The Advantage 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.
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.
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 is a proven concept that works every time because the facilitator works with real issues emerging from the workshop. The Advantage 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 is a simple model that can be rolled out widely without a compromise on quality.
The Advantage is currently being run with a number of different target groups in the UK, Hungary and India, ranging from senior managers (Nestle and Starbucks) to people returning to employment (Affinity Sutton Housing Association) and young people not in education or training (NEET) to open workshops (held at Southbank Centre London). 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.
In May 2017 we granted a special license to 3 teachers and 2 behavioural specialists to run The Advantage with young people in the largest pupil referral unit in the UK. Emma Sue trained the five practitioners who went through the two-day Advantage workshop themselves interwoven with training on delivering it to disengaged young people. The overall aim of this new partnership is that The Advantage 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 in which I work with.”
In May this year we ran a very successful pilot workshop with Cameron McKenna law firm in central London. Throughout the session the group were engaged and a delight to work with. Corporate lawyers work incredibly long hours and although they do receive lots of training, this may have been their first experience of focusing on their own self-awareness. All participants reported that they found the day extremely useful and Emma Sue felt privileged to work with this wonderful group. The Unimenta team are delighted with these results and we will continue to run workshops on a regular basis at Cameron McKenna.
“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.”
As part of their support to doctors newly arriving to practice in the UK, the PSU arranged an Advantage workshop devoted to raising awareness of soft skills. The aim was 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. Unimenta were delighted to run the pilot workshops with follow-up workshops scheduled for Autumn 2018 and beyond.
“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.”
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.
It was excellent and really valuable to me.
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. I feel that many of the ideas I will use daily both personally and professionally. Since attending the training I feel that I have found a new inside strengh. I am going to make a conscious effort to push myself where possible out of my comfort zone. I feel that this training without doubt will help the young people that I work with. I hope that as I can do this training justice as we start our new adventure of passing on your skills.
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."
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