Undoubtably, Covid-19 is making an impact on our lives. The enforced lock-down is making sure that work and society has changed, perhaps for ever. Whilst there are a great many people that are struggling with a restricted space and possibly no work, the staying at home is making a difference to the health professionals heroically looking after the ill.

Assuming that you are not one of the lucky individuals with a large house, a larger garden, a swimming pool for exercise and a well-stocked larder and wine cellar, then what can you do to make self-isolation more bearable? How can you improve your health, mind and prosperity? Will 2020 be a year for learning rather than earning?

In this podcast, Lynne Magennis talks to Gill Barstow, a Director and an expert in people development and change management at Orbit Business Development about coping with Covid-19.

Orbit Business Development is a specialist people development consultancy delivering bespoke programmes to IT, Finance and Professional Services sectors with particular expertise in:

Gill Barstow

Director, Orbit Business Development

With more than 20 years experience in people development, account management and managing change, Gill acts as the main architect of our development programmes. Her passion is in engaging hearts and minds through coaching and facilitating training sessions, and she also uses best practice standards in evaluating the results. Clients appreciate her combination of business experience and insightful thinking with the people skills it takes to make things happen.


  • 20+ years experience as coach, trainer, consultant and project manager bringing about change in client facing environments
  • 10+ years holding board level positions
  • 17 years experience with National Training Awards, on judging panel and as a mentor, helping clients achieve best practice standards in planning and evaluation of their people development programmes

Key Issues addressed 

  • Developing solution selling skills
  • Developing leaders and managers and introducing a sales coaching culture
  • Engaging hearts and minds
  • Developing skills and capability to meet new challenges
  • Improving service quality and revenue generation
  • Managing change programmes in an integrated, ‘joined-up’ way