The 7 best personal development courses to do in 2019

The 7 best personal development courses to do in 2019

Read on if you want to fast-track your business, team and personal success this year

BY Business Chicks, 8 min READ
 

Personal growth and development can often feel like a double-edged sword. While we all want to improve, the constant search to become a better version of ourselves can seem like a never-ending overwhelming cause.

What we do know is with the right skills and knowledge in place you can and will become more confident, fulfilled and empowered at work – and in life. We’ve listed some of our favourite courses and programs, many of which can be delivered straight to your laptop at home.

1. IF YOU WANT TO FAST TRACK YOUR SUCCESS

Communicate to Connect with Catherine Hollyman

Effective communication is one of the key factors to our success in the workplace, yet we often find ourselves suddenly leading a team or needing to convey our ideas to stakeholders with little insight on how to do it in the most influential way.

Enter Catherine Hollyman. She’s a Business Chicks Premium member passionate about helping organisations and individuals to connect more meaningfully with their stakeholders and contribute with more impact.

Catherine has delivered her Communicate to Connect program to countless individuals from large organisations such as Atlassian, as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners, helping them to solidify their personal brand, develop their communication skills and express their leadership presence on a personal and professional level.

If you want to build the skills and knowledge to build your presence as a leader and fulfil your potential to make a positive contribution and lasting impact on your team, customers, peers and network of stakeholders, Catherine will teach you how to communicate with clarity, credibility, compassion and consistency to connect more meaningfully with your different audiences, at every interaction.

The course is available in person (all over Australia) and over Skype, Hangouts, and Zoom.

Behind the Scenes: Communicate to Connect program.

2. IF YOU WANT ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

LEAD by Centre for Leadership Advantage

Yes, we’re a little biased on this one but we think our partners, the Centre for Leadership Advantage, are the best when it comes to developing our leadership skills. LEAD is delivered in two programs, Emerging and Executive, aimed at different levels of female leaders and it can be tailored to unique organisational culture and priorities. These cutting-edge programs have been based not only on best-practice leadership development, but also reflect the specific priorities women shared with us through our research. We also know that women want to learn in a dynamic environment – not a traditional classroom-based training exercise; in short, it’s the leadership program you’ve been waiting your entire career for.

LEAD Executive and Emerging programs: open programs offered in Sydney and Melbourne. 

3. IF YOU WANT TO NAIL YOUR PITCH

Presentation training course with Shelly Horton.

If you have big dreams for your business or product, at some point you’re going to have to step out from behind your desk and into the spotlight. Whether it’s giving a speech, pitching ideas, promoting your business, speaking up at meetings or doing media interviews. This course will show you how to control your nerves, create your key messages and nail every presentation.

Shelly Horton knows a thing or two about presenting. A Business Chicks fave, you may have seen her as MC at 9 To Thrive, hosting Masterclass Online and MC’ing breakfast events.  She also appears a number of times a week on Channel Nine’s Today Show, Today Extra, Weekend Today and the 3pm News, plus of course co-hosting the Married At First Sight spin off show Talking Married on 9Life.

The course is available online to do at your own pace or in-person as an intensive four hour format.

Shellshocked Media: Media Presentation training with Shelly Horton

4. IF YOU WANT TO INFLUENCE OTHERS

Masterclass Online: How to Influence with Impact

No matter what you do for your 9 to 5, your ability to make things happen requires you to influence others effectively – and it’s one of the most important skills you can have in your toolkit. More than ever, we’re faced with the need to do more with less, and to achieve outcomes through and with others. Whether you’re starting out in your career, running your own business, or leading others within a larger organisation, we are regularly challenged to effectively engage with, motivate and inspire others to take action. Join leading organisational psychologist, Dr. Marcele De Sanctis for a Masterclass Online covering off on the science behind how influence works, along with practical tools and tips on how to boost your ability to influence others.

Masterclass Online: How to influence with impact

5. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO CODE (FOR FREE)

DASH online coding course

Coding has become one of them most in-demand skills for the jobs of the future. General Assembly are offering a free online course that teaches you the basics of web development – learn to code websites in html, css and javascript – through projects you can do in your browser.

General Assembly: Dash online coding course 

6. IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE CAREERS

Masterclass Online: How to Pivot in Your Career

It’s that time of year when many of us are thinking about career changes. If this is you and you’re not sure where to start, join us for our upcoming masterclass led by Australia’s top career acceleration strategist and Entrepreneur in Residence at Slingshot Accelerator, Bella Zanesco. She’ll also be joined by Jo Palmer, business owner and CSU Alumni. They’ll cover how they got to where they’re at today and the steps you can take to successfully pivot in your career.

Masterclass Online: How to Pivot in Your Career

7. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN LITERALLY ANYTHING

Udemy

If you have a knowledge gap in business or marketing or want to gain skills in something outside of your 9-5 like photography or design, there are over 10,000 courses available to stream on Udemy. From personal development to parenting (think: Neuroscience for parents: How to raise amazing kids) you’ll be able to upskill, fast. Hot tip: get yourself on their email list, there’s often deals with popular courses starting from $11.99

Udemy: How to destroy overwhelm and double productivity

Image: iStock

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Leigh Sales: ‘Walk towards what you fear, it’s what fills you with growth.’

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