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Parallax Development Berkeley Cottage
Iron Acton
Bristol UK
BS37 9XY

+44 (0)1454 227385
+44 (0)7973 313824

Contact Erica Hurley on 01454 227385


As well as this extensive range of programmes, we specialise in bespoke training events, developing organisational vision, mission and strategy, meeting facilitation, individual coaching, team building and executive recruitment.

Our main activities fall into three key areas:

Individual coaching

Management skills

Organisation development

Individual Coaching

  • Assertiveness - understand the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive and the advantages of each in different contexts. Analyse your present behaviour patterns and options available for you to change.

  • Career and life planning

  • Personal profiling

  • Presentation skills - from preparation of content, through controlling your own state and engagement with the audience, learn techniques that will make your presentations more enjoyable and memorable.

  • Relationship building -by first understanding yourself, then understanding others, you can begin to examine those relationships which are important to you, in your work and personal life. Begin to explore alternative strategies for making the most of your relationships and creating positive interactions more often.

  • Self development – an integrated set of tools and techniques to help you to examine your personal strengths and weaknesses, and to maximize your achievement of personal goals through creating well formed outcomes and detailed development actions.

  • Springboard women's self development – a three month long professionally accredited self development programme designed especially for women, enabling them to identify their own career and life paths and to maximise their learning opportunities and support networks.

  • Time management – begin to understand and adapt your own approach to time, and how this affects you in a personal and professional context. Learn how to identify your own personal ‘time bandits’ and develop strategies for minimizing the negative effects of these.


Management Skills

  • Advanced presentations – learn more about how the content of your presentations will connect with the audience and methods for maximising active engagement. Create strategies for personal state control and positive ‘triggers’ & ‘anchors’ both for you and your audience. Begin to understand how the brain works, utilizing ‘whole brain’ learning and the use of stories & metaphors to make your presentations more memorable.

  • Coaching – Identify areas of your life where you need to develop the role of the coach, and the different approaches required for different levels of coaching engagement. Learn how to apply simple techniques to support and encourage your coachee through the development of an ongoing, supportive coaching relationship.

  • Communications – Explore the various methods and techniques available to create effective communication with key people both in your work and personal life. Begin to evaluate the language used by others and how you can really listen to this, enabling you to respond in ways that will ensure maximum understanding of your message. Identify effective strategies for communication mediums in a variety of contexts.

  • Effective meetings – From the preparation of an effective agenda and room set up, right through to the delivery of meaningful notes or minutes, learn some simple steps to running effective meetings. Learn how to keep your meetings on track, by utilising effective facilitation skills and powerful communication skills.

  • Facilitation – Learn how to facilitate in a variety of situations, from small gatherings to large groups with a complex agenda. Understand the role of the facilitator and the importance of their input to effective meetings and projects. Understand how to handle difficult people and make the best out of group contributions.

  • Interviewing – Setting the scene, preparing effective exploratory questions and professional delivery and control of the interview situation. Techniques and skills required from recruitment to appraisals and other formal and informal interview situations. Develop the skills of rapport and communication that will quickly put your interviewee at their ease to get the most out of the limited time available in any interview situation.

  • Leadership – Understanding the role of the leader in the modern workplace, beginning with an in-depth exploration of current beliefs and practices, and leading through a series of developmental steps to equip the manager with the potential to propel themselves from a regular operation manager to an inspirational strategic leader.

  • Management development – Tools, techniques and methodologies to enable the modern manager to better communicate with and develop staff at all levels. An integrated step by step approach to understanding current skill levels and behaviours and future alternatives to achieve better results with fewer resources.

  • Negotiation – Learn how clever negotiators get their way, through building rapport, applying self control and asking the right questions. Expand your own negotiating skills to achieve what you want more often.

  • Problem solving –Identifying a range of approaches to problem solving, from outcome focused through to problem centered, and learn effective techniques for the control and solution of each. Identify simple steps to problem analysis and solution utilising creative problem solving techniques and holistic analysis.

  • Project management – Learn how to control and measure complex projects in a range of commercial and economic environments. Understand the necessary steps to creating a clear project plan and resource requirements and develop a methodology for the tracking and monitoring of the project against key milestones. Develop a comprehensive communications plan and ensure active engagement of all resources and key stakeholders at various stages of the project lifecycle.

  • Recruitment and selection – From placing of advertisements, sifting and sorting of CVs, and creation of a competency framework, through to behavioural interviewing of potential candidates, learn how to create an effective process for the recruitment and selection of employees that is in line with current Employment legislation.

  • Senior management development

Organisational development



  • Brand ambassadors – Develop the understanding of key players across the organization to really understand the brand, and to demonstrate your organisation’s core values through their day to day interaction with stakeholders inside and outside the business. Encourage the development of personal strategies for application and utilisation of the brand in their core work and develop sustainable measurements for success.

  • Brand awareness – Create a process for the identification and communication of your organisation’s core values, mission, vision and beliefs. Create a methodology to ensure the active engagement and buy-in of key players and stakeholders inside and outside the business. Create a framework for the distribution and circulation of ‘briefs’ and ‘key messages’ that are ‘on Brand’ and easy to understand.

  • Call centre training – Create an effective template for the identification of core skills in a call centre environment. Look at the engagement with the customer through transaction and interaction and measure the effectiveness of each. Measure the effectiveness of the team centered approach to client engagement and learn how to effectively identify and segregate your customers according to their individual needs.

  • Communities of practice – Learn how effective communities of practice cn help to create value in today’s ever changing commercial world. Create effective communication strategies for identifying and communication value for money to key stakeholders and community sponsors. Examine simple ways to actively engage with community participants and encourage their ongoing contributions.

  • Competency model development – Develop a simple model based upon the most regular activities and interactions of your organization. Understand how you can utilise this to effectively recruit, train and develop your employees and ensure the ongoing growth of your business.

  • Cross cultural training – Using a simple framework an model for understanding personal, geographical and organisational culture, begin to identify and utilize individual differences in approaches to decision making, personal organsiation and communication skills and start to understand the effects of these when working in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Equal opportunities – Examine the legal implications of making employment decision fairly and in accordance with legal guidelines to maximize the effectiveness of your employees and the workplace. Begin to understand the requirements for the distribution and circulation of information across a range of audiences, taking into account cultural and language differences and special needs.

  • Knowledge sharing – Understand the process of knowledge creation and distribution and how you can use this to maximise value for money and profitability within your organisation. Identify areas that would greatly benefit from the capture and control of data and information and the implications of storing data of a personal or sensitive nature.

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming

  • Organisation culture – Examine the organisation’s culture through the analysis of present day activities and messages. Identify the organisation’s core values and develop a mission and vision statement that communicates a clear message to your employees and clients alike. Capture valuable stories, myths and legends from around the organization, revealing trends, practices and the hidden culture of your work environment.

  • Outdoor development – A wide range of physical an non-physical activities that will enable individuals or teams to develop a greater understanding of the way that they think and operate in the work environment. Transferring traits and actions identified into effective skills and interactions back in the workplace.

  • Team building

  • Train the trainer – Develop a wide range of interactive training and facilitation skills to enable you to create and deliver more effective, engaging training sessions. Understand the needs of the individual learners and group dynamics to maximise the effective delivery of your key messages and learnings, through the use of memorable exercises and thought provoking theoretical input. Learn how to adapt your key messages to meet the needs of your changing audience using the ‘conscious / unconscious competence’ framework.

Contact us to discuss your needs in more detail.