Communication Skills

Course Duration is 1 Day

From: £425.00 Plus VAT (per person)

Have more than 2 delegates? Talk to us about our closed group courses.

Delivery Method

Open Public Courses РVirtual Delivery Only  Closed Group Courses РFace To Face and Virtual Delivery

Business Benefit

How much time, effort and money is lost when things go wrong in the workplace due to a breakdown in communication? At the very least, the answer must be, “lots”! Whether it is face to face, via the telephone or in writing, poor communication probably accounts for more day to day problems in business than any other single factor. This course will help to overcome these communication problems.

Who Should Attend

This course is invaluable for those who want to strengthen their communication skills and enhance their ability to interact with others.

Learning Outcomes
  1. It is crucial to grasp the significance of communicating accurately, concisely, and in a manner likely to foster understanding and cooperation. Effective communication is the cornerstone of successful interactions in both personal and professional spheres.
  2. The selection of the appropriate medium for conveying a message is of paramount importance. Consider factors such as the nature of the message, the recipient, and the urgency of the communication when choosing between mediums like email, phone, or face-to-face interaction.
  3. Understanding how to leverage a chosen communication medium to its fullest potential is essential. Each medium has its strengths and weaknesses, and being proficient in using them optimally can greatly enhance the impact of your messages.
  4. Proficiency in demonstrating key communication skills across various mediums, including phone conversations, email correspondence, and face-to-face interactions, is a valuable asset. These skills encompass active listening, clarity of expression, and adaptability to different communication scenarios.
  5. How to create a post-course action plan. This plan should outline specific steps and strategies to implement the learning acquired during the course, ensuring that the newly acquired skills are put into practical use.
Course Content

Good and Bad Communication in Your Workplace: Effective communication in the workplace is characterized by clear, concise, and considerate interactions. Good communication fosters understanding, cooperation, and a positive work environment. In contrast, poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, conflict, and reduced productivity.

Consequences for You, Your Teams, and Your Organizations: For individuals, good communication enhances job satisfaction and career progression, while poor communication can lead to stress and frustration. For teams, effective communication promotes collaboration and goal achievement, while ineffective communication can disrupt workflow. On an organizational level, good communication is vital for achieving strategic objectives, while poor communication can lead to costly mistakes and reputation damage.

Reasons for Poor Communication: Several factors contribute to poor communication, including lack of clarity, insufficient feedback, cultural differences, and communication barriers. Misinterpretations and assumptions can also lead to breakdowns in communication.

Key Principles of Effective Communication (Conciseness, Clarity, Cooperativeness, and Consideration):

  • Conciseness: Communicate your message succinctly, avoiding unnecessary details or jargon.
  • Clarity: Ensure your message is easily understood, use plain language, and provide context when necessary.
  • Cooperativeness: Encourage a collaborative atmosphere where all parties feel valued and heard.
  • Consideration: Be mindful of your audience’s needs, perspectives, and emotions when communicating.

Applying the Above Face to Face: In face-to-face communication, maintain eye contact, use open body language, and actively listen. Apply the principles of conciseness, clarity, cooperativeness, and consideration in your spoken interactions.

Applying the Above via Email and Written Formats – 5 Key Steps (Plan, Write, Edit, Format, Check):

  • Plan: Clarify your purpose, audience, and key points before writing.
  • Write: Craft your message with conciseness and clarity in mind.
  • Edit: Review and revise for accuracy, tone, and style.
  • Format: Use headings, bullet points, and paragraphs for readability.
  • Check: Proofread for errors in grammar, spelling, and formatting.

Communication via Teams, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. – Best Practice: For virtual meetings, establish clear agendas, set expectations, and use video to enhance engagement. Encourage participation and utilize chat and screen-sharing features effectively.

Challenges of Hybrid Working: Hybrid work environments can pose challenges related to maintaining team cohesion, balancing in-person and remote work dynamics, and addressing technological disparities among team members.

Communicating Effectively Across Hybrid Teams: To bridge the gap, establish clear communication protocols, utilize collaboration tools, and schedule regular virtual meetings. Foster inclusivity by ensuring remote team members have equal opportunities to participate.

Dealing with Challenging Communications in a Professional and Assertive Manner: When faced with challenging communication, maintain composure, actively listen, and ask clarifying questions. Respond assertively, focusing on problem-solving and mutual understanding, while avoiding aggression or passive behaviour.

 

How to Book

Dates below represent open public courses only. To book this course, please select an available date and click the book now button below to complete the booking. Have two or more people to train – you may consider a closed group course. Contact us on [email protected] to discuss specific date and delivery requirements.

 

Measuring The Success

 

The purpose of your training is learning new skills and/or changing behaviour. We can help you measure this!

To evaluate how successfully the attendees are doing this, delegates can attend a Workplace Implementation session during the skills transfer period. The cost of the session is £595+VAT delivered virtually and lasts for 2.5 hours.

During the Workplace Implementation session the individuals will either on a 1-2-1 basis or as a group discuss the challenges and successes they have experienced during their skills transfer period.
This will include what they are doing differently as a direct result of the training and how this has positively impacted the organisation.
This is an excellent way to encourage the learning, support the skills transfer into the workplace and act as a measure to evaluate the training.

We compile this information into a report so that you have evidence of your return on investment.