A conscious pursuit of personal growth

At Grahame Robb Associates (GRA), our training is focused as much on the personal growth and development of individuals as it is on teams and organisations. We offer a range of bespoke personal development programmes that help your employees to become better and more rounded people - focused on building core skills to help them achieve their personal and professional goals, such as:

Identifying and expanding on personal strengths
Identifying and overcoming areas of weakness
Learning new skills
Taking on new responsibilities
Developing a better awareness of themselves and others
Increasing self-confidence and personal resilience
Improving communication and relationships
Becoming a more independent thinker

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There’s no one size fits all solution to personal development

Which is why we invite customers to get in touch with one of our corporate training experts to discuss an approach that fits in with the needs of your business and your employees.

We offer a diverse approach to training that deploys live virtual classrooms, face-to-face training, e-learning, and practical indoor and outdoor experiential activities, to help businesses implement personalised development plans and to cultivate a stronger and more diverse workforce.

Our core programmes

As well as offering completely bespoke personal development programmes, we also have a range of core programmes that can be customised to meet your needs or combined to create a modular training programme – these include:

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Building Confidence supports individuals to increase their self-confidence, self-esteem, and to develop assertiveness.

Through practical advice and techniques, we will help individuals to believe in themselves, develop a can-do attitude, banishing negative thought, and understand the importance of self-value, to allow them to let go of the fear and anxiety that may be holding them back, and to aid them in helping others to become more self-assured.


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Resilience for Results embraces cutting edge diagnostics technology, proven tactics, and techniques as well as practical exercises to provide individuals with the tools they need to enhance their mental, physical and emotional resilience in the workplace.

These adaptabilities enable people to thrive under pressure and to offer a beacon of guidance, support and strength to others in their team or organisation.


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Personal Branding supports individuals to understand more clearly what makes a personal brand and the vital part it plays in how we are perceived by others, as well as offering a step-by-step process for building an authentic brand and how to successfully live it in everyday life.

By focussing individuals on remaining true to their values and leveraging their existing skill set, unique abilities and vision and goals for the future, your people will come away with a clear self-image, an essential aspect of a successful career.


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Self & Team Awareness ensures that individuals are able and encouraged to ‘look in the mirror’ by better understanding their motivations, behaviours, and relationships, helping them to identify how they differ from others and therefore how they can consistently work more effectively with them.

Through personality profiling and team theory, individuals understand the impact of their contribution to a team and how to identify complementary styles.

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Presentation Skills helps individuals to look and feel confident speaking in front of an audience. Our expert facilitators will help individuals to enhance their natural communication style and refine their technique to empower them to deliver with impact.

We’ll share with them the tools and techniques they need for preparing and structuring presentations, making content memorable, creating a stronger connection with their audience and how to cope with nerves.


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Creative Thinking explores the nature of creativity, broadening individual’s understanding of what it is to be creative. Your people will consider how they can be creative, learn the skills and tools that can support this, and consider what challenges they may face when looking to bring a more creative outlook to their work. Individuals will take part in exercises, look back at their personal history with creativity, and challenge themselves to have the courage to be vulnerable and honest, which is what creativity demands.

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Decision Making gives individuals the skills needed to make sound, confident decisions by focussing on developing a decision-making process appropriate to different situations, creating a culture to enable effective decision making and understanding how to give helpful feedback. Through activities and challenges and reviews, your people will identify task and process related decisions, as well as the crucial moments that influenced the quality of their decisions, the impact of behaviour on decisions, and the effects of competition.

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Customer Care supports individuals and teams to develop the confidence and capability to consistently deliver excellent service in every interaction. Through customer journey mapping, reflecting and learning from personal experiences, and competitor analysis, your people will understand what it takes to delight and retain your customers and how to provide exceptional customer care that creates a lasting impression.

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Relationship Strategies focuses on relationship building and influencing strategies by enhancing people’s ability to effectively relate to others. Through diagnosing individual’s personal styles and how this differs from their peers, and understanding the Dr. Tony Alessandra’s Platinum Rule, individuals develop their ability to understand what drives other people and recognise options for communicating with them more effectively.


