I’m Gemma Perkins, a Personal Development Trainer. I help organisations supporting students to create confident, resilient and emotionally intelligent leaders so that they are equipped to handle life’s challenges and can use their strengths to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
The higher education sector is fast paced and facing ever increasing pressures: Get students ready for employment, provide a rich university experience, score high on the national student survey, get great academic results, support students’ mental health and much more!
It’s no wonder that young people come out of the other end feeling that they are missing out on key skills they need to succeed.
I was very fortunate at the age of 16 to take part in a leadership training programme that transformed me from a shy, nerdy type into someone confident leading diverse teams whilst still being my quirky and authentic self.
Once I qualified as a teacher I was disappointed to find that there was little time or will to really give students the curriculum that mattered. So called ‘soft skills’ were downplayed in favour of maths and English.
I quit teaching and made it my mission to help students to learn the kinds of things ‘they didn’t teach you in school’ but that are essential to living a meaningful and successful life.
I’m Gemma and I’m obsessed with high quality personal development. From the age of 8 I knew that I wanted to teach – I have always loved seeing peoples’s faces light up as the penny drops and they learn something new.
My values are service, competence, empathy, creativity and integrity. I take enormous pride and joy in combining my sensitivity for people and my expertise in education to design and deliver immersive learning experiences that help people to flourish.
What makes me different from other providers is my avoidance of ‘Death by PowerPoint’ in favour of quirky, interactive experiences. (There’s still a primary school teacher on the inside!) The weirdest things in my training equipment toolbox are blindfolds, spaghetti and some wooden blocks with nails hammered into them.
I firmly believe that to be a good educator you must practice what you preach. I use all of the tools and models I train in my own life, which helps your students to really feel and see the skills in action. One example is the self motivation routine I developed to help me smash my exams; a curated playlist of 3 motivational songs, a visualisation exercise and 15 minutes of juggling outside of the exam hall (much to my peers confusion).
You can feel reassured that your students are in a safe and knowledgeable pair of hands: