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Spring 2016 Key Skills Lecture Series: Creativity

LSBU Alumni’s popular Key Skills Lecture Series is designed to help you improve your skills set. We focus our lectures on specific competencies that will enhance your employability prospects and help develop the attributes to be a successful entrepreneur. These lectures are presented by expert LSBU graduates with years of experience in their professional fields. Attend all three sessions and you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which can be included on your CV as evidence of training and professional development.

The spring 2016 Key Skills Lecture Series is themed around “creativity.” Creative thinking takes the routine out of 9-5 and, in addition to being a critical leadership quality, teams that demonstrate innovation deliver meaningful results and experience greater job satisfaction.

Build Your Personal Brand

Speaker: Alexis Charles (LSBU alumna, BSc Business Information Technology), Executive Training Consultant at eEtal

Your personal brand is how you appear to the world. It’s making your mark by being your best self. A strong personal brand can impact your professional effectiveness, entrepreneurial spirit and organisation’s mission.

In this session, you will understand what is meant by personal branding and recognise how it affects professional success. You will also explore your unique strengths and identify the features of an action plan for personal brand development.

Date: Thursday 21st April 2016
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Keyworth Centre, LSBU Southwark Campus

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The Power of Maverick Thinking

Speaker: Ian Irving (LSBU alumnus, BA Design, class of 1993), Creative Marketing Strategist at Breed Communications

“Business as usual” no longer exists. If organisations fail to innovate, they risk losing their competitive edge. Unconventional ideas are the source of fresh thinking and the 21st century belongs to those who unleash their creativity.
Ian Irving is recognised as one of the founding leaders of “experiential marketing” and reveals the secrets behind his creative process, which has delivered ground-breaking campaigns for global brands such H&M, Tesco and Levi's. 

Date: Thursday 26th May 2016
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Keyworth Centre, LSBU Southwark Campus

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"Eureka!" in 4 Simple Steps

Speaker: Zoe Robson (LSBU alumna: MSc Design and Enterprise, class of 2010), Digital and Innovation Lead UK and Europe at Architas

Much of the innovation we see around us appears to be a happy accident, a “eureka” moment that comes to the lucky few.  However “luck” is the label of the onlooker. 

In fact, innovation can be broken into 4 simple steps: Identification, Insight, Ideation and Impact. Understand these, follow them rigorously, apply them to every challenge and see your ideas take revolutionary steps forward.

Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Keyworth Centre, LSBU Southwark Campus

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Previous Key Skills Videos

“Breaking Bad Habits” with Helen Raphael

Bad habits such as being late or procrastinating develop over time and could hinder our work or study. LSBU alumna and Addiction Therapist, Helen Raphael, outlines how to identify bad habits, break free from them and implement positive strategies to enhance career and wellbeing.

“Developing Your Resilience” with Damian Piper

We all face challenges in the pursuit of our goals, but the key to success lies in our resilience to life's setbacks. LSBU alumnus and Leadership Coach, Damian Piper, presents his model on how to improve performance by developing a strong mindset.


"Introduction to Emotional Intelligence" with Dr. Helen Deane

Emotional intelligence is about how people and organisations function, enabling us to enhance relationships and inspire others. LSBU alumna and Training Consultant, Dr Helen Deane, explains how effective emotional management can boost leadership, teamwork and management skills.


“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. LSBU lecturer and independent Training Consultant, Linda Kelly, addresses the assertiveness agenda in the workplace and everyday life.


“Mastering Negotiation Skills” with Stefan Kadlubowski

An experienced negotiator, Stefan owes his success to his skill in creating mutually-beneficial partnerships. He 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. Dorothea outlines various techniques of networking that create successful business opportunities.