Alongisde SELA, Zak Nicholls this year led the delivery of the Institute of Chemical Engineering's Frank Morton Sports Day in Sheffield, and was delighted that this event was recently recognised as Event of the Year in the Sheffield Students' Union Activities Awards. Here, he reflects on how learning from SELA helped him succeed in planning and hosting the event.
The workshops which gave me the skills to help with the event was the Project & Workload management which was delivered by Richard Wheatley at Dyson. This enhanced the skills I already had in time management. From this workshop, I learned the importance of using tools to plan - an app or sheet of paper to keep track of what was required to be done ensuring productivity. Along with this, Richard gave us some hints and tricks on how best to handle the workload, the key point was the sectioning of a large project into smaller pieces so the progress can be measured.
In early November SELA took part in the developing and pitching a business case workshop, which taught us how to sell an idea. This was useful as we were having to do this for Frank Morton selling tickets to students. I learnt the use of specific language and the ways in which sentences/statements are phrased are important to convince people.
Looking back on the day it was a rewarding but challenging experience, working for 25 hours straight, to ensure the event ran smoothly. Reacting to problems as they appeared, all to ensure the effect on the participants was minimised. Our motto for the day was “It’s only a minor problem”: we recognised that you couldn’t plan for every eventuality and to be an effective leader you need to be able to response to situations, this allowed us an adaptable approach.