Hear from Nick Buckley about his transformative journey as a licensed trainer and the profound impact he has made on the lives of others.

Nick Buckley – Freelance Navigator Men’s Development Programme Trainer Case Study

Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to be a Springboard Consultancy licensed trainer?

‘My academic pathway started in mechanical engineering, but then I switched to philosophy of science and went on to complete a postgraduate degree looking at robotics, consciousness, and minds etc.

After working in the UK Civil Service for a while I became the project manager to launch the BBC website which led to working in the digital marketing space for big organisations. There’s a nice link there as I know Springboard Consultancy started working with the BBC with the Springboard Women’s Development programme in the 1980’s.

After taking the leap and becoming self-employed, to focus more on helping people to develop themselves. This led me to have my first encounter with Springboard Consultancy and the Navigator Men’s Development Programme.’

What was your first experience of Navigator?

‘I was brought in to support Springboard Consultancy to transition their trainer licensing programme to being delivered online. My first encounter with the Navigator programme was to observe in the background whilst someone else taught the programme, to understand how best to approach this.’

“I’ve not come across anything that works like Navigator Men’s Development Programme, because it has evolved over 20 years, so for me the excitement, and the pleasure, other than each successive programme, is to be a part of where Navigator goes next and seeing how we can make it even better.”

What are the benefits of being a Springboard Consultancy licensed trainer?

‘I like the flexibility of being a freelance trainer, and I embrace the fact that sometimes I have busier periods and sometimes I have quieter periods. However, this has developed my ability to switch off and on when I need to, which has really supported my work/life balance.

I also like that the holistic approach often comes as a surprise to people, such as how, when and why they signed up, and they may not have thought about it before day one. It’s exciting to see the penny drop with people that this is a license to think about everything that they do and the connections between the things that they do. It’s amazing to see what the Navigator Men’s Personal Development Programme can do.’

As I was observing I felt I was getting involved more and more, because I was just so impressed by the impact, the outcomes, and the change that I saw in people between the beginning and the end of the programme. At that point I decided to become a licensed trainer and the rest as they say is history.’

Has the trainer network played an impact in your role as a freelance trainer?

‘For me, it’s been trainers that I’ve worked with, and now that we’re post-pandemic, I can get to know people more fully to compare notes about what we’re doing and how we do it, but I think it’s been important because it’s about how we adapt what we’ve got and maintaining consistency across trainers.’

What do you find the most rewarding parts of being a trainer?

‘It must be the end, where people prepare personal statements. The effect of the workshops means that people come out with very different outcomes to what they would have on day one, and it’s often very moving, as well as my self-improvement journey.’

“Most of the time people are comfortable in what they say. Navigator creates something very special at the end of the programme. It’s satisfying because you’ve created the environment on which people have been able to reach their goals and can continue to do so. The fact that Navigator is about practicality and action allows people to take new steps and achieve their goals.”

Can you share any stories that stand out to you as a trainer that makes you feel proud?

‘At around three-quarters of the way through one programme, somebody spoke about when they had first come out to their parents about their sexuality. But then they took a long pause, and quite emotionally shared the realisation that this was the first point in the programme that they had shared anything about their sexuality. This obviously marked a big shift in how comfortable they were about being open with the group… and so everyone felt privileged that they were trusted to be a part of that moment.’

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a licensed trainer?

‘Find out more and explore. Step one would be get exposure of the programme as a participant, because then you can hold that up against whatever interests, aspirations, and skills you’ve got, and you can look at your own values and turn them into goals too.

Being a trainer is very rewarding, but of course, it can be challenging. If you want to do it, be the best you can.’


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