What We Offer
Skills Converged designs training materials on soft skills, management and workplace productivity for the training community. Our main focus is on the design and creation of training materials. We have an elaborate design process which includes research, preparation, testing and finally packaging of the training materials for the use of trainers worldwide.
Designing training materials is rather time-consuming and is a different skill than delivering training courses. Our experience and expertise means we can produce state-of-the-art courses. Trainers can then deliver these courses knowing that the material is properly researched, credible and easy to learn.
In addition to our training materials, we also offer a wide range of training exercises and resources that are available for free on our site. We have been adding regularly to this set of free materials over the years and this is now one of the largest collection of such materials on the net.
Our training materials are used by some of the most successful corporations and multi-nationals in the world as well as multitudes of training agencies, training consultants, HR managers, subject experts and freelance trainers. See a selection of our customers and their testimonials.
Our Design Principles
We believe in fundamental design principles:
- A training course needs to be useful for the end delegates and lead to long lasting results. We despise poorly designed training courses as they are a waste of time so our most important design principle is to make sure we create training courses that benefit the learner.
- Time is a scarce resource. There is no point spending more time on something than it is absolutely necessary. We use Accelerated Learning principles in the design of our training materials to make sure we can achieve maximum results in the short amount of time available in a given day-long course.
- We design our courses in a way that allows you to familiarise yourself with the content quickly. We understand how important it is to be able to respond to a short notice to deliver a course. We include plenty of guidelines to facilitate the trainer’s learning process.
- We know very well how adult learning is different from the education people receive in schools. We design our courses to be entertaining, relevant and exercise-driven.
- We think soft skills training materials should be available to as many people as possible so we strive to keep the costs low. We work hard to add to our collection of free training materials and expect to recover the cost for this through the sales of our products. Every time you purchase courses from us you support us in helping those who cannot afford the courses we offer but instead get to use the free materials we develop. We have people visiting our site from different parts of the world and we are proud of being able to help them makes us proud to feel we can be of help to them.
We Aim to Save You Time
We have seen plenty of badly designed training materials. Old content, poorly designed slides, bad training methodology and lack of understanding of how training works means that using these products would actually cost you more than helping you. This is why we make sure you get the best when you obtain training materials from us.
A trainer needs to know what to say, when to say it, how to pace content and how to carefully choose the style of delivery. A trainer should be able to handle difficult delegates, get the most from exercises and make the training event more memorable. We provide useful guidelines on all of these aspects of training, making sure that a trainer is fully equipped, confident and ready to deliver our courses.
We constantly analyse and receive feedback from the training community which allows us to improve the quality of our products and use this knowledge in the design of our future courses.
Is it Worth it?
Our courses are very competitively priced and we provide generous discounts as we simply want our products to be used. Some suppliers may charge you three times more and give you less. We don’t think that’s fair. There are no royalties to pay, no printing fees for extra workbooks and no subscription charges. There is simply a one-off fee and after that you can use a course indefinitely. You can easily earn back the cost of the training materials by a single delivery of a course.
Why We Do What We Do
Good soft skills can solve many problems in the society. For example, we see a lack of communication skills or emotional intelligence as the root cause of the majority of cultural and societal issues both at home and at work. By focusing on development of soft skills training materials and with your support in delivering these training courses, we can together make a difference and create a better world.
Skills Converged Ltd. was founded by Dr. Ehsan Honary in 2008 and since then the design team at Skills Converged has been busy developing content, extending the catalogue of courses and improving the design process based on the feedback we constantly receive from the training community.
What differentiates us from our competitors is our dedication to research on both the subject matter and training methodologies where most of our efforts go into. We believe you need to get both right before you can have a useful course.
E-Learning versus Face-to-Face Training
There has been some progress on e-learning technologies. Such technologies are ideal for training people on many hard skills. For example, teaching people how to use Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop with e-learning solutions can be quite effective. However, soft skills are different because, fundamentally, they are about learning how to communicate with another person mainly face-to-face. Sitting in a room with others, switching off from the digital world and focusing on practicing conversational skills, be it management or sales related, tends to be much more effective than going through some e-learning solutions, reading some slides and answering a bunch of multiple-choice questions. Until they invent Star Wars style holograms we can be sure that sitting in a class is superior to all other methods currently available.
