Generation Next programme for 2024

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Posted on: 16/01/2024

Our learning and development initiative aims to empower young professionals in the East Midlands by providing them with a diverse range of skills and opportunities to excel in their careers.

In conjunction with our networking events, the themes covered will shape our webinar series and document library, which houses advice sheets and media related to various skills and topics.

Furthermore, we facilitate coaching and mentoring opportunities through the Generation Next mentoring scheme, where our members can connect with accomplished business leaders from different backgrounds and industries to gain insights and guidance.

To access this support package, consider becoming a part of our membership community.  Get in touch with the team to discuss our membership package by emailing

January – The Art of Selling for Non-Sales Professionals

Are you looking to master the art of persuasion and communication, even if you’re not in a traditional sales role? We will explore the secrets to successful selling that go beyond typical sales techniques.

Our January webinar will be tailored to professionals from all backgrounds, who want to enhance their ability to influence and achieve their goals.

Whether you’re a business owner, a creative artist, manager, or simply interested in improving your interpersonal skills, we will empower you with the tools and mindset necessary to excel in any situation that requires effective communication and persuasion.

Key takeaways:

  • Gain valuable sales insights and tips from the experiences of an expert speaker.
  • An opportunity to get your questions answered at a Q&A session.
  • Study real-life success stories to apply key learnings to leverage skills non-sales situations and roles.
  • Effective sales techniques to improve negotiation outcomes and build professional relationships.
  • Learn how to be a persuasive communicator to assist in meeting your objectives.

February – Assertiveness for Career Development

The ability to express your opinions positively and with confidence is a key skill that can help young professionals to better manage themselves, people and situations. Assertiveness can help with the development of strong work relationships and help you influence others to gain acceptance, agreement, or behavioural change.

Learning how to become assertive at work is crucial to anyone’s career. By having a confident, respectful demeanour that allows you to communicate well with others, it can lead to productive and positive interactions at work which may lead to effective team building, leadership development and collaboration.

Key takeaways

  • The principles of assertiveness
  • How to have courageous conversations
  • How assertiveness can help you progress within your career

March – The Flexible Leader – The Future of Leading Hybrid Teams

Are you ready to embrace the future of leadership in a rapidly evolving work landscape?

Generation Next will equip you with the essential skills and strategies to excel in leading hybrid teams.

As remote work and hybrid models become more prevalent, the role of leaders is undergoing a profound transformation. To succeed in this new era, leaders must adapt their leadership style to effectively manage teams across physical and virtual environments.

Key takeaways:

  • Explore the benefits and challenges of hybrid work models and their impact on leadership dynamics.
  • Learn how to modify your leadership approach to suit the needs of a diverse and dispersed team.
  • Learn communication techniques to serve a virtual team and create an inclusive work environment.
  • Goal setting techniques and performance metrics which align to a hybrid model.

April – The Art of Public Speaking

Are you ready to captivate any audience and leave a lasting impression with your powerful and persuasive speeches? In April, Generation Next will focus on mastering the art of delivering compelling speeches and presentations with confidence and finesse.

Public speaking is an essential skill that can open doors to new opportunities, boost your professional profile, and empower you to inspire others with your words. Whether you’re a seasoned speaker looking to refine your techniques or an aspiring communicator seeking to overcome stage fright, our event this month is designed to cater to all skill levels.

Key takeaways:

  • Discover the key elements of impactful communication and how to convey your message with clarity, purpose, and authenticity.
  • Learn proven strategies to conquer nervousness and performance anxiety, allowing you to speak confidently in any situation.
  • Understand the significance of non-verbal cues and gestures, and how to use them to enhance your presence and connect with your audience.
  • Gain insights into crafting persuasive and memorable speeches that resonate with your audience.
  • Learn to use visuals, such as slides and multimedia, effectively to support your message and add depth to your presentation.

May – Wellbeing

Workplace wellbeing relates to all aspects of working life, from the quality and safety of the physical environment, to how you feel about your workplace, colleagues, and organisation.

Your wellbeing is a key factor in determining your organisation’s long-term effectiveness. Studies show a direct link between productivity and the general health and wellbeing of the workforce.

Even on your best days, stress can prevent you from being fully focused and unable to complete tasks to the best of your ability. Too much stress can often lead to burnout, disengagement, sick days, and strained relationships within the workplace.

