British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to announce Liz Burkinshaw as the next keynote for the 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference, taking place on the 19th and 20th November at Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire.
New Skills, New Thinking, New Learning
This interactive session will be:
- a chance to reflect on your own learning and where gaps might be
- time to ponder you and what you need and want to learn
- time to slow down your thoughts
- an opportunity to be creative and pump up your innovation muscles
- a catalyst for sparking new ideas
Get ready for this practical session where you will flex your skills and try something outside of your comfort zone.
I am an experienced Learning and People Development professional with over 25 years’ experience in the sport, physical activity, coaching, wellbeing and education sectors.
I have previously been the Participation Development Lead at UK Coaching for over 8 years, and I am now an Innovation Officer at Sports Leaders. Throughout my career, I have always had the thread of supporting young people to achieve their potential and positively contribute to their community.
I am a lapsed paddler, having previously instructed children on the water as part of an outdoor education role. I continue to advocate for young people through my volunteering work as one of the first 100 Squirrel Scout Leaders in the UK. I am looking forward to getting the young Squirrel Scouts on the water in the coming year.
My everyday working world requires me to be curious and learn new things. I think that ‘every day is a school day’ with something new to learn, create, test, fail and occasionally succeed at.
My top three tips for learning every day are:
- Notice the world around you. What is changing and what is staying the same? Taking time to slow down and notice all the big and little things is a good place to start if you need a different point of view or to be inspired with a spark of a thought. I recommend trying out a Street Wisdom session near you (or access one online). They are a masterclass in noticing the world around you and using time to think more deeply about what matters to you.
- Build a network of people to learn from who will help you grow. Include people in your network who help you to think differently and challenge your view on the world. One of the ways that I do this is to get involved in social media. For me it is using different platforms for different purposes. So I use Twitter to keep up to date with the sport and coaching world, LinkedIn to learn from other learning development professionals and Facebook to learn about new ideas for Squirrel activities.
- Try new things. What new thing have you tried this week? Did you learn a new skill? Did it change the way you do something? Did you learn more about yourself?
Find me on Twitter @liz_burkinshaw or connect on LinkedIn to check out what I am up to in the world of learning and development.