Communication skills training
Our communication training programmes and workshops are designed to help participants build the practical skills they need to plan, craft, share a message, and interact successfully.
All of our training can be delivered online/virtually as well as in-person and onsite. Most can also be offered as either one-off learning events or as a series of bite-sized sessions that are ideal for conferences and masterclasses.
Practical communication skills training
Crafting an elevator pitch
Focus: crafting your elevator pitch
Whether participants want to have a quick response to the dreaded "so, what do you do?" question, or need a short, sharp introductory statement to use in meetings and networking events, our elevator pitch workshop will be of use. Participants will learn how to craft their pitch, how to modify it based on audience, and will have opportunities to practise their pitches on peers. Lots of feedback and interaction.
Designing Powerful Slides
Focus: slide design
Death-by-Powerpoint (or whatever presentation tool you use) is still very much in evidence in scientific and research presentations. In this practical session, we'll focus on how to design slides that complement your presentation instead of detracting from it. Participants will learn the basics of good design theory, how to visualise data on slides, and how to tell a visual story that holds your audience's interest.
Poster Design Skills for Researchers and Scientists
Focus: poster design, promotion, delivery
Attention is in short supply in our busy world, so this workshop equips participants with an understanding of how to use good design to attract and engage poster audiences. It covers traditional paper-based poster design as well as what to think about when designing posters for digital platforms, and depending on the format, includes modules on session promotion (especially for digital sessions) and delivery.
Practical Presentation Skills
Focus: planning, structure, content, delivery
This hands-on workshop is ideal for early-career researchers who are just getting started, and experienced researchers who want to refine their skills and learn tried-and-tested techniques that will help them craft and deliver an effective and impactful presentation at conferences, team meetings, and funding applications.
The presentation lab
Focus: skill building through practice
Our presentation lab is all about helping teams of presenters to get a chance to showcase their talks or presentations, and refine their skills in real-time with feedback from our presentation and speaking experts, and their peers. These workshops can be intense, with rapid learning potential, and are ideal as team builders or as practical workshops before conferences and critical meetings.
Speaking with impact
Focus: speaking and presentation delivery skills / oral communication
This workshop focuses exclusively on public speaking and presentation delivery skills. We'll work with voice, non-verbal communication, stage presence, and power language. Small groups ensure lots of individiual feedback, so that participants can develop strategies to reduce nerves and to build on their natural skills to speak and present confidently and authentically in any situation.
Storytelling skills for Researchers and Scientists
Focus: finding and telling science stories
This fun and practical workshop shows participants why stories work and helps them use narrative and story structures to make their research easier to understand and actionable. You'll learn a handful of useful frameworks, and use our story templates to plan, structure and deliver stories without dumbing-down your message.
Networking for success
Focus: networking skills
Sometimes, it's not what you know but who you know... Our networking workshop for scientists and researchers is designed to help participants understand why networking matters, the different routes for networking in science, how to devise strategies to connect and network, and how to show up as the best version of yourself when a networking opportunity presents itself.
Working with the media
Focus: media, interviews, multi-media
Whether you are working with a print journalist or a documentary maker, you need to know how to share your research on your own terms. We'll work on understanding what the media expects from you, how to craft messages that are true and interesting, and how to manage the practicalities of things like interviews and more.
Focus: tailor-made communication training
Do you have a particular set of needs that you want to address? We can work with you to create a tailor-made workshop or training series that incorporates some or all of the different interpersonal and practical communication skills training that we offer. Let's set up a time to speak and explore the possibilities.
Have something different in mind?
Book a call with one of our workshop designers and let’s explore what you are thinking about, what we can do to help, and how we can create a workshop or programmes that will meet your needs and the needs of your team.
From day-long workshops to bite-sized sessions, and multi-day lectures to conference talks: the format is up to you!
All of our interpersonal training and communication workshops can be run as one-off events or as a series of shorter sessions, in-person or online. The topics can be adapted for talks at conferences, delivered as punchy masterclasses, or turned into semester-long lectures for students.
If you'd like to explore a different format, feel free to get in touch with us for a chat.