If that is not enough, there is also another fundamental issue. It has been reported that many e-learning solutions have a high drop-out rate. With the lack of social pressure, people tend to quit as soon as they feel challenged or think learning something is hard. If we want people to learn, it is much more effective to run a face-to-face training course and use the presence of other delegates in the course as a catalyst to help people learn.
Why Buy Training Materials?
The essence of productivity is to save time by not doing something that is already done and not doing something that can easily be delegated to others.
In today’s world, outsourcing is key. Rather than spending your precious time on research and development of training courses, you can get a head start by using our competitively priced, high quality course materials. We will do all the hard work for you, so you can focus on the delivery of the content rather than the design from scratch.
Those companies who take advantage of cost cutting and respond quickly to changing market demands will be naturally more successful and generate more revenue which in turn allows them to expand and gain market share. Using training materials rather than developing them from scratch can significantly cut your costs while giving you access to our accumulated knowledge on making and delivering soft skills courseware.
Our high quality training courses will give you the prestige required to compete with others in a crowded market and win over clients. Should you wish, you can use “Designed by Skills Converged” in your marketing to further communicate the use of our courses with your clients and demonstrate the quality of your training courses.
See a number of use cases on what our customers think when they use our training materials to deliver training courses.
We are here to support the training community in delivering impeccable training courses and subsequently improving people’s lives. We think of ourselves as you partner and that together we are on a quest to make a better world. We aim to be the ultimate supplier of choice for soft skills training materials, providing you with high quality content and the latest training methodologies. We aim to enhance your training skills and to empower you and your delegates.
What is "Soft Skills"?
Soft skills help an individual to perform better in life, interact more efficiently with others and have better personal attributes. Unlike hard skills, which focus on specific areas and are more technical, soft skills are applicable to a broad spectrum of areas and can benefit everyone.
Soft skills are best understood through the following areas:
- Emotional intelligence
- People skills
- Making conversations
- Personal branding
“Your hard skills will get you an interview, but it is your soft skills that will get the job (and helps you to keep it).”
Soft skills are now recognised as one of the most important areas of business profitability since by increasing the communication skills of staff you can significantly increase their productivity and the company throughput.
In fact, soft skills are now so important that we can no longer accept old fashioned pushy autocratic styles of management. Instead, we are interested in empathic leaders who can understand people and connect with them. Their soft skills seem to be far more important than their CVs or their technical abilities.
Everyone has some experience in soft skills, though most people are unaware of the importance of these skills. Perhaps this is to do with the legacy of our education, where emphasis is put on hard skills and soft skills are somewhat neglected in comparison.
Fortunately, soft skills are like any other skill. They can be thought, learned, practiced and mastered. The key is to use the skills persistently and continuously monitor progress towards an ideal goal.
Why Those With High EQ Will Succeed More Than Those With High IQ
Traditionally, IQ has been synonymous to intelligence and subsequently was correlated to success. Significant research on emotional intelligence shows that EQ (Emotional Quotient) is an equally important measure of a person’s emotional skills which is directly related to their success.
This suggests that we can plot a person’s overall ability across two dimensions; EQ and IQ. Now consider a typical large company who employs a variety of capable employees. Companies are usually interested to hire intelligent staff and hence their focus is primarily on technical skills. In other words, companies go for high IQ people, in particular if they happen to be a technology company.
It turns out that people with high IQs tend to have naturally lower EQs. Nature and nurture makes them good at problem solving and reasoning, but they may not be as skilled when it comes to social skills or communicating their feelings with others.
Hence, those with high IQ tend to need even more training on soft skills which means there is a constant need to train capable employees, especially when they are working in teams.
Here is a distribution of employees based on their IQ and EQ in a typical company:
Since the company generally employs high IQ people, there is not much difference between individuals as they all have relatively high IQs. How can one distinguish himself from others in such an environment? As the following graph suggests, to differentiate, people need to move towards the top right corner of the graph where the most capable employees reside. In other words, technical skills are good to get a job, but emotional skills are needed to move up when in the job.
Hence, in a competitive environment of a company where most people are already high IQ, the best way to stand out is to focus on EQ. This is best achieved by systematic training on emotional intelligence and soft skills. The best staff are those that are good at both EQ and IQ and an organisation full of these kinds of people will no doubt be very successful.
We hope that soft skills training materials provided by Skills Converged are a step towards this ideal.