Thoughts on Thursday - Webinar Series

Expert-Led Webinars on key skills.
Needed Now. Practical. Pivotal.

Welcome to the new normal – COVID19 and our response to the crsis is changing our world. Update and refresh your skills with expert-led free weekly webinars.

Choose one or more of these pivotal webinars. Invest 60 minutes each week to sharpen your skills, increase your options and improve your chances of making the most of this challenging time. All from the convenience of your office or your home and at no cost.

A crisis does NOT cause the collapse of a business, it merely exposes ineffective skills and faulty processes previously covered up or ignored. Use this time constructively to ensure you and your business come out of this situation stronger and more able to thrive. 


Which will you choose from the next series of webinars? (Topics requested by previous delegates) 

  • Keeping your team motivated?

  • Inspiring yourself and others?

  • Getting recruitment right?

  • Better negotiation skills?

  • Using speaking to grow your business?

Each is just 45 minutes with 15 minute Q&A. Long enough to provide you with some practical and pivotal ideas needed now. Short enough for you not to lose too much of that precious commodity, time. You can watch one a week and incorporate any changes you want to make in your approach, in your own time.

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These Key Skills Are Needed Now: 


6th August Webinar: 11:00 BST - Keeping Your Team Motivated - even from afar

With working from home set to continue into the foreseeable future one major challenge for each of us as a leader is keeping our teams motivated.

  • How do you keep your team motivated?
  • How do you know what each member of your team needs and wants?
  • How do you to maintain their wellbeing AND be productive?
  • How do re-engage furloughed members of the team?

As a people leader you know just how hard it is to truly understand what is going on for each of your team – in normal times. With all the difficulties that Covid-19 is throwing us, we need new ways of connecting to our teams, new ways to check-in and engage them – which doesn’t, in turn, cause us to burn out.

Join us for this practical and real-life webinar where Kate Turner, Amazon #1 Author of CREATE Motivation, explores her answers to all of these important questions and more.



13th August Webinar: 14:00pm BST - Why aren’t you more like me?

Moving individuals, teams, and organisations from a state of complacency to a place of full employee engagement requires a better understanding of people’s strengths, gifts, talents, and differences.

Ken Keis, Ph.D., is a foremost global authority on personality and behavioural assessment strategies, and an expert in leadership, purpose, and wellness. He has authored over 500 articles, written four books, and invested over 10,000 hours helping others realise their full potential.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Learn the three mandatory leadership skills
  • How to intentionally build credibility and rapport
  • How to inspire yourself and others
  • How to stop feeling offended, and how to act intentionally
  • Determine how to make the right decisions, every time

Led by Ken Keis, Ph.D. and supported by Bob Hayward




20th August Webinar: 11:00am BST - Recruitment 101 #NewNormal

While business may still be challenging now is a great time to hire staff. Why? Because some top people have become available. The challenge is to find the A players, the top 10%, because you will receive 100s of applications for most jobs.

Helen Lawrence, with over 25 years’ experience as a HR Director and Consultant will highlight those essential steps to getting the hiring decision right.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The expense of getting recruitment wrong
  • The impact of poor staff retention
  • The time required to find the right person
  • How clear objective criteria can add the search
  • The use and value of profiling tools
  • The best way to make interviews work

Led by Helen Lawrence and supported by Bob Hayward




27th August 2020 Webinar: 11:00am BST - Negotiation Skills

Negotiating is part of everyday life. There is a high cost of getting the approach wrong. Whether buying a house, some furniture, or negotiating with suppliers or clients – every mistake comes straight of the bottom line, could cripple your finances, or lose you clients.

Not everyone likes negotiating, and few are great at it. Which is a shame. Negotiation is a communication and human relationship skill that is easy to learn and execute well.

Do you:

  • View negotiation as a conflict or a fight to be avoided?
  • Worried the other side has a stronger position or argument?
  • Accept the first offer?
  • Concede ground to get the deal done, without assessing the consequences first?

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • The 10 top mistakes to avoid
  • How to turn most negotiations into a positive experience for all
  • The beauty of asymmetrical variables

Build powerful negotiation skills and become a better salesperson, dealmaker, and leader.

Led by Bob Hayward, author of the Amazon Best Seller Persuade: How to persuade anyone about anything



3rd September 2020 Webinar: 2:00pm (BST) Using Speaking To Grow Your Business

Joel Weldon, one of the most highly respected motivational speakers in America, LIVE on UK Time

Imagine, you just finished communicating with your ideal prospects in a virtual setting, the results far exceeded your highest expectations. How would you feel? You'd feel great. Because you made some improvements in your presentation that got you the results you wanted. That's what you're going to learn how to do.

Using speaking to help you grow your business is a skill that once you learn it positions you as an expert.

