Holidays are great, but it’s good to be back in the swing of things. I love cooking and I love food, but more importantly I love sharing this love with other people. Whether you’re a chef, a computer analyst or a teacher, if you have a little bit of knowledge, the greatest joy is giving a little bit of that knowledge to someone else.

I’m quite envious of teachers. My wife Jayne and I have been together since we were 14 years old, and I’ve always enjoyed her anecdotes and stories from her time in the classroom. Her eyes still illuminate on a weekly basis, sharing stories of a child’s new found word or an amazing piece of descriptive writing.

The Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw famously quoted “Those that can do, those that can’t teach.” I’m not too sure about that. Acquiring new knowledge can often provide some of the greatest experiences in people’s lives. Think about the sense of achievement that people feel from passing their driving test or getting the grades they need to get in to college or university.

Having spent time at LVP HQ, these sentiments truly resonate. The event spaces in which teaching take place can make a huge difference to the quality of the training outcomes. Having facilities that mirror sound educational principles and understand the importance of kinaesthetic, audio and visual learning are vital to the success of the day.

As you would expect from me, I always want the food and service to add to any experience that comes into our spaces. Foodie ice breakers can make a great start to any day, dissipating nerves, making people smile and giving them a flavour of new experiences. My personal favourite is the tasting of the infamous durian fruit: it smells like hell, but tastes like heaven. Delegates have to challenge themselves to get over the smell in order to taste the truly delicious durian fruit.


Durian Fruit


Other cool foodie ideas: replace the boring bowls of Haribo and wine gums with rambutans, bite-size protein pebbles and candied mealie worms for the ultimate sugar rush, and an aid to stimulate conversation.

Here at Lime we embrace all things biophilic and outdoors, connecting nature and environments with great learning experiences, understanding the huge difference it can make to how delegates enjoy the training. Venues such as Milton Hill and Weston Park have plenty of outdoor space to accommodate this.

So with training comes a responsibility to ensure people have come away having learnt something new, had a great experience and want to learn more. For me, I like to keep things really simple. There are two types of people in this world: radiators and drains. People who enjoy educating undoubtedly enjoy radiating knowledge. It’s down to each individual as to whether they want this information to drain away or not. So ask yourself, are you a radiator or a drain?

Getting back to George Bernard Shaw, you got it all wrong. “Those that can do, those that want everyone to do teach!”

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