Our Range of Courses:

All of our courses are lively, interactive and delivered at your venue at a time to suit members (daytime, afternoon, evenings and weekends) as required.  Courses are tailor made, lively, practical and reflect the experience and desired outcomes of members in the room.  Please ask for a course flyer, prices and availability.  Multiple course discounts available.

Courses for Councillors

(1) Effective ward leadership and advocacy skills
(2) Managing difficult people and challenging situations
(3) The Secrets of Speed reading and Smart Reading
(4) Media skills awareness for all Councillors
(5) Preparing and delivering speeches (optional microphone skills)
(6) Questioning and Listening Skills (for scrutiny, committee work and casework)
(7) Negotiating and influencing skills
(8) Scrutiny best practice
(9) Confident, safe and effective use of Social media for Councillors
(10) Delivering effective media interviews (half day or Cabinet members/ full day)
(11) Coaching and training support for Planning Committee (D.C) members
(12) The role of the member as a 'Designated Person' in 2014 (complaints against social landlords)
(13) Managing controversial issues and lobby groups
(14) Building Effective Member/ Officer Partnerships
(15) The role of the Councillor in a commissioning environment

Courses for Chairs, Mayors and Cabinet/Executive Members/ Council Leaders

(16) Chairing Skills (for Chairs, Vice Chairs and aspiring Chairs
(17) Delivering Cabinet Reports to Council (including webcasting presentation skills as an option)
(18) Coaching for new 'First Citizens' (Mayors and Chairs)
(19) Building an effective Cabinet Team
(20) Coaching services for the Council Leader, Portfolio Holders and Committee Chairs
(21) 'Life in opposition' group training 

Developing Finance and Audit Skills for all members

(22) Understanding local government finance
(23) Reviewing financial information effectively
(24) The member's role on the Audit Committee
(25) Reviewing the Council's annual financial statements

Training for officers:

(26) Report writing skills
(27) Building an effective officer/ member partnership
(28) Understanding the member opportunity:  The member as entrepreneur, leader and agent of change
(29) Presenting reports to Scrutiny
(30) Presenting Reports in a Webcast and independently filmed environment