Here is what you are going to learn:

  • How to connect to a virtual audience by using TLAs
  • How to create a highly effective introduction that allows you to speak downhill
  • How to open any message by using just three, four-letter words
  • How to close any message with impact and connection without even saying thank you
  • How to know your audience so well that you connect with their NFVs

Jim Hetherton says "I could tell you that Joel has been paid to speak at over 3,000 events and has personally coached and critiqued over 10,000 speakers, both of those facts are absolutely true. but even more important Joel has a unique ability to make the complicated simple and the complex clear. That's why I'm so excited to invite him to share his speaking skills with you so that you too can connect with your audience virtual or in-person and make an even greater impact in spreading your message and growing your business"




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Regular Speakers

Bob Hayward

Bob is the author of three Amazon Best Sellers, Persuade released in 2018;  #Remote Working! released in March 2020 and Fit For Purpose Leadership 6 released in April 2020. He is a Growth Consultant and a Senior Executive Coach. Having started seven businesses, he now loves using his experience and the skills developed along the way to make growth happen for others. His clients include global giants like Unilever and BMW and industry disruptors like Sapphire Balconies.

Jim Hetherton

Jim has over 30 years’ experience as a Keynote Speaker, Trainer, and Coach. While a Principal Consultant with Franklin Covey he led their expansion into the UK, he then went on to lead the expansion of an OnTrack international into the USA. His vast experience of busy, demanding and senior roles makes him an ideal source of inspiration and knowledge.

Richard Lock

Richard is an International Trainer, Speaker, Coach, and Facilitator with over 30 years of people development experience helping leaders achieve business goals and rejuvenate their management approach. He is known for being encouraging and supportive, making learning enjoyable whilst maintaining a clear focus on business goals and practical application.

Walter Blackburn

Walter is a well-respected authority in training and coaching after a 40-year career in the industry. He works with people at all levels helping them to gain greater skills, self-belief, motivation, and direction. His understanding of emotional intelligence in relationship building, influencing skills and leadership have won him clients and respect across the world

Kate Turner

Kate is the founder of Motivational Leadership, with over 20 years’ experience as a leadership development coach and trainer. Kate has experienced first-hand, the cost of leaders who ‘dig deep’ in order to reach their targets. Her command of a range of management and leadership tools enables her to offer her clients helpful frameworks to harness the energy and drive of all the individual members of your team

Guest Speakers

Tom Ziglar - 30th July

Tom Ziglar is the proud son of Zig Ziglar and the CEO of Ziglar, Inc. He joined the Zig Ziglar Corporation in 1987 and climbed from working in the warehouse, to sales, to management, and then on to leadership. Today, he speaks around the world; hosts The Ziglar Show, one of the top-ranked business podcasts; and carries on the Ziglar philosophy: "You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” His mission is to share the Ziglar message with billion-dollar companies, small-business owners, academic institutions and individuals, inspiring a whole new generation of successful professionals and people worldwide. 

Ken Keis - 13th August

Ken Keis, Ph.D. is an expert on leadership, purpose, wellness, and the foremost global authority on personality and behavioural assessments, that increase and multiply your success rate. Ken has co-created CRG's proprietary development models and written over 4 million words of content for 40 business training programs and 500+ articles. He is an expert on assisting individuals, families, teams, and organizations to realize their full potential and to live On Purpose!  An internationally known author, speaker, and consultant, in the past 32 years, Ken has conducted more than 3000 presentations and 10,000 hours of consulting and coaching. Dr. Keis is the author of Why Aren't You More Like Me?, Deliberate Leadership, and The Quest For Purpose!

Joel Weldon - 3rd September 

As a former construction worker who turned down a four-year college scholarship because he thought he wasn't smart enough to go to college, Joel Weldon is living proof of the power of one idea to transform your life! Today he's one of the most highly respected and sought-after motivational speakers in North America and has been an Idea Consultant and Sales Trainer to many of the world's leading organizations and businesses for over three decades. Joel is the only speaker to have earned all four of the highest honours in the speaking profession "for his profound impact on corporate America"

Grant LeBoff - 29th October

Grant Leboff is one of the U.K’s leading Sales and Marketing experts. His fourth book, ‘Digital Selling’, debuted at #1 on the Amazon charts prior to being published in September 2016. Having built a successful direct marketing company, which he started in 2002 and sold in 2008; he is a thought leader in his field. Leboff’s main focus is to address the massive changes that are taking place in a world that is constantly being introduced to new technologies. He continually challenges Sales & Marketing conventions that become accepted wisdom but don’t necessarily deliver results. He is a highly sought-after consultant, a regular contributor to many leading business magazines, newspapers, radio and TV shows, and an international speaker constantly makes presentations at conferences and events all over the world.

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