THE MOTIVATION OF CPD (continuous professional development)

THE MOTIVATION OF CPD (continuous professional development)

For the first time in quite a long time I attended a conference this weekend as part of my continuous professional development (CPD) and feel so motivated by it I thought I would share it with you.

What is CPD?

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) continuous professional development (CPD) “is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help you manage your own learning and growth”.

Why do CPD?

As professional trainers, coaches and mangers we should be encouraging everyone we come into contact with to keep their CPD up to date.  Obviously we should also be doing it ourselves!!  The idea is to keep us up to date with developments in our industry, to keep our ‘little grey cells’ working and to ensure that we are motivated and developing ourselves as well as other people.

However, we are like the cobblers children and very often give this great advice and don’t take it up ourselves…guilty as charged here!!  So as I am interested in eating real natural food I attended the inaugural Harcombe Diet conference at the weekend in Birmingham.

Not only was it good for me to be a delegate…which does make you think about some of the things we take for granted as trainers, such as environment, comfort of chairs, how long until a break etc. It was also good for me to see other people present, manage a large group of over 50 people and give people advice about how to break habits and become motivated.  The latter is always good as you see things from a different perspective, get new ideas that you can pass on and generally feel more motivated than when you arrived!  Well I did anyway!!

So I am going to ensure that my CPD activities feature in my diary on a regular basis as I feel invigorated and motivated as I start the working week.  Hope you have a great week as well,

Thanks for your time, Suzanne Unsworth

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