Skillcentre goes north

Over 100 people recently attended a SkillCentre on 'Negotiation for Personal and Business Success' in Edinburgh on the 12th of February. The presenter was Malcolm Smith, an expert in the field of negotiation. Andrew Rae reports.

The YPG SkillCentres are aimed at increasing awareness and providing training in soft skills, an area often neglected in the technical world.

Having read about the success of the SkillCentres held in London over the past few years, the YPG representative for the Edinburgh BCS Branch, Andrew Rae, thought that there must be demand for such events further north and on a mild February evening was proved right.

Edinburgh skillcentre crowd shot The evening started with a chance for the attendees to arrive, unwind, and network with champagne and canapés. Following this and a short introductory speech by Andrew, Malcolm Smith proceeded to give his presentation.

His talk lasted about 90 minutes during which he distilled his knowledge on negotiation into rules, tips, scenarios and ,possibly most importantly, examples of 'what not to do', interspersed with some anecdotes to illustrate his points and then he took questions from the audience. Following on from this was a further chance to network and speak with Malcolm directly.

The evening was a resounding success with the post-event feedback full of comments such as 'It has saved me money already!' and 'More, more, more... Please!' Buoyed by this result a future event is already in the early stages of planning.

In keeping with BCS's remit to educate the public, and also as the catchment area for Edinburgh is considerably smaller than that of London, the event was publicised to many non-BCS areas and had a sizeable percentage of non-members, many of whom have since asked to be kept aware of future local BCS events and have even suggested future topics.

Edinburgh skillcentre, questions The event, whilst flying under the YPG banner, was also careful not to be ageist, especially as the topic was relevant to everyone, and ended up with a good percentage of attendees who would not normally be eligible for YPG membership.

All in all the event went very smoothly and successfully for the first SkillCentre to be held outside London and the organisers would like to thank everyone who made it a success. They would also like to thank all those that took the time to fill in the feedback form and will help to make the next event even better.

16 April 2007