Academy

Academy

Events for the freelance community

nurture your potential

We run and develop specific programs for independent professionals and entrepreneurs who wish to thrive in their personal lives and with their professional aims.

Through our paid Academy courses and free weekly events freelancers can acquire the skills and understanding that will help them become successful. Our Academy is free for all persons who work through Keen Folk as Freelancers.  

Become the fullest expression of yourself through learning and development.

Other courses coming soon

We are currently developing a selection of courses particularly aimed at freelancers and also entrepreneurs.   Their aim is to provide you with all the necessary personal and professional tools o be, and continue to be, successful in your chosen field of activity.  Below is a snapshot of what we have coming very soon, so please come back regularly. 

Successful Negotiating skills & Techniques

We all negotiate on a daily basis. On a personal level, we negotiate with friends, family, landlords, car sellers and employers, among others. Negotiation is also the key to business success and no business or freelancer can survive without profitable contracts.  In the course, you’ll learn about and practice the four steps to a successful negotiation: (1) Prepare: Plan Your Negotiation Strategy (2) Negotiate: Use Key Tactics for Success (3) Close: Create a Contract (4) Perform and Evaluate: The End Game To successfully complete this course and improve your ability to negotiate.

Develop self-confidence and assertiveness

Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it.  This and lack of assertiveness can get in the way of getting successful projects and much more.  Being self-confidence is more than just getting over nerves there is a whole are to it.  When combined to the principles of assertiveness the result in a powerful and impactful person ready to develop solid professional relationships, while inspire others through confidence. 

Effective networking and professional pitches

While effective networking is more an art than a science, there are number of clear ways to become more effective.  Being prepared before meeting people, knowing how to engage and present yourself, make a personal impact and deliver an effective business pitch.  This is about the high touch and adding value to the exchange, distinguishing yourself, while using certain communication techniques to greatest effect.  Being an effective networker will certainly make the difference between being a successful freelancer or living on the breadline.

Communication and presentation skills

Presentation are the daily rituals for a person in business.  In fact, how well we succeed in business closely tied to how well we present and communicate information.   Knowing how to deliver information to have a greater impact, will be key in obtaining the right professional outcomes with people or organisations we wish to work with.   There are many moving parts to these areas and it is vital to understand the different audiences, sell our ideas and lay the groundwork for important decisions. 

Sales & Marketing

Building Sales and Marketing into your business in a structured way will dictate how much business you can generate.  For any business to self-sustain itself a customer acquisition process is essential. There are right ways to build a sales and marketing process is to design it around your customers and there are wrong ways.  Your process should be designed around your customers and not what you wish to happen.  Being client centric requires the right mix of marketing and sales in order to understand your ultimate clients and deliver the business outcomes you can monetize.

The skills of Self Management

For a freelancer, switching from the structured employee environment to the open environment of a freelancer can be challenging.  It is therefore vital to get our self-management system up and running as soon as possible.   Among other things this means, establishing a framework for clarity, focus, time management, priority settings and accountability systems.  And while getting your work done on a timely basis is important so too is deriving satisfaction and nourishment from this.