Key takeaways:

  • Healthier habits for you to adopt such a healthy eating and regular exercise to help you reduce your stress levels.
  • How to maintain a healthy routine to ensure a good work – life balance.
  • Ways you can remain mindful during the working day.

June – The Power of Making Connections

Unleash the power of networking with the help of Generation Next to forge meaningful connections both personally and professionally.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a working professional, a student, or an individual seeking personal growth, we will help you harness the power of networking to achieve your goals.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn practical strategies to approach networking with confidence, authenticity, and purpose.
  • Learn how to utilise social media platforms as powerful tools for building professional connections and personal branding.
  • Understand the importance of authenticity in forging meaningful connections. Learn how to nurture relationships and turn them into valuable, mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Address common networking challenges and fears and develop strategies to overcome them.

July – Generation Next Awards

In July, we are hosting the Generation Next Awards ceremony, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of young professionals within our community.

We’re returning to Bustler Market in Derby, for an awards ceremony like no other – where you can sample street food, craft beer and cocktails, and experience live music while catching up with your peers in Bustler’s lively beer garden.

Book your tickets early here:

August – Recommended Reads

Whether you need some help creating a business strategy or are looking for new ways to brainstorm ideas, a good place to find those answers is in a good book – but it can be hard to know where to start. This month, Generation Next will explore recommended reads by industry experts via its online channels.

September – Emotional Intelligence

Generation Next will explore the critical skills that foster self-awareness, empathy and effective interpersonal relationships, and how these attributes can be applied to your job.

An expert speaker will unravel the secrets of understanding and managing your emotions while enhancing your connections with others. This month’s interactive webinar, will enable you to gain practical tools to navigate life’s emotional complexities.

Key takeaways:

  • Discover how to recognise and understand your own emotions, paving the way for improved self-awareness. Uncover your strengths and weaknesses and gain insight into how your emotions impact your decisions and relationships.
  • Learn the art of empathy, allowing you to connect more deeply with others. Explore techniques to better understand their feelings, perspectives, and needs, ultimately fostering more productive relationships both personally and professionally.
  • Acquire strategies to manage your emotions under pressure, reducing stress and enhancing clear decision-making. Develop the ability to adapt and respond to various situations with grace, resilience, and emotional intelligence, so you can thrive in diverse environments.

October – Empowering through Inclusive Leadership

Generation Next will explore the transformative power of inclusive leadership in today’s diverse world.

Discover strategies to foster an inclusive culture that celebrates differences, maximises potential and drives innovation. This month’s interactive webinar, will focus on practical insights and tools to harness the strength of diversity. Generation Next will help you unlock the full potential of individuals across your organisation, forging a path to a more equitable and successful future.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn a comprehensive framework for fostering an inclusive workplace, enabling you to contribute to an environment where all team members feel valued, heard, and motivated to contribute their best.
  • Gain insights into practical strategies to attract and retain diverse talent, promoting a richer tapestry of perspectives and experiences that fuel innovation and success.
  • Hear from an accomplished leader who has effectively championed inclusivity, offering real-world examples and actionable advice to inspire and guide your own inclusive leadership journey.

November – Unlocking your Project Management Skills

Generation Next will delve into the intricacies of project management, to enable you to gain invaluable insights and practical tips to enhance your organisation skills.

This month’s interactive session will cover essential strategies to streamline processes, overcome challenges, and elevate project outcomes.

Key takeaways:

  • Master effective communication within a project team.
  • Understand agile methodologies that you can adapt to changing project requirements.
  • Learn project management tools for efficient planning and execution.
  • Understand managing project risks and mitigating potential obstacles.
  • Gain insight and enhance stakeholder engagement for project buy-in and success.

December – The Power of Effective Coaching and Mentoring

Generation Next will bring together industry experts from its mentoring team to discuss valuable insights and actionable strategies to enable you to get the most from a coaching and mentoring relationship.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to establish meaningful connections with your mentor and help create a coaching environment conducive to growth.
  • Explore effective communication techniques to foster understanding, trust, and collaboration.
  • Understand the art of setting and achieving realistic goals through coaching and mentoring, enhancing both personal and professional development.
  • Gain insights into assessing and measuring the success of coaching and mentoring programs, ensuring continuous improvement and tangible outcomes.


To register for  the Generation Next events programme visit, or get in touch with the team at to discuss your membership package with the team.

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