Trainer of the month Juliette Yardley talks about creating happy schools and children, and her funniest pant-splitting moment
Juliette is a valued and very much loved member of the Laughology team. Juliette emailed me (Stephanie Davies CEO) one day back in 2009 and asked to meet. As soon as I met Juliette I knew she would fit into the Laughology team brilliantly and add lots of value.
Juliette has a wicked sense of humour and has a background in psychology too. Last year Juliette went through the rigorous Laughology stand-up comedy boot-camp which every member of the team goes through if they weren't a comedian already.
As Juliette already has a background in psychology and personal and professional development she has that requirement signed off and to a very high standard! Juliette's performance was outstanding and she raised a brilliant amount for a very good cause. If you get the chance to have Juliette in your organisation whether it be children's workshops, people development skills or a one-to-one coaching sessions I can guarantee you'll come away feeling like a different person, she has a wonderful ability to help you feel confident, engaged and happy. She truly is Laughology through and through.
We asked Juliette:
What do you enjoy about working with Laughology?
I really do love working with clients where you can see that light bulb moment when you've taught them a skill or a strategy and then suddenly they can see how it will work for them practically. There is never a finer moment!
What has been your funniest moment at Laughology?
Ooh, I'm not sure that Stephanie will want this printing but it was pretty funny at our last team meeting when Steph was giving us a serious update on marketing strategies and as she bend down to pick up her pen, her trousers split front to back.
What are your words of wisdom for personal development, staying positive and dealing with challenges?
Always take a step back in any situation for time to think. Think about how you want the situation to play out, imagine what you want to happen and use that positive mind set to 'choose' how you react and behave going forward. Always find a funny side to as much as you can and laugh at yourself as much as possible, it really helps!
What's your favourite part of being in the Laughology team?
I love being part of a team of likeminded people. We have a brilliant time when we work together, sharing ideas, knowledge and situations. We can be pretty infantile at team meetings, so actually getting through a team meeting in a serious manner can be a challenge. We all get on so well and we're a close team which is great as we're all based in a variety of locations around the country.
What was the last event you did?
I worked with the wonderful Kerry Leigh in Flintshire with the local authority. We were tasked with designing a training day that would help the social services team feel positive about new changes and strategy. It was a large group so needed a lot of planning to ensure we included everyone. It was fabulous to plan and bounce ideas off another creative team member then deliver together. They were a really great group who needed some strategies around managing some difficult changes. There was a fantastic energy in the room, it was really good fun and the group were so receptive. The response was really positive and it's great to know we made a difference.
What has been your favourite event to date and why?
I absolutely loved delivering to Russett Special School a few months ago. It was a real challenge to come up with a session that was delivered to around 90 pupils, in 10 sessions over one day. The groups varied in age from four right up to those in their late teens, with each child having different needs. The school, the children and all the staff were outstanding in taking part and ensuring that each child benefited. To see all those children laughing, smiling, dancing, drawing and to know that they had a fabulous day made me feel very fulfilled indeed.
(What Juliette also did was make a huge difference to children and young people's lives in helping them feel more confident, happy and develop skills to cope with challenges. We had a flurry of tweets that day from proud parents whose children had come home talking about how they can be happy and confident in themselves – Juliette was truly amazing in what she achieved - Ed's note).
What do you like to do best?
I love the variety of my role within the Laughology team and connecting with people from different fields and sectors. It keeps me on my toes and gets me out of my comfort zone. Having a background in working with children and young people will always be a draw for me, especially working in schools to deliver training not just with children and young people but also with teachers. I love making a difference in people's lives in any way I can.