So, first let’s go back in time. 3 or 4 years ago I was preparing management accounts for the company I was employed by, a part of my job I really loved. Then they told me they wanted me to bring them into a managers meeting to discuss them with everyone.. Now I was out of my comfort zone!
It may have been the setting rather than what I was doing but I never felt comfortable in those meetings – major case of imposter syndrome even though I knew my job inside and out. I often came away feeling, well, it’s hard to describe but my confidence hit rock bottom.
At a recent networking session, I was asked if I provided training by a lady who handled her own bookkeeping. She wanted to hand over a better set of books to her accountant at year end, partly to reduce the accountants work load (and therefore their fee!) but also to make it more worthwhile (see this blog). I said yes as I knew I could do it but admit to feeling very nervous at the thought of those confidence knocking meetings.
I’m pleased to say that that nervous feeling soon disappeared, I left the clients office feeling fulfilled and like I’d done a great job – the feedback from the client told me they did too!
This is one of the reasons I’ve decided to offer training to the services offered by PBS. Rather than trying to make people fit some pre-determined course I set up and roll out, I create a bespoke session to meet specific requirements.
Now, I know this sounds expensive, but it’s really not. Although I would create the course for you specifically (which sounds time consuming) as it’s based on bookkeeping (which I do every day!) and on software it’s very easy for me to put together a plan for training.
I feel having some bullet pointed headings and notes to guide, rather than dictate, where the course goes helps ensure it covers what you’re after but remaining flexible to deal with things as they come up during the day.
We also encourage learning at your office, using the computer/laptop/tablet you always use. Despite best intentions things will display slightly different on different computers, you might have a slightly out of date or even newer software version, there’s so many things that can be different!
Experience has taught me half day is usually enough for anyone (we all zone out at some point!) but feel free to contact me with specific requirements and I’ll advise how long you will need, further training can always be booked if you end up wanting/needing more.