while gathering skills to help empower the young people I work with.”


Cameron McKenna Law Firm

Since 2018 we have been running successful modular workshops with CMS in London, Edinburgh, Bucharest and Warsaw. The sessions are aligned to CMS Modus behaviours and competences. The sessions are run in mixed groups with different disciplines and levels of the organisation as well as with groups of associate lawyers and are firmly embedded within the company’s training objectives. Delegates also receive individual feedback reports and up to 4 optional individual coaching sessions.


“The soft skills I learned today are things I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

“The workshop] was very practical in an easy way – so things that can be implemented in normal life, fairly effortlessly but make a big difference.”


The NHS Trust Professional Support Unit

As part of their support to doctors newly arriving to practice in the UK, the NHS Professional Support Unit arranges regular Advantage 7 Skills workshops devoted to raising awareness of soft skills. The aim is to focus on mindfulness, empathy and resilience, three of the personal attributes that influence and enhance the way we communicate and relate to other people. These skills play a key role for any doctor’s career prospects,  job performance, wellbeing and quality of life. We also run sessions with doctors returning to work after a break in clinical practice.


“The interactive approach in all three sessions was very well thought through, and I enjoyed being a part of it.”

“I particularly enjoyed the mindfulness session. I enjoyed the interaction.”

What participants say


  • Excellent use of diverse materials, activities, visuals, props and variety of delivery methods. Very stimulating, fun and enjoyable.

  • I enjoyed learning new strategies that will help me both personally and professionally. I enjoyed all the challenges that were set.

  • The sessions are a great way of starting to think about your approach in certain situations - they really raise your self-awareness.

  • I would definitely recommend this training to others. I would honestly say it was the best and most powerful training i have ever attended... Many of the ideas I will use daily, both personally and professionally.

  • I enjoyed how practical the training was and its the most involved I've got on training.

  • Thank you so much. I feel that over the three days of became a stronger person. I really enjoyed learning more about myself while gathering skills to help empower the young people which I work with.

  • "I was able to identifywith many exercises so it was helpful to then apply them within the context of my working environment."

  • "I didn't realise it would be so interactive, which was good, hearing and sharing experiences with likeminded people, and each concept broken down into bite-sized chunks."

  • "This [workshop] identifies the experiences and different pressures or emotions a DPM might go through and how this could be improved through small adjustments. I would recommend it."

  • "The workshop was incredibly useful in highlighting my own behaviours and the follow up coaching has really helped me become aware of a number of aspects of my personality and work habits. It’s been an insightful and interesting journey from start to finish and the lessons will stay with me for life."

  • "Thank you for this and all your assistance to date. It’s been incredibly insightful and interesting and the experience and lessons will stay with me. I’ve subscribed to the podcast and look forward to reading the book as well."

  • "Thank you very much for making me believe in myself I am so practicing the 7 skills everyday. However still falling short sometimes. Thank you I feel really honoured and lucky to have meet both you and Alison."

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