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Previous Workshop Clients/Attendees include:

  • All of Go Apes site managers (As part of their managament training week).
  • Vertex Instructor Training, Dorset.
  • Calvert Trust, Lake District.
  • Zip World, North Wales(Members of senior ops staff).
  • Rock Reef, Bournemouth.
  • Grenville House OEC, Brixham.

Plus freelance Instructors, Centre managers, Outdoor Business owners/Directors.

The 'Monkeys Sometimes Fall Out of Trees' project is a series of workshops, coaching sessions, articles, videos and tips that are aimed to help people take a more proactive approach to improving their decision making skills.    We are all after improved outcomes for ourselves, our organisations and our clients but those outcomes depend hugely on our actions & those actions are a result of our decisions & the many factors that can affect & influence them.

Sustainable improvement in our desired outcomes requires attention and effort to be applied to those factors (positive & negative) that affect our decisions. This is why I do what I do - to help others achieve sustainable improvement in their decision making skills so that they, their organisations and clients can enjoy the benefits.

Reasons why we might want or need to work on our decision making skills:

1. Maintain/protect our current decision making skills, abilities and strengths.

2. Improve/upgrade to be better able to meet the demands of a higher qualification, more senior role, added responsibility or to stay ahead of the game.

3. Repair/fix bad habits and tendencies. To strengthen weakness and 'stack things in our favour rather than leave them to chance.

4. Because our decisions drive our actions and our actions influence outcomes (& we have more control over our decisions than we realise). 


The 3 key Benefits from adopting a Proactive Approach to Improving Decision Making:

 1. Positive Client Experiences    

2. More Robust Safety Standards  

 3. Supportive, Enjoyable Working Environments

The 3 factors above are essential for a successful Adventurous Activity business or organisation,

take care of these and income, staff retention and positive session outcomes are a lot easier to achieve...

"Monkeys Sometimes Fall Out of Trees" was absolutley fantastic!" J Boulton, Activities Manager, Adventure Learning Foundation.


A workshop for all adventurous activity professionals which will provide the following:

  • Background information of some of the factors that can influences decision making skills and why they affect us.

  • Increased awareness of when, where and how these factors can or do show up in your day to day.

  • You’ll have strategies, tips and tools to reduce or counter their effect.

  • Ways of using different types of accountability to help with adherence & improve your 'response - ability'.

  As someone who runs his own business in the outdoor industry as well as working for others I can empathise with the aims, fears and challenges that we encounter daily during our working lives.   The trust we have to put in others to deliver to standard the need to be on top of our own game - every session, every trip, every course, for every client.  As instructors, managers, leaders, coaches, guides and trainers the decisions and judgements we make have far reaching consequences and more often than not they are positive life enhancing ones.  However there are a lot of factors that can influence our usually sound judgement skills and this workshop provides a carefully structured process that looks to improve those skills at a fundamental level - by tackling the negative/detrimental behaviours, beliefs, assumptions and other factors that determine our actions and their consequences.  Only by working at this fundamental level can you gain sustainable long term improvement in decision making and work towards the 3 key benefits mentioned above.

"Having spent the day with JP I can say that I left with my eyes being made to open wide and view the bigger picture around my work which includes a mixture of office + outdoor instructing. Both aspects of my role greatly benefited from the interaction with JP and I notice more about myself and my habits during my daily work. It is obvious that JP has a passion and vastly more knowledge than he can squeeze into the day course and I will certainly book on other sessions he is running in the future." Mark Bessell - Ashton Court School.

If you are a dedicated conscientious adventurous activity professional committed to making the right decisions for your client, business or organisation and improving overall client experience then you've come to the right place.....

I created the 'Monkeys' project following work I’ve done to improve my levels of delivery and professionalism and am now excited to be able to share some of that work which I’ve refined into the 7A's process and the sections listed below.   I’ve carefully structured these sections and the course delivery to create something powerful, effective and with practical applications. 

Acquisition - Acceptance - Awareness - Assumption of Ownership - Addition - Application - Accountability

Email jp@the-outeredge.co.uk for more information or to make a booking.