How Pam came to be a People Booster...
So I was in the back of a very hot minibus in Shanghai. After a few years as a trainer in the public sector I adventured into global sales training. Well, the idea sounded like an adventure. That's how I came to be in China, with 12 Chinese business men in a hot minibus on the way back to the hotel. I'd spent all week teaching them how to sell more multi-million dollar engineering deals. A light bulb came on: "This is not my life's purpose".
I had learnt a lot about how to deliver ultra professional skill based workshops but it was time for me to move on. I wanted to focus on was how people felt, thought and behaved; to teach them how to be less stressed, more confident. Help them feel good, even on a bad day.
And it works. Customers tell me they're still using my techniques years on and some have completely changed the way they work. Working out how you get stressed and what to do about it can be life changing. Add in some confidence and wellbeing tricks and you can change the culture of the workplace.
I started my working life as a qualified Nursery Nurse then Social Worker and later, Master Practitioner in NLP . I've now been standing up talking to people for a living for over 25 years and been running my own business since 1999.
In 2015 I became a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and in the same year won the EUOSHA award for Healthy Workplaces by helping Nottingham City Homes to address stress in the workplace. I regularly talk on BBC radio and local TV.
But you know aside from all of that, when people tell me that as a result of attending a conference or workshop with me they've begun to treat themselves well, stayed calm under challenging circumstances, dared to go for promotion or healed from burnout or health problems, that I really feel I've achieved something.
It is possible to improve effectiveness and productivity without creating stress and illness. It would be too easy to say that in these tough times of fewer resources and added pressure that stress is inevitable. In fact I regularly see evidence that supporting people to feel positive and well in the workplace is, in the end, the only way to achieve sustainable improvements in an organisation.