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How To Run A Personal Development Course

How do you plan a successful personal development course? First, let’s talk about what we mean when we say ‘personal development’? These days, it’s a term frequently thrown around without much meaningful substance attached to it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. In fact, it could be more important than ever before.

The definition we like best here at High TrenHouse is “Personal development is the conscious choice to improve one’s life to become a better person and to grow as an individual.” Given the beautiful, tranquil and spacious setting High Trenhouse offers, it is no wonder, therefore, that facilitators flock to this venue to run their personal development courses and seminars. After all, where better than a countryside retreat to reach inside of yourself and grow to be better?

How do you apply this to your own personal development course? Let’s find out.

What is a Personal Development Course?

There are many terms for a Personal Development Course, including Life Coaching and Personality Development, but really they all focus on improving one thing: You. It outlines plans and ideas for future actions, and helps with preparation to achieve these goals. It can be very effective at giving a clear vision of where you and your clients want to see themselves in the next few years, and from that you can knowingly work towards becoming that person.

These courses are commonly prepared in the workplace so that employees can develop strategies to progress in their roles and careers. Creating a good plan not only provides focus to an individual’s future but also helps to make better decisions for career growth and success.

But what if you already know what your life goals are? Why do you need a Personal Development Course then? The answer is that there are various stages to Personal Development, and valuable insights to be made at each of them, likely things that never crossed your mind. Upon having these insights, you’d find greater clarity on how to achieve your goals and aspirations.

On top of this, it helps identify strengths and weaknesses meaning you can focus working on improving these parts of your personality and life over others. This helps you understand where you are compared to where you want to be, and is an effective tool for reflection. Practising self-analysis can also contribute to more effective decision making which only adds to achieving your goals more efficiently.

How to Create Your Personal Development Course

Set Goals

Before you and your clients figure out how you’re going to achieve your goals, first you need to know what they are. How do you set personal development goals? Whether it’s short term goals or long term goals, it’s better to list them in terms of personal priority, and then structure them in a way that makes them feel easy to achieve. Have clear and concise steps that all work towards reaching your ultimate goal, and don’t make the feat seem as daunting.

Think about what they’ve achieved so far and how satisfied they are with that progress. While outlining goals, try and think about which tasks your clients find more difficult than others and rank them. Once you have the answers, ask your clients what they want to improve and where they want to be in the next three to five years. This should all help conjure up a clear vision for you and your clients to work towards.

Prioritise Goals

Now the goals are prepared, we need to prioritise them into what can realistically be done now and what can be done in the future. Nobody can complete their goal and accomplish all these tasks at once, so think about the time and resources at your disposal, and order these tasks in relation to that. But how do you prioritise personal development goals? You have to encourage baby steps; as long as there’s progress, no matter how small, you won’t be stagnating or moving backwards: you’ll reach your goals and become the person you set out to be.

Set Deadlines

We know. We all hate deadlines. But there’s a very good reason why they’re there. They both ensure progress and create feelings of guilt if they haven’t been met. Both can be seen as positives. It’s good to feel guilty, because it shows you care about making this progress. Encourage your clients to set realistic but also challenging deadlines and they’ll find themselves working harder to achieve their goals.


Reflection is a very powerful tool in Personal Development. It shows where you were and where you are now, and you can clearly see the steps made and exactly how they’ve been made. There comes a certain pride in reflection, and one that will make you and your clients want to keep improving. But, reflection can be hard. How do you accurately reflect on personal development? It begins with being honest with yourself. What did you want to achieve and did you achieve it? The more visibility you have on this, the better your reflection will be. But don’t worry, it isn’t easy the first time around. When you’ve finished your Personal Development Course, you might find you want to improve even further, and follow these steps all over again.

Need a Venue for Your Personal Development Courses?

Be it two guests or 28, our facilities at High Trenhouse are specifically designed to ensure that you have everything you need for a successful personal development course. Surrounded by 3.25 acres of beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery, it’s the perfect place for you and your clients to priorities, set deadlines and reflect.

Get in touch with us to find out more about running your next event.

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