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19/05/20

At The Pickering Group, we’ve always been champions of spoken business communication that leads with clarity, confidence and compassion. We’ve all seen the importance of these qualities over the past few months: effective communication has been crucial for both our physical and emotional wellbeing. 
 
Clarity, confidence and compassion in your spoken business communication has never been more important, and we’re here to help.
 
Here’s how we can support you right now across the three most common scenarios we’re hearing about:
 
 
Scenario 1: Working remotely is here to stay for us and our people need support now.
 
Virtual Presenting & Communication Skills Course: We’ve adapted our flagship business presentation skills programme for the virtual world so you or your people can master the online environment. Hosted live, in short sessions with small groups, this tailorable programme covers all the fundamentals of effective remote business presenting. Find out more here.
 
 
Scenario 2: We’re undergoing a staged office re-entry and we’re looking ahead to support our team with their presentation skills and business storytelling.
 
Pencil in an in-house programme: Our training calendar is back open for the next three quarters, but we understand every organisation will have a different policy on when to resume working with external providers. Our position is this: We’re ready when you are. If you’re ready to pencil some dates, let us know. For peace of mind, we’ve relaxed our cancellation and postponement policies till we’re all feeling a bit more settled. Read more about our in-house programmes here.
 
 
Scenario 3: We’ve been hit hard and our training budget is shot.
 
Try our Free Webinars. We totally get it, it’s a challenging time – for us too. Below you'll find our suite of three webinars we filmed over the lockdown period. The topics are Virtual Presenting, Tips & Tricks for Great Virtual Meetings and Leadership into Level 2 and beyond. Forward these on to your teams if they need them. We think this content is valuable, so if you are in a position to give a koha in exchange, we’d appreciate it. Email us for details.
 
Whatever the shape you’re in - whether you’re scrambling just to hold all the pieces together or charging ahead, fully formed, seizing on new opportunities – we’re here to help and we’re ready when you are.

Webinar 1:
Virtual Presenting - Communicating remotely with clarity, confidence and kindness.


Remote presenting: the technological revolution none of us wanted. The lighting is weird, the camera adds ten kilos to your nose alone, and no one ever brings muffins.
 
As workplaces all over the world embrace virtual communication, we know many of you are finding yourselves in the uncomfortable and unfamiliar position of not being able to communicate in person. 

If that sounds like you, don't worry - we've got you covered. 

In this webinar, we cover:

  • How to best use your technology when communicating virtually
  • Techniques and tools to keep your audience engaged and participating
  • How to maximise your vocal variety and body language to convey warmth and confidence
  • How to best structure your content for a virtual audience
  • The dos and don'ts of virtual presenting

Webinar 2:
Virtual Meetings - Trips and tricks for awesome remote meetings and group facilitation.


Virtual meetings can actually be pretty cool. But they do offer some interesting challenges when it comes to making them effective and engaging. 

In this webinar, we'll cover:

  • Setting the foundation of a great virtual meeting
  • Choosing the right platforms for the task
  • How to encourage team conversations
  • Guidelines for setting virtual agendas
  • Adapting your content for virtual platforms
  • Online meeting etiquette
  • Keeping people engaged in a virtual environment
  • How to use virtual breakout rooms, and real-time response tools such as polls, chat and Q&A
  • How to use a producer or behind-the-scenes moderator
  • Pitfalls to avoid

Plus, here's our article on Zoom Fatigue and how to combat it.

Webinar 3:
The End of the Beginning - Leadership into Level 2 and beyond.
An expert panel discussion with Dr. Harold Hillman and Suzi McAlpine.

[If you would like the full transcript of this webinar your can download it here]

The dust has settled. We’re emerging from our bubbles – some of us optimistic, some cautious, some shattered. All going well, many of us will soon head back to our offices, our factories, our universities, our small businesses. Some will be yearning to get back to normal routines. Others are using this experience as a chance to reboot their lives - rediscovering parts of themselves long forgotten or neglected. Everyone’s needs, and everyone’s priorities, have changed.
 
So now what?
 
Over the past few months we’ve heard a lot about crisis leadership, but what makes an effective leader once the initial crisis has passed? As Winston Churchill said on turning the Nazi tide and winning at El Alamein:  Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
 
In this expert panel webinar we’ll discuss ways to guide your team through the post-crisis world, as well as ways to support your own self-leadership. We'll also be taking questions from you, our virtual audience.
 
Leading your team:

  • What makes a good leader post-crisis?
  • How to create a work environment where people can feel secure, thrive and flourish
  • How to engage and motivate your team through times of uncertainty, fear and difficult decisions
  • How to stay strategic while being reactive - when should crisis leadership end?
  • The models of leadership emerging in response to this global catastrophe

 
Leading Yourself:

  • Ok, I’m done surviving, now how do I get back to thriving?
  • Dealing with anxiety and avoiding burnout
  • How to demonstrate calm and optimism to your team - even if you don’t feel it
  • How to handle challenges to your ethics and values when speaking up could cost your job
  • How to set concrete goals for yourself in an uncertain future
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