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Leveraging Your Team’s Strengths For Enhanced Performance

12 February 2020

This session was presented as a beginner-level topic at the 2019 National VET Conference and even experienced practitioners who attended said they took away something valuable!

What attendees had to say in response to the question "What did you like best about this session"?:

Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and content of the session. V Green

This presentation got me thinking a lot about my team and who I think we have disadvantaged by only allowing them to do things they see as their "strengths' . R Laube

The value of focusing  on the strengths of employees.
N Leonard

People often equate their strengths with what they are good at: their competencies. But there is a distinct difference between the two. Think of a time where you did a task that you were really good at but didn't really enjoy. That's the difference between competencies and strengths!

Our strengths are what motivate us. They are what give us the energy to perform at our best. And because they provide energy, they also enable us to overcome problems and challenges. Just as we have strengths, we have non-strengths, or the things that suck our energy dry. Non-strengths can also have a huge impact on performance.

Identifying strengths can be tricky because of our tendency to equate strengths with competence! In this session, we will take a fascinating look at the Strengths-Based Leadership Theory approach so that we can identify, harness and really embrace our strengths, and the strengths of our team.

Key topics covered within the webinar

  • Strengths-based theory
  • What are our strengths?
  • How are they different to our competencies?
  • How do we use them?
  • How do we leverage them in our teams?

NB. Can't make the session?
We send out the recording to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

12 February 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
12:00pm - 1:00pm (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
11:30am - 12:30pm (ACDT: SA)
10:30am - 11:30am (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:00am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • CEO/Owners
  • RTO/Compliance Managers
  • Trainers/Assessors
  • Heads of Faculty/Department/Area Managers
  • Consultants
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Developers
  • L & D Managers

What to expect

Presented by Nick McEwan-Hall, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance

NB: Due to intellectual property requirements you will receive a Recording only of this webinar (not a PDF of the PowerPoint)


Nick McEwan-Hall

RTO/Compliance Manager

Nick has been a longstanding and robust contributor to the Australian Vocational Education & Training (VET) sector for over 17 years. A qualified VET practitioner, DISC facilitator, trainer, workplace and business coach, his knowledge of the training and education system is highly acclaimed Australia wide.

Starting his career in Secondary Schools and transitioning to VET, his breadth of experience spans training & assessment, operations, strategic management, client relationship management, quality, data management and instructional design. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Victorian Training Guarantee and has led small to multi-national RTOs and NPOs through external audits.

Nick has a unique ability to break down the ever changing complexities within the VET sector in a practical way which enables organisations to ‘simply get on with their core activities’ with confidence and efficiency.

A committed advocate for equality and vocational opportunities, Nick has worked with many RTOs in the Non For Profit sector including the Brotherhood of St Laurence. His focus and determination for helping others achieve and flourish has resulted in many NFPs not only remaining operable, but commercially sustainable in their provision of training for the unemployed and marginalised.

Volunteering for many years on the Board of Governance at the Fitzroy Learning Network, Nick was a key driver of new program initiatives and fundraising activities to alleviate major learning gaps and lack of opportunities to disadvantaged residents.

In 2012 Nick was a recipient of the ‘Whitelion Chairperson's Award for Employment’. He led his team across a joint partnership with Telstra to deliver programs to unemployed youth which resulted in an unprecedented number of permanent job offers within Telstra call centres.

Nick currently manages an independent RTO, ‘The Open Door Coaching Group’, along with steering his own consulting and coaching practices, ‘Latitude Coaching’ and ‘AVETMESS’. An active presenter at conferences around Australia, he runs training workshops & coaching sessions to a broad range of education and business groups. He speaks on a variety of subjects including change management, workplace values, team building and a wide scope of VET related topics.

When not working, you will find Nick indulging his fascination with Asian art and artefacts, exploring art exhibitions, enjoying an espresso coffee with friends over a joke or two and getting out of the city to wind down and relax.

A fun and straightforward presenter Nick has a knack for striking the elusive balance between theory, practicality, humour and meaningful activity. Participants of Nick’s sessions will leave feeling relaxed and empowered to make a real difference.

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Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter, Nick McEwan-Hall, before the session, please email

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