Self-Leadership teaches individuals the mindset and skills they need to become empowered, proactive self-leaders who take control of their own success and are committed to getting results for their organisation. Self-Leadership builds on the leadership model SLII® and integrates the latest research on the proactive skills required for individuals to be most effective. Team members learn a shared language for discussing their own development and performance, allowing them to have more effective conversations and build more trusting, open relationships with their managers.


Unlocking the potential of individuals

Every personal development component we offer as part of our training has both a social and individual growth component. When taking part in our activities, individuals are challenged to step outside their comfort zone and push their boundaries in an emotionally secure environment.

Through a combination of facilitated, self-paced, and hands-on experiential learning, each delegate is encouraged to grow by working on their inner qualities and skills, while also strengthening the way in which they interact with others.

Benefits of personal and professional      development training

Investing in personal development as part of your training strategy serves to broaden your employees’ skill set and performance ability and helps forge ambitious individuals and teams with greater flexibility and capabilities.

People that undergo our personal development training frequently report:

Better knowledge retention
Increased self-awareness
Improved ability to operate under pressure and manage stress levels
Increased confidence
More professional credibility
Better organisational and planning skills
Higher motivation and energy levels
Improved efficiency and productivity at work
Better ability to ‘switch off’ and maintain a positive work/life balance
Better relationships both in the workplace and at home


Why undertake personal development training with GRA?

In our experience, many corporate training and development models lose sight of the fact that teams are composed of individuals. While focusing on group outcomes and interpersonal interactions is a valid and important part of an organisational training strategy, equally vital is understanding how personal attainment goals contribute to these group dynamics and can increase positive results in the workplace.

Get in touch

To find out more about our personal development programmes, please call us on 01962 779911, or click here to send us a message.

What do you mean by experiential?

Experiential in its simplest form means learning through doing or learning through experience, a key part being people’s reflection on those experiences. At GRA, we include practical exercises, simulations, and team challenges into our programmes to create more memorable training experiences and to help participants integrate their knowledge more successfully back in the workplace.

To find out more about our experiential approach, go to our why choose us page.

How do you tailor your training to meet different organisational needs?

At GRA, our aim is to get to know your business like it’s our own so that we can see things through your lens. We do this by taking the time upfront to listen to your development needs and to get a full and rounded picture of your values, culture, goals, and key measures of success.

Once we’re confident we know what you’re looking for, we’ll go away and put together a proposal that details a unique training solution for you, whether that be through tailoring existing GRA products or by creating a completely new and bespoke programme that’s more specifically for your organisation or team. We not only tailor our training through content design but also in our delivery method, so whether you’re looking for a face-to-face, virtual or blended approach, we can adapt to suit your requirements.

We also recommend conducting ‘day in the life’ interviews with a selection of people from your organisation to establish hopes and concerns about upcoming training and to allow us to take a deeper dive into people’s day-to-day roles, responsibilities, and individual needs.

How do you evaluate your training?

Like our training, we tailor our evaluation strategy to the requirements of each of our customers and like to work in partnership with you to ensure we select the best metrics to evaluate the performance of our delivery team, delegate experience, learning transfer and overall service, to ensure we provide maximum ROI for your organisation. We also want to ensure that the metrics being assessed are consistent with your values and objectives.

In addition to quantitative metrics, we also believe in providing delegates with the opportunity to explore their observations and reflections in more detail and therefore recommend incorporating qualitative feedback in the review process.

Should you have one, we can also work with your existing evaluation systems following the training to manage the performance of our delivery team.

Do you have any clients that you’ve worked with that we can talk to?

Yes, we would be happy to put you in touch with some of our trusted clients of past and present, just give us a call on 01962 571005 to discuss this further.

Do you have experience working with companies in our sector or industry?

GRA has worked with organisations in a number of industries over the last 30 years, from manufacturing and pharmaceuticals to public health, technology, banking and insurance, local authority and more.

But even if we haven’t worked in your industry before, we take the time to listen to and learn from our clients and to tailor our training programmes to your specific needs. We may be the experts when it comes to training, but we fully recognise that you are the experts when it comes to knowing and understanding your business.

