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Talent Development Academy: Influencing Skills

Talent Development Academy: Influencing Skills


Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce members should book their place(s) via our website link here


This half-day workshop is one of a suite of four, beneficial to a wide variety of people, whether just starting their career or already established and keen to improve their core business skills. You will learn practical skills needed to progress in business with confidence and make a valuable contribution to any employer from day one.

Workshop one is centred on developing your influencing skills. Building influence with the decision makers in your workplace means you're able to identify and respond to their needs, but you also need to have a strategy for how you want to be known.

This workshop is ideal for people who need to influence colleagues and clients even day-to-day life contacts - promotion, job interviews, renting a flat, whatever life throws at you!

**Earlybird Offer: If you book the full 4 modules, receive 25% off your final workshop. You must email dHJhaW5pbmcgfCBlZGluYnVyZ2hjaGFtYmVyICEgY28gISB1aw== to redeem.

Other workshops available: Networking, Presentation Skills and Running Meetings.

Workshop Outcomes

By the end of workshop one you will have confirmed how to:

• Influence face-to-face and at a distance.
• Devise tactics for influencing without “positional authority”.
• Formulate compelling influencing objectives.
• Identify when you are being manipulated and respond effectively.
• Devise and deliver empowering questions.
• Use Personality Poker as the basis for their influencing strategy.
• Utilise your personal network more effectively.

Workshop Content

If you don't have a clear and strong value proposition, a personal brand, then it's really difficult to positively influence the people who are making the decisions that are going to impact on your objectives. You have to be able to tell people what you stand for, and then show action. That’s how you get credibility and you need credibility to build influence.

At this workshop we will cover:

• Treating influencing as a five stage project.
• The importance of influencing objectives.
• Researching and developing an influencing plan.
• Influencing without “positional authority”.
• Questioning and listening techniques.
• Words, voice, body language and rapport.
• Being assertive.
• Building and maintaining respect.

Trainer Profile

This workshop will be delivered by Mark Mackenzie-Smith, Associate of Calendonia PA. Mark ran his own design consultancy delivering design and brand solutions to SMEs, public sector bodies, national and local charities, finance and education institutions. He now manages his own training consultancy.

His workshops are based on sound practical knowledge, underpinned with over 20 years of hands-on experience, offering you learning that is inspirational, fun and delivers results. Mark’s workshops are exciting, push you to perform and are aligned to practical business solutions. His delivery style is relaxed and engaging ensuring everyone has a voice and is heard.

He is chair of Young Enterprise Lothian, and also manages a successful Edinburgh theatre company - bringing a touch of theatre to the workshop!

“Relaxed, friendly, good techniques... knowledgeable facilitator” - Jessica Methven

“Very hands on and practical. Answers questions directly related to your job” - Kieran Mayson

“Role play gave good insight into real time meeting scenarios” - Gemma Banks



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