Idea Time Academy

Being the most AWESOME facilitator you can be just got a whole lot easier…

You’re just moments away from the trainings, toolkits and support you need to expand your creativity, impact and confidence as a facilitator.

Does any of this sound familiar?
  • You’re a great facilitator, trainer, knowledge exchange professional or consultant but would love to up-level your results with fresh ideas, techniques and approaches
  • You spend hours designing your facilitation agendas and events, and would love to have access to a ready-made library of off-the-shelf time-savers
  • You enjoy your role, but would love to be part of a kind, creative and supportive community of like-minded facilitators
  • Your career is up-and running, but you’d like to take it to the next level and get the personal and business rewards and returns that you’re seeking

If the answer is YES, then the Idea Time Academy is definitely the right place for you!

Idea Time Academy members are facilitators, HR or learning and development professionals, knowledge exchange, innovation and collaboration leaders.

We work with business, public sector, not-for-profit or community organisations.

We all share a common goal which is to serve our delegates and clients from the inside out, to reach people, connect better and achieve more useful and purposeful outcomes, because we bring our whole, best selves into the room.

Here’s what inspired me to create the
Idea Time Academy

Hi. I’m Dr. Jo North, and I love designing and facilitating workshops, meetings and events.

I’ve facilitated thousands of people internationally, and work with facilitators just like you to help them expand their confidence, creativity and impact.I’m want share with you how to…

  • Be the most awesome facilitator that you can be
  • Design and deliver events that get fantastic results
  • Use productivity hacks so that you can level up your impact and spend time on the things that matter

Introducing the Idea Time Academy

The Idea Time Academy is a unique training, ideas and resources community for facilitators.

It’s packed with in depth, practical masterclasses, technique libraries, toolkits, cheat sheets, checklists and resources.

It’s also important that you invest time in yourself – in what you want, and in your own personal and career development. So, you’ll have access to my signature Idea Time programme to help you facilitate yourself in working towards your big ambitious goals, and my Perform leadership development video and playbook course. Inside.

PLUS, I will be there to support and coach you, help you with event design and client management on a one-to-one basis on phone or email whenever you need it. Just email or phone me and we will book in a time to talk.

How the Idea Time Academy Will Help You

Build facilitation practices that you love doing, that free up your time, generate fantastic results and finally give you the freedom and space to develop your creativity

Attract more facilitation clients internally or externally and create even more true fans of your work. This means you’ll build more, lasting client relationships that align to your mission, purpose and values

Get an in-depth understanding of the human factors of change, innovation, decision-making and behaviours, meaning that you can make an impact a deeper and more meaningful level

Eliminate the feeling that you’re repeating the same activities over and over. You’ll love the brilliant range of new and fresh techniques, and step-by-step guides on how to use them

Curate tools and techniques from across diverse facilitation methods – design thinking, innovation sprints, creative problem solving and more – to expand your repertoire and help you stand out

Become massively better at managing your facilitation practice, tasks and productivity on a day-to-day basis, so that you feel less overwhelm and have more time for you    

What makes the Idea Time Academy special?

Access to expertise

Make the most of my 30 years in business leadership, facilitation practice and proven track record of getting results for client at the same time as creating an awesome delegate experience.

I facilitate too

I’m a successful facilitator too, with an exceptional track record. I train other people to up-level their facilitation skills. I’m in there with you, and always up-to-speed with the latest trends, research and practical techniques.

Community values

Become an important member of a growing, values-based community of values-based facilitators like you. Share your expertise to help others and tap into the support and experience that they can share with you.

Creative facilitation skills

Real-life facilitation

I will share my journey, insights, lessons learned, successes and ‘oops’ moments transparently with you. We are in the business of real-life facilitation, let’s do this openly and honestly together.

Straightforward and inspiring

An experience that is practical and pragmatic, as well as being thought-provoking and inspiring. Select the items that are right for you and your needs.

My personal commitment

You have my personal commitment that I will do my best to help you to succeed and grow. This means you will direct phone and email access to me, in person, when you need it.

Meet Me – the Founder of Idea Time

I’m the Managing Director of The Big Bang Partnership Ltd, a commercial innovation consultancy that works with businesses to help them to innovate and grow.

I have leading-edge expertise in working with companies to optimise their commercial creative potential build an innovative, entrepreneurial capability into organisational culture.

I’m also currently  Technology and Transformation Director for Port of Tyne, leading the strategy and development of the Port’s #2050InnovationHub and open innovation programme.

My experience includes working in a variety of different industries – from accountancy to retailing, publishing and transport, where I’ve gained significant experience of working at Board level across a number of sector-leading businesses.

