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Ant's Management Course

Published on by Dr Paul Beckett

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Hi everyone,
As part of the Personal Development arm of the KTP Project, I had to spend last week in a hotel in the countryside near Bath doing Management Training, with 21 other KTP Associates from all over the country. To be honest, I was slightly apprehensive. Not so much about the training, after all, I finished uni just 6 months ago and I am always eager to learn. Rather, it was the other 16 hours in the day. I was wondering about the other Associates. Would they be sociable? Would they be my age? Would they be interesting? Would they think I was interesting?
I left on Sunday (the day of rest?!) and got to Bath fairly early, checked into my room and at 6pm we met each other for the first time. It was great. Everyone was really nice, even the trainers. Most of the training was hands-on, doing presentations, role-plays, and strategy games, and even when it was lecturing and note-taking they were interesting and funny. The days flew by. At night, we either went to the country pub (the only other thing in the ‘village’ bar the hotel) or stayed in the hotel bar playing games. The last night, we went into Bath (all of us!) where this picture was taken (I am in the green).
All in all, my apprehension was unnecessary, I had a great time and learnt just as much from my fellow associates as I did from the trainers. And I have now seen a Peruvian breakdance. Roll on August for Round 2!

About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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