Upcoming Conferences

The Forum hold key conferences through out the year including our flagship two day Customer Strategy and Planning conference and one day community conferences that offer a great opportunity to learn, share and network.

Look here for our Leadership Forum events

National Conference 2021

1st - 5th November, Virtually & 9th November, Crewe Hall

 - This year our National Conferences for Planning, Insight & Customer Experience will be held virtually across the week of 1st November, to be as accessible as possible to everybody.
 - Our Community Connection face-to-face event will be on Tuesday, 9th November at Crewe Hall, Crewe from 8.30 until 5.00, COVID regulations permitting.
 - It is our first face-to-face national event for over 2 years and places are strictly limited, to ensure safe use of the space. They will be allocated on a first-come basis.  

Previous Conferences

Catch up on the presentations from our previous conferences.

Best Practice in Quality & Improvement Assisted Learning Pathway

w/c 6th September 2021, Virtual Learning

This course is for professionals, who want to make a tangible difference over the coming year, with robust frameworks for quality and improvement, based on proven methods.  Through the programme, you will:

- Learn how to put customer experience and quality at the heart of your