I’m an Associate Lecturer at the University of York where I design and deliver corporate training in business creativity and innovation in the UK and overseas. I taught the Ideation, Marketing and Strategy modules of the University of York’s MSc in Engineering Management for 8 years.

Driven by my passion for helping individuals and organisations to succeed and achieve their full potential, I achieved my PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of York in my late forties, in 2016, by studying part time and working full time.

I’m a published author and founder of the successful Idea Time® brand, designed to give leaders and managers the insights and skills they need to successfully tackle complex business challenges and succeed in their career.

My specialities are: facilitating innovation and transformation; leading innovation and creativity; growth; executive development; innovation culture; coaching; conference facilitation; workshop and learning design and development. 

Five Ways to Grow Inside the Idea Time Academy

Your Personal Roadmap

Leverage your unique facilitation style.

Take my quick and easy quiz to learn more about your own awesome, unique facilitation style, and get a personalised roadmap to help you level up your skills and confidence, access new tools and techniques and save time.

Courses & Masterclasses

Over 35 courses and masterclasses covering all aspects of awesome facilitation.

Do you prefer to learn on your own, or need something a bit more advanced? The Idea Time Academy course library contains exclusive, invaluable in-depth training and bite-sized masterclasses, on subjects such as business, personal and career development for facilitators, understanding creativity and group dynamics, and different facilitation methods and approaches.

Learn what you need and want at a time, place and pace to suit you.

New content is added weekly, and at least one new course is added into the Idea Time Academy every month. You’ll get access to my full training and toolkit archive as soon as you join.

Facilitators’ Content Studio

Save time and expand your repertoire with fully downloadable facilitation toolkits, activities and agendas.

Of course, you can create your own agendas and facilitation plans – but sometimes you don’t have the time to do the thinking and research, let alone create a plan and all the materials you need. Or, you might have shaped a great workshop design but want to spice it up with some fresh ideas and creativity.

When you join the Idea Time Academy you will have access to literally hundreds of creative facilitation tools and techniques that will inspire you with fresh ideas and save you so much time and energy. They’re all designed so that you tweak and adapt them for your event. Your Idea Time Academy membership will more than pay for itself in terms of the hours you’ll save and the new ideas you’ll have!

Direct Access to Me

Save time and expand your repertoire with fully downloadable facilitation toolkits, activities and agendas.

Of course, you can create your own agendas and facilitation plans – but sometimes you don’t have the time to do the thinking and research, let alone create a plan and all the materials you need. Or, you might have shaped a great workshop design but want to spice it up with some fresh ideas and creativity.

When you join the Idea Time Academy you will have access to literally hundreds of creative facilitation tools and techniques that will inspire you with fresh ideas and save you so much time and energy. They’re all designed so that you tweak and adapt them for your event. Your Idea Time Academy membership will more than pay for itself in terms of the hours you’ll save and the new ideas you’ll have!

Monthly Masterminds

Maybe you have some great facilitation opportunities and events coming up, and want to bounce some ideas around?

Every month I’ll be hosting a live mastermind where every attendee gets a go in the hot seat if they’d like to. Join me live to get your questions answered and your ideas even better!

Here's how to convince any boss!

Idea 1

Show how joining the Idea Time Academy will help you and your boss achieve your business goals

If the goal is business growth – joining the Idea Time Academy will help you take your workshop design and facilitation skills to the next level so that you will create an even better delegate and client experience. You will generate more repeat business, and spend less time preparing for workshops due to the Idea Time productivity hacks, extensive technique libraries and time saver toolkits. You can even access business growth and development resources for facilitators to help grow the business.

If the goal is cultural change or business transformation – joining the Idea Time Academy will give you direct access to the latest, science-backed tools and techniques for facilitating sustained, positive change through masterclasses, e-books, webinars and more.

If the goal is product, service, cultural or business model innovation – you will experience deep insights into the psychology of individual and collective innovation and have the very best innovation techniques from the schools of design thinking, innovation sprints and creative problem solving on tap. Online seminars, masterclasses, training, toolkits and more will help you stay fresh and innovative yourself in your design and delivery methods.

Idea 2

Show the return on investment

Joining the Idea Time Academy isn’t a cost, it’s an investment.

Your Idea Time Academy membership will more than pay for itself in terms of the hours you’ll save and the new ideas you’ll have!

You’ll also have direct online and phone access to me, a leading expert in the field of the facilitation of entrepreneurship, innovation and transformational change any time you need it. All included.

You’ll learn from someone who is a proven expert, who walks the talk and will support you every step of the way.

