My SKIL2 project moves to the next stage with a meeting tomorrow in Dublin in Depaul Ireland.
I have formed a Depaul SKIL2 Team to help with the whole awareness, communication & buy in process within their organisation.
The Team has members from all levels of the organisation and from projects North and South of Ireland.
I’m going to write a more detailed story about Depaul Ireland in the next week.
Basically, they run innovative projects with very marginalised people … a lot of homeless people … women coming from prison … and people with deep drug and alcohol issues … are the clients of Depaul Ireland.
Depaul has always been prepared to take risks on behalf of their clients and were the first organisation to introduce low threshold, harm reduction & wet shelters to Ireland.
I’ve been priviliged to work with them as a learning & performance consultant for over 7 years. I also delivered training on Effective Written Communication and facilitated a number of project & team development sessions in many of the projects.
I love working with them.
I’ll talk more about Depaul Ireland next week.
They have been brave enough … and insightful enough … to volunteer to be my test organisation for SKIL2.
Setting up the Team is an essential part of SKIL2 success … and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone for 3 hours tomorrow.
Now … all I have to do now is attract some money to pay the bills and get me to Singapore so I can design & build the SKIL2 online space with Marc.
Hmmm … maybe I should have a fundraiser … any (legal) money raising suggestions from readers will be gratefully accepted.
Next week I’ll be working on a few money making ventures:
- developing the marketing and focus for my Blog Site design service. If anyone has ideas on where, who and how to market … email me and let me know
- developing an info sheet on my Effective Written Communication in the Workplace training day
- going to some online sites and looking at potential writing (I love writing reports and copy for maketing … send most people to sleep … I see it as a great exercise in communication)
- Contact old clients and people I have met in organisations and let them know I’m available to do work
These are interesting and challenging times … and I’ve seen my revenue drop by over 60% in the last year … right now it’s zero.
So … time to just focus in and reclarify my service offerings … and let people know about them.
It’s all part of living and I’ll enjoy it.
I won’t be writing again until sometime on the weekend … so I’ll send you good wishes now.
p.s Thanks Mags for looking after Coco while I’m in Dublin. Coco loves staying at Mags with the pack.
p.s.s Breaking News … I took Coco for a walk to the land behind the convent yesterday evening.
Now … she usually runs mad free for a while before running back to check I’m still there.
Never too close to be caught mind you.
Anyway … I had brought along one of the whistles Anne had given me and decided to give it a go.
Thanks again to Anne for the gifts to train Coco … they are very much appreciated.
I had let her run for less than a minute and she was about 50 metres away from me … when I blew the whistle (I can hear it and I think it also is pitched beyond my hearing) … she ran back as if I had turned into a steak!
I tried it about 7 more times … three when she was completely out of sight … and she came running back every time!
Good Coco … she got lots of warm words from me.
I’m thrilled to bits and hope it lasts.
Mags is the Keeper of the Whistle until I get back.
It just occurred to me (I was writing and heard a bird sing outside) that the whistle might sound like a bird to Coco … and she loves birds more than anything in the world.
Happy Coco … Happy Liz