Workshops

Presentations and Keynotes

Neil Fleming, designer of the VARK questionnaire and its support materials, is available to keynote your conference, or seminar or to lead participatory workshops.  He has facilitated his interactive workshops  in North America, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Pacific countries, the UK, Australia and Europe.  The workshops are tailored to your environment.  Recently, his ideas have been used to improve communication in some large prestigious business firms. Some topics for your keynote address or workplace workshops:

  • Communication in Your Workplace.
  • Customer Service Contacts: Improving your reach to markets.
  • Preferences at Work in a learning organization.
  • 55 Strategies for Improved Communication.
  • Learners’ Preferences and Teaching Behaviors.
  • Ten Best-Practice Strategies for Improving Learning.

 

Why not email him now at neil.fleming@vark-learn.com and ask about his availability to keynote your conference, training sessions or workshops. He plans to be in the New York/New England area in August, 2015.

Outline of Two of his Workshop Offerings

Neil’s workshops are noted for their interactivity because he leaves a trail of change and that applies in both business and educational environments. He is willing to design these active workshops to suit your “culture” and your staff. Testimonials to his effectiveness are available from previous clients. The latest client wrote, “Your portion of our leadership retreat received rave reviews, as I expected.”

Communication in the Workplace: Could it be improved through knowing your preferences?

Using the VARK questionnaire as a catalyst for improving communication in a range of different environments – training, HR, customer service, education, sports coaching….

Participants take a brief Questionnaire (VARK – Visual, Aural, Read/write and Kinesthetic) to identify their communication preferences. They get feedback on their preferences and discuss the implications for learning in their own environment. We use groups to examine some VARK Profiles and the preferences for specific business and educational strategies. Participants are challenged to consider strategies within and ‘outside’ their own preferences and to consider methods for use in their workplace.

Outcomes

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • know more about your own and your colleagues’ learning preferences.
  • be able to use VARK confidently with your staff, clients, customers, students…
  • have gathered strategies to cope with the diversity in communication preferences.
  • examine your business through a different lens and adapt processes to effect change..
  • be keen to use your new knowledge with others.

55 Strategies for improved learning

A host of techniques based on learning principles for improving teaching, training, mentoring and learning.

This very interactive workshop provides participants with at least 15 walkaway practical strategies to help learners. They are techniques that work on “Monday morning”. The 55 Strategies that Neil offers, cover a range of different contexts from training and teaching strategies to suggestions for involving learners in reflection and metacognition. There are opportunities for participants to contribute their own ideas to achieve more effective learning. The workshop uses group work in an interesting and engaging way.

Outcomes

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • leave with a number of practical suggestions for change
  • have contributed your own best practice ideas for others..
  • have identified the learning potential in a number of examples from best practice.

PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN FACILITATED IN THESE PLACES:

North America:

(Note: The number in parentheses indicates repeat visits.)

Akron University (2), Albuquerque Institute, Becker College, Broward Community College (4), Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland) (3), Community College of Allegheny County, Cincinnati Community College, Clark University, Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi (2), Emerson College (Boston) (3), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Lewis and Clark University, St Louis, Naugatuck College (Connecticut), Ohio University and its four regional campuses (2), Parker College, Dallas (2), South Western Illinois College (2), Southern Illinois University, St Louis University (2), St Mary’s University, Halifax Nova Scotia, (Canada.) Tallahassee Community College, Tufts University, University of Missouri at Rolla, University of Missouri at St Louis, University of New Orleans, University of Northern Arizona, University of South Florida, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio (2), Webster University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2).

United Kingdom:

Glasgow University, Heriot-Watt University, Strathclyde University, Leeds Metropolitan University (2), Leeds University (2), Portsmouth University, University of Dundee (2), University of Southampton, Neath-Port Talbot College – Wales, Oxford Brookes University (2), West Suffolk College, National College of Ireland – Dublin Eire.

India

Dehradun High School, DPS RK Param, New Delhi, Surat High School, Surat, International High School, Calcutta, Sanskriti School, Guwhaiti, Assam, Patiala High School, Patiala.

Caribbean

The University of West Indies (Barbados Campus) (2), The University of West Indies (Kingston Campus), The University of West Indies (Trinidad-Tobago Campus) (2).

Other International Workshops

He has also presented active workshops in Izmir (Turkey), Feldkirch (Austria), the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) and at the City University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic in Hong Kong.  With his colleague, Pamela Alean-Kirkpatrick, Neil has presented workshops in Zurich, Switzerland.

WORKSHOPS ON USING A LEARNING PREFERENCES APPROACH IN SPORT

(Some examples.) Australian Institute of Sport, Olympic Development Squad, SportsCoach UK (UK Government-funded body for coaching in all sports), All Blacks (NZ Rugby), Australian Cricket, NZ Super15 Rugby Teams, NZ Rowing, NZ Bowls, Wallabies (Australian National Rugby Squad), Australian Cricket (National Coaching Organization), NSW Cricket, South Australian Institute of Sport (State-funded coaching organization), Academy of Sport, NZ (Government-funded National Coaching organization), Collingwood Australian Football League team, Melbourne Australia, Victorian Institute of Sport.


Organizing a Workshop

Neil plans to be in the New York/New England area in August 2015.  If you are interested in a workshop at your workplace, educational institution, college or university, contact Neil at:

Neil Fleming
50 Idris Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone (+64) (3) 351-7798
Email: neil.fleming@vark-learn.com
Web page: http://www.vark-learn.com