An increasingly common question this quarter has been ‘What else are you working on right now?’. Although it reminds me a bit of the time when The Beatles went and auditioned and the producer said ‘What else do you do?’, it’s a good question and it’s great that people are interested. I’m very lucky in having lots of variety to my job, so I’ve opened the diary at random to help give an idea of what goes on in a week in the life…
Monday 9th Feb Today was a rare luxury, a ‘desk day’, writing speakers’ briefs for a Self-Directed Support (SDS) event I’m helping to organise for March.
Tuesday 10th Feb Facilitating a staff and board away day for a small national organisation. They are keen to be able to tell their story in more focused, creative ways. My job is to help facilitate the process, clarify their thinking, and then produce an attractive, visual strategy summary. A lively, positive day.
Wednesday 11th Feb The day begins with an email to clarify the questions I’ll be using in an evaluation next week. Then a short phone call to the artist who is acting as graphic facilitator at the SDS event in March, before heading out to a board meeting, this time as a trustee. Unusually, I’ve got an evening workshop to run, so after the meeting it’s into the car for a 90 minute drive to the Borders, where I’m delivering a workshop on outcome-based planning as part of the local Community Learning and Development Strategy.
Thursday 12th Feb An early start after last night, 9am in East Renfrewshire, where I’m working with a council project to get people more involved in physical activity. They have been using a tool I developed to assess their project’s sustainability, so it’s great to get their feedback on how helpful they have found it. From there it’s a short dash to a meeting with a University of Glasgow project where we’re taking an outcome-focused approach to workforce development. I’m always early, so there’s time for a cup of tea first, which helps! The team are brilliant at making use of external expertise – they always know what they need help with, and are usually open to new ways of looking at things. Time well spent.
Friday 13th Feb Edinburgh today, delivering my Relationship Marketing workshop. Today’s audience is the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a cohort of 18 fantastically creative social enterprises. They’re very receptive to the workshops ideas, and appreciate being given time and space to think about how to develop their businesses. There’s a real buzz in the room, hopefully not just because it’s Friday, it’s sunny, and we’re ready for the weekend!