You can choose from either an annual membership or monthly payment plan

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

One-off, up-front payment of £260 plus VAT *UNTIL 30 APRIL 2020*

At just £260 plus VAT for a full year of online trainings, toolkits, coaching sessions and resources,if you sign up before the end of April 2020, that’sthe equivalent of just £5 plus VAT per week! And you’ll get new additions in the Idea Time Academy every single week that on their own are worth much than a fiver!

From 1st May 2020, the Idea Time Academy annual membership will go up to £360 plus VAT. So, now’s the time to join.

MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN

12 monthly payments of £25 plus VAT *UNTIL 30 APRIL 2020*

To help with your cashflow, there’s also the option to pay for your annual membership in 12 monthly payments of £25 plus VAT. This works out a little bit more over the course of the year than a one-off, annual payment because it means more admin costs for us, but still works out at just £300 plus VAT for the full year.

From 1st May 2020, the monthly payment for the annual membership will go up to £35 plus VAT per month, or £420 plus VAT for the full year’s membership.

When you join the Idea Time Academy, you are fully protected by my 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don’t feel like you’ve received value and you decide you want to cancel anytime within the first 14 days of joining, just let me know and I will refund you quickly and with no quibbles.

I’m certain that you’ll find the Idea Time Academy super-helpful, but if you’re not happy and would like a refund in those 14 days, I will action it for you without any faff or fuss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Definitely. The Idea Time Academy includes training and resources designed to help beginners all the way through to the most experienced facilitators. In fact, now is a great time for you to join the Idea Time Academy. You’ll be able to access training that will take you through every step, and you'll also be able to get support and advice from within the community, to help you on your journey as you develop your facilitation skills.

The Idea Time Academy is ideal for supporting your continuing professional development as a trained and experienced facilitator. You will learn new skills and techniques to complement your current practice, expand your network and benefit from all the productivity hacks and time saver toolkits inside the Academy. We are certainly not a "beginner only" community - far from it! Our members include highly skilled and experienced facilitators, so there's plenty of expertise on offer that you can tap into for your continued growth.

Join the Idea Time Academy before 30th April 2020 and you will also get…

  • A pack of my Idea Time ‘what if’ facilitation cards, worth £25 plus VAT.
  • A free invitation to one of my Idea Time – Creative Facilitation Skills in person workshops and masterminds, valued at £290 plus VAT.
  • A special-edition printed and online creative toolkit of over 100 facilitation activities and techniques, exclusive to Idea Time Academy members, so it’s priceless!

Join the Idea Time Academy before 30th April 2020 and you will also get these goodies in the mail…

  • A pack of my Idea Time ‘what if’ facilitation cards, worth £25 plus VAT.
  • A free invitation to one of my Idea Time – Creative Facilitation Skills in person workshops and masterminds, valued at £290 plus VAT.
  • A special-edition printed and online creative toolkit of over 100 facilitation activities and techniques, exclusive to Idea Time Academy members, so it’s priceless!

At just £260 plus VAT for a full year of online trainings, toolkits, coaching sessions and resources, if you sign up before the end of April 2020, that’s the equivalent of just £5 plus VAT per week! And you’ll get new additions in the Idea Time Academy every single week that on their own are worth much than a fiver!

From 1st May 2020, the Idea Time Academy annual membership will go up to £360 plus VAT. So, now’s the time to join.

To help with your cashflow, there’s also the option to pay for your annual membership in 12 monthly payments of £25 plus VAT. This works out a little bit more over the course of the year than a one-off, annual payment because it means more admin costs for us, but still works out at just £300 plus VAT for the full year.

From 1st May 2020, the monthly payment for the annual membership will go up to £35 plus VAT per month, or £420 plus VAT for the full year’s membership.

I really think that you will LOVE the Idea Time Academy, however, if for whatever reason you're not 100% satisfied in any way I have a 14 day money back guarantee (no questions asked).

I want you to be the most awesome and confident facilitator that you can be, and know that when you become a member of the Idea Time Academy and really use the materials you will see fantastic results.

I have a 14 day money back guarantee (no questions asked) - if you’re not happy within the first 14 days and ask for a refund, you will get your money back without any quibbles. After those first 14 days, the membership is a 12 month commitment. You can cancel anytime as long as you complete your 12 month payment commitment in full.

No. Your membership entitles you to enter the Idea Time Academy and access the content there released prior and during the duration of your membership. If you cancel or do not renew your membership you will no longer have access to the content inside the Idea Time Academy.

If there’s anything you're not sure about, or that I haven’t made clear, then please do get in touch with direct at jo@ideatime.co.uk and I will help.