Do you offer virtual/online training?

Yes, we offer a great range of virtual training options and online learning tools. To find out more go to our virtual learning page.

Do you offer a blended/hybrid training approach?

Yes, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer our clients a completely blended training experience. To find out more go to our blended learning page.

What training models do you use?

We use a range of trusted learning and development models that we really believe in and that have stood the test of time. During our 30 years of designing and delivering training, we have also developed some of our own unique models which sit within our branded training programmes.

Well known models we use are, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 70-20-10 for L&D

  • Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development

  • Herzberg’s Two Factor Theory

  • Kolb’s Cycle of Experiential Learning

  • Belbin Team Role Theory

  • SLII Model

  • MBTI Four-Factor

  • Honey & Mumford Learning Styles

  • Thomas Kilmann Conflict

  • Covey’s Circles of Influence

  • HeartMath Coherence

  • HeartMath Domains of Resilience

  • Platinum Rule

  • Johari Windows

  • McGregor’s X & Y Theory

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  • Baddeley & James’s Political Intelligence

  • SMART Goals

  • SWOT & Pestle

How much does your training cost?

The cost of our training very much depends on what type of programme you’re interested in, how much you want us to tailor it to your specific needs, how many people it’s for and the time constraints. However, we will always aim to put together a training package that suits both your needs and your budget and we will be as flexible and transparent as possible when it comes to outlining and discussing costs with you.

If you want to enquire about costs for a training programme, please get in touch with us by calling 01962 571005 or email us via enquiries@gra.uk.com

At what locations do you offer training?

We can provide training at any number of locations, whether that’s at your offices, at one of our training centres, at one of our partner hotels, or at any other venue of your choice.

GRA also deliver training globally and has worked in over 28 countries in just the last 7 years.

Can you connect us to hotels/venues where we can host our training as part of your offering?

Yes, we are partnered with and work alongside a number of fantastic hotels and venues that we would happily connect you with. We can also facilitate this on your behalf as part of our service if you prefer.

If you would like to talk to our team about this, please give us a call on 01962 571005.

How many people can you accommodate on your training programmes?

This completely depends on the method in which we’re delivering your training and what type of training we’re delivering for you.

Typically, our face-to-face training programmes can hold numbers anywhere from 5 to 30 delegates in a single classroom. Any number above 20 will usually require multiple facilitators, as will programmes that include outdoor activities. Groups over 30 will typically be delivered to in cohorts, but this is dependent on the type of face-to-face training we’re delivering for you.

Our online/virtual training classes are slightly smaller and tend to accommodate anywhere from 5 to 15 delegates in a single classroom. Numbers above 15 would typically require us to deliver in cohorts, but again, this is subject to the type of online training we’re delivering for you. Most of our virtual training sessions include both a facilitator and a moderator as a minimum, more facilitators are likely to be required for higher numbers.

For Team Building events, we can accommodate anywhere from 5 to 200 delegates at any one time, location and schedule permitting. See our Team Building FAQs for more information.

Is all your training delivered in-house?

All our training is either delivered by our experienced in-house training team or by one of our equally experienced and trusted associate training teams. We will never take on any training that we don’t have the capacity to facilitate within these teams. If we can’t accommodate what you’re looking for, we will always be upfront and honest about it and will point you in the direction of other providers that may be able to help you if we can.

What happens if we need to reschedule or cancel our training with you?

Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined in our T&Cs when forming an agreement with you, so please check this to see how you would be affected if you were to cancel. Rest assured that we will be as flexible as possible when it comes to rearranging and rescheduling dates for training and we have a fantastic administration team who would be happy to talk to you.

If you need to talk to us about cancelling or rescheduling your training, please give us a call on 01962 571005.

What is currently in place to protect those who attend training at your Centres from Covid-19?

Our Covid-19 protocols are constantly changing and evolving in line with government guidelines. Click here to see our most up to date protocols. If you have training already booked with us, our administration team will clearly outline anything you need to know about safeguarding against Covid-19 prior to your arrival at either of our Outdoor Centres.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01962 571005 or email us via enquiries@gra.uk.com

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