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PROJECT MANAGEMENT & SOFT SKILLS COURSES

A Winner's Guide to Communication and Negotiation Skills

This 1 day interactive course will appeal to professionals dealing with both simple and complex negotiations and wishing to actively avoid escalation and legal claims. Delegates will learn how to prepare for the unexpected, win from a weak position and create relationships that work despite conflict. They will be given a series of practical tips and techniques and have the chance to perfect their skills, with plenty of practice, in a safe but realistic environment.

This course will appeal to both newer negotiators, who are now beginning to work with contracts, and to more experienced professionals, who are seeking to review and sharpen their skills.

Benefits of this course:
• Understand the various negotiating styles and the key necessary communication skills to deal with each one successfully
• Gain knowledge of the issues within negotiation and communication and learn the techniques that work best to handle them
• Learn the tools and tips needed for negotiation success
• Get to grips with resolving and reversing conflict quickly and cheaply
• Pick up additional techniques and solutions that will save you hours, 1,000s of pounds and a good deal of stress too
Public Course Delegate Rate: £295 plus VAT

An Introduction to Earned Value Management

Earned value management is a project control process based on a structured approach to planning, cost collection and performance measurement.
Earned value helps us manage a project by:
• providing data to enable objective measurement of project status;
• providing a basis for estimating final cost;
• predicting when the project will be complete;
• supporting the effective management of resources;
• providing a means of managing and controlling change.
Earned value provides information which enables effective decision making by knowing:
• what has been achieved of the plan;
• what it has cost to achieve the planned work;
• if the work achieved is costing more or less than was planned;
• if the project is ahead of or behind the planned schedule.
This course introduces delegates to the concepts and application of Earned Value Management and the role it has project control.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £295 plus VAT

Effective Project Management from Concept through to Close Out

Potential and current Project Managers will be equipped with an armoury of PM knowledge on this 1-day course. A must-have for all Project Managers, this course not only covers principle skills of PM, such as programming, stakeholder management, working structures and project monitoring, but also provides a wealth of key tips to get ahead in PM.

Highly qualified speakers will guide delegates through the course, providing real, anecdotal evidence of what to do to be a successful Project Manager, and what not to do!

Benefits of this course:
• Get to grips with the technical jargon, buzzwords and acronyms in Project Management
• Feel confident engaging with Project Managers and construction professionals
• Understand how to be a dynamic, self-assured Project Management
• Benefit from a post-seminar helpline facility

Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

Getting More Done In A Day: A Time and Self - Management Course

A One Day Time and Self - Management Course Outline

This one-day course changes the way people work. The average delegate thinks that they are doing, “OK” in handling their large workload and, “Feel swamped because that is how modern work is”. At the end of the course they leave amazed at how much more control they are able to gain over their schedule and how much more productive they can become, simply by applying the 10 Ps of time management. This course sometimes sees grown men weep, as they realise that they could have spent 100’s of hours less at work and still achieved the same result! The course changes people’s work – life balance and the work environment for its participants – Forever.

Benefits of this course - You will:

• Learn the difference between efficiency and effectiveness and what extra productivity results from applying the right one?
• Learn about the 4 Quadrants of time, and exactly, how “Urgent” will be beaten by “Important”, most of the time, to create a happy and much improved work environment
• Finally understand and know the implications of both urgents – Your urgent, and, their urgent
• Identify your main Time Robbers and so win back valuable hours for yourself
• Understand the 10 critical Ps’ of effective time management to reduce your stress levels and bring back a sense of control at work
• Know how to allocate your time to become 35% more effective
• Gain back control of your diary by learning the correct and professional use of the word “NO!”
• Claim back a healthy and manageable work-life balance
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

Preparing Persuasive Presentations That Work – A One Day Effective Presentation Skills Course

How to persuade an audience of construction professionals to move and take action –– Outline

This course will take the average presenter from nervous to more confident, humble to powerful, mumbling to being clear, and, rambling to having a defined structure. And, all in one day.

Often, construction executives underestimate their own level of presentation ability. This course draws out the participant’s hidden talents to uncover their natural skill in creating authentic, warm and effective communication that can move a room of cynical construction professionals to think, feel differently, and so, take immediate action.

We focus on the audience and who they are. We work on where they are at the start, and, where YOU wish to have them at the end. This course spells out the best techniques to get them to the place you need them to be.


Benefits of this course - You will;

• Learn the presentation triangle – audience, content and presenter – And what connects these 3 components
• Stop your mumbling, monotonous delivery, and, ums and ahhs too
• Move people in your audience to take action
• Reframe your reluctance, nerves and discomfort at the prospect of speaking in public as EXCITEMENT, overcoming any gap you have in confidence
• Learn to enjoy presenting
• Get better and know how to continue that improvement
• Learn to interact and benefit from the energy your audience brings
• Learn how to deal with interruptions, trouble-makers and the various difficult characters you may run into
• Take away our winning template to construct your killer speech quickly, and, learn it rapidly too



Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

APMG Earned Value™ Practitioner Course

Earned value management is a project control process based on a structured approach to planning, cost collection and performance measurement.
Earned value helps us manage a project by:
• providing data to enable objective measurement of project status;
• providing a basis for estimating final cost;
• predicting when the project will be complete;
• supporting the effective management of resources;
• providing a means of managing and controlling change.
Earned value provides information which enables effective decision making by knowing:
• what has been achieved of the plan;
• what it has cost to achieve the planned work;
• if the work achieved is costing more or less than was planned;
• if the project is ahead of or behind the planned schedule.
This practitioners’ course is designed to explore not only the theory but also the practicalities associated with the implementation and operation of an Earned Value Management System
Public Course Delegate Rate: £565 plus VAT

Building and Managing Remote Teams

This workshop will appeal to managers who find themselves leading remote teams. The workshop will provide you with the tools and techniques to overcome the challenges of being a remote manager.
Delegates will be provided with practical tips to help them lead effectively, communicate successfully and consequently increase the performance of their remote team.
The course will appeal to managers who have recently started to manage teams remotely or as a refresher for experienced managers.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

Building Mental Resilience in your and your Team

This workshop will benefits managers who lead teams both in person and virtually. It will enable them to better understand how to build their own mental toughness but also that of their teams.
They will understand what mental toughness is and is not. They will understand the behaviours associated with high and low levels. They learn the importance and relationship emotional intelligence has with mental toughness.

The course will appeal to both new and more experienced managers who are seeking to be able to get more out of themselves and their teams while preserving mental wellbeing.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

Earned Value Management Foundation for delegates with some experience in project control

Earned value management is a project control process based on a structured approach to planning, cost collection and performance measurement.
Earned value helps us manage a project by:
• providing data to enable objective measurement of project status;
• providing a basis for estimating final cost;
• predicting when the project will be complete;
• supporting the effective management of resources;
• providing a means of managing and controlling change.
Earned value provides information which enables effective decision making by knowing:
• what has been achieved of the plan;
• what it has cost to achieve the planned work;
• if the work achieved is costing more or less than was planned;
• if the project is ahead of or behind the planned schedule.
This course prepares for the APMG foundation qualification in Earned Value Management delegates by providing explanation of the concepts and application of Earned Value Management and the role it has project control.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

First Principles of Planning and Scheduling

This is a new Foundation level course. The course will be based around standard Planning and Scheduling techniques and methodologies.

The inclusion of the practical application of techniques, via training exercises, is paramount to delegates gaining an understanding of the basic calculations and results that computer based systems so readily generate. All training exercises will be manual (pen, paper, flip chart etc.) followed by delegate discussion on results. No specific computer based toolsets) will be utilised although examples of available toolsets will be discussed briefly towards the end of the course.

Benefits of this course:
• To appreciate the importance and benefits of a good quality planning process to the overall success of a project.
• To understand the basic principles of Plan and Schedule development.
• To understand the inter-relationship(s) between scope, time, resource requirements and performance as part of an integrated planning approach.
• Consider the impact of ‘Change’ on the Schedule and Resource Requirements/Availability
• Benefit from a post seminar helpline

Giving feedback and having difficult conversations

The health of an organisation, team or relationship can be measured by the lag between a problem being identified and the time it takes to discuss the problem in a healthy, open and transparent way.

The problem is, people often get angry, ruminate, do unnecessary work or complain to others. This leads to siloed teams, resentment, and poor behaviour we all despise.

Unresolved conflict is one of the biggest barriers to organisational performance. If we can’t talk openly, then nothing will change.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

Influencing People

This influencing skills training course is suitable for a variety of audiences, but particularly those individuals who need to regularly influence the action of others, such as management and senior leadership teams.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

Manage Performance and Motivate People

This workshop will appeal to anyone who manages others and needs to deliver results through other people. It explores what affects performance, how to tackle under-performance BEFORE it becomes an issue, and how to keep people motivated to give their best at work.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

Managing Conflict

This workshop will appeal to anyone who wishes to improve their assertiveness skills, be better equipped to deal with confrontational situations and recognise what’s important to themselves and others.
Delegates will be encouraged to explore their own values and appreciate that we are all driven and motivated differently. By using the Transactional Analysis theory, delegates will identify how best to drive ‘Adult’ conversations and will deal with ‘real’ conflict situations through practical role play.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £195 plus VAT

One to One Performance Coaching

60 – 90 minute sessions quantity, frequency and duration decided by the client.

The opportunity for individuals to work with a coach to achieve actual improvements for themselves.

The reasons for seeking coaching are many and could include

- Wanting to design your own future
- Building confidence
- Wanting help to reach your goals
- Developing new attitudes or behaviours
- Knowing you're capable of more
- Feeling stuck and not knowing how to move forward
- Navigating a difficult transition such as the new normal, or into an established team
- Growing into a new role
- Developing to move up into a new job role

Whatever the reason for seeking coaching, the coach will work with you to identify your goals and reveal your skills, resourcefulness and potential in a series of sessions. Your coach will both support and challenge you.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Recognising and managing anxiety

A surprising number of people suffer with anxiety at some point in their life. Often, it is short-term but many people suffer for years. It affects they way that we think and behave and will often result in behaviour being misinterpreted as a little disruptive, or in us believing the person lacks competence in work (when it may just be confidence).
We don’t expect managers to solve the problem. BUT being aware of the symptoms of anxiety allows managers to adopt different strategies when managing people to support the individual better and help reduce the negative effects that anxiety can have on them, their colleagues and their output.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £295 plus VAT


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