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Key Skills Lecture Series – autumn 2015

It is important to continue to fine tune your business and employability skills throughout your career. The LSBU Alumni Association's Key Skills Lecture series is designed to help you improve your skill set and develop the attributes to make you more likely to gain employment and be successful in your chosen occupation. You may also use the knowledge you will gain in these workshops as transferable skills which can be used in other areas of your life.

These lectures are presented by recognised professionals with years of experience and are free for LSBU Alumni Association members to attend. The autumn 2015 series is themed around emotional management and we will award you a Certificate of Attendance if you come to all three sessions, which can be included on your CV as evidence of training and professional development.

To book your place onto any or all of these lectures, please follow the links to book online or contact the Alumni Office on or 020 7815 6712 to register your name.

Developing Your Resilience

Speaker: Damian Piper, Coach and Leadership Development Facilitator at Effective Challenge, LSBU alumnus (MSc Business Administration, class of 2005)

We all face challenges in the pursuit of our goals. Fear, self-doubt and lack of confidence can stop us from achieving our true potential. But the key to achieving professional and personal success lies in understanding how to be resilient when faced with setbacks.

In this session, you will learn how to develop resilience and a mind-set that improves performance in a sustainable way. Damian will give examples of how mental strength can play a key role in achieving one’s goals and discuss frameworks to develop your resilience.

Date: Thursday 24th September 2015
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Nelson Haden Lecture Theatre, Faraday Wing

Book your free place online

Breaking Bad Habits

Speaker: Helen Raphael, Addiction Therapist at HABITS, LSBU alumna (MSc Addiction Psychology & Counselling, class of 2008)

“Your net worth to the world is determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”  – Benjamin Franklin, American inventor and Politician

We are all creatures of habit, though many do not realise the power we have to choose which habits govern us. Bad habits such as being late or procrastinating develop over time and could hinder our careers. 

In this session, you will learn how to identify your bad habits and why they may be detrimental to success. Helen will also empower you to break free from negative behaviours and outline strategies to overcome them to enhance your career and wellbeing.

Date: Wednesday 28th October 2015
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Nelson Haden Lecture Theatre, Faraday Wing

Book your free place online

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

Speaker: Dr Helen A Deane, Director-Principal at HD Training & Consultants Ltd, LSBU alumna (Business Studies, class of 1989)

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage our emotions, as well as those around us. It enables us to enhance relationships, expand networks and inspire others. In today’s workplace, it has become a highly important factor for success, influencing leadership, productivity and team collaboration.

Dr Helen A Deane is a training consultant and qualified teacher with 20 years’ experience in leadership development, management and diversity. This workshop will help you to understand how emotion affects relationships and work performance. You will also learn to control your emotions, identify insights into what is driving a particular situation and adapt your behaviour to gain the most beneficial outcome.

Date: Thursday 26th November 2015
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Events Theatre, Keyworth Centre

Book your free place online


“Assertiveness: the art of saying ‘No’” with Linda Kelly

Assertiveness is a skill regularly referred to in social and communication skills, often confused with aggression. Assertiveness means standing up for your personal rights in a direct, honest way whilst always respecting the feelings of other people. In this video, LSBU lecturer and independent training consultant Linda Kelly explains how to ensure that small problems do not escalate into big ones, as well as addressing the assertiveness agenda in the workplace and everyday life.

“Mastering negotiation skills” with Stefan Kadlubowski

An experienced negotiator who owes his success to his skill in creating mutually beneficial business partnerships, Stefan started his business in 1998 with very little financial support. Through successful business strategies and “negotiating the right deal”, Stefan grew his business into what is now one of the UK's most successful dealer groups.


"Smarter networking" with Dorothea Stuart

Dorothea Stuart is an executive coach and Human Resources & Business consultant with substantial experience in human resources management and employee communications. In this session, Dorothea outlines various techniques on successful business networking, as well as how to make important contacts to create the relationships that will open up opportunities within the world of business and everyday life.