Athena Training and Consulting’s partners offer multitude of soft skills training programs that support organizations and their employees personal and professional development. Below is a list of some of our specialty programs.

Art and Creativity for Business

Creativity and Innovation are named to be the key skills that are necessary to be successful in the 21st century. We live in a fast paced world and change is happening all the time. Creativity is not just a tool, but the very foundation needed for achieving our goals. Arts-Based learning hands-on workshops encourage cooperation, creative thinking, and long lasting, experimental learning. Address stress management, deepen your group’s connection, increase innovation skills and re-ignite motivation among team members.

Being in the Moment – Mindfulness

What it would be like to be calm, centered and focused, despite what is happening on the outside? Isn’t this an essential tool for leaders, change agents and forward thinkers? Like the invention of the computer, would it help us do almost everything better? As you learn to be more in the moment you will still take action, manage situations and people, plan, anticipate reactions, innovate and lead. Don’t worry; things will go on as before — yet all these management activities become easier, less stressful and even more enjoyable when you are in the moment. You will also find that you are more creative and constructive in all of your activities.

Brain Gym

A tool that clears physical, mental, and emotional stress and positively shifts attitudes and behaviours. It consists of a set of movements, learning processes, training programs, and resource materials that support learning, living and leadership, in all aspects of life.

Business and Social Etiquette for Professionals

To provide you with that business winning edge, this Athena Alliance partner specializes in the design and delivery of practical and interactive Business & Social Etiquette Seminars that re-focus skills, behaviour and knowledge leading to greater confidence and effectiveness in all business related social interactions.

Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion are values that are vital to most organizations. However, creating a culture of Diversity and Inclusion takes time, understanding and learning. Recent research suggests that the inability for organizations to capitalize on creating a diverse workforce will lead to poor business results and difficultly attracting and retaining high performers. For that reason, many organizations want to focus on Diversity but do not know where to begin. This half-day course focuses on the knowledge and skills required by all individuals to build a Diverse and Inclusive workplace.

Facilitating with Ease

Whether you’re new to facilitation or have years of experience under your belt, this workshop provides a unique opportunity to enhance your mastery of any group situation. Experience a dynamic and totally interactive learning environment.

Improve Your Memory

Being on top of your game requires easy access to important facts, figures and information in many situations.  Over-reliance on technology can lead to your memory skills being under-utilized.   Would it be useful for you to improve your memory of names, numbers and essential information?   This course provides delegates with an understanding of the natural processes of the brain and tools to help retain information.  Delegates will learn how to continue to develop their ability to learn and memorize.

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping® is a powerful visual tool that stimulates your ability to think both creatively and logically.  Mind Mapping works by first focusing on the central idea, issue or topic and then branching out to add details including inspiration, facts and thoughts.  Mind Mapping has been applied to many high-level topics such as strategic planning, engineering projects and facilitating board meetings.  The technique can be used individually or with groups of any size.  The uses for Mind Mapping are almost unlimited and include: planning, brainstorming, taking notes, gathering ideas and studying.

Project Management

Our project management programs focus on dynamics. We utilize a combination of lecturettes, case studies, activities and experiences and provide project manager participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to get better results. We work with experienced and new project managers in groups of 5-25. Programs range in duration from ½ to 3 days and are tailored to specific needs of each group and organization. Call us today to schedule an in-depth needs assessment.

Tech & Digital Skills Training

This Athena Alliance partner offers relaxed and informative hands-on workshops for adults who want to learn practical tech skills. Their signature style of fun and friendly training sessions led by engaging tech experts have caught on across Canada.

Sample list of most popular training topics:

  • Google Analytics
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Make Your Own Podcast
  • Build Your Business with Content Marketing
  • Basic & Advanced Social Media
  • Creating and Maintaining a WordPress Website
  • Online Marketing with Google AdWords
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign)
  • Creating Accessible PDF Documents
  • Email Marketing with MailChimp

Unconscious Bias – If you have a Heartbeat, you have a Bias!

Unconscious bias affects all areas of our lives. Without realizing it, we make quick judgements and assessments about people and situations on a daily basis. Research has shown that the beliefs and values we have gained from our own culture, upbringing and experiences heavily influence how we evaluate others. Our thought patterns and assumptions have built up over time and have helped us to process information quickly and efficiently. But what if our biases get in the way of our ability to have a high performance team in the workplace? What if we make assumptions that result in poor customer engagement? In the business world, biases can result in costly mistakes and missed opportunities.

After attending this half day session on “Unconscious Bias” participants will be able to:

  • Recognize different forms of unconscious bias
  • Identify patterns that exist in the way we evaluate others
  • Understand how unconscious bias affects decision-making in recruitment, people development, performance management, leadership and marketing
  • Discuss practical ways to challenge our own bias, change habitual thinking and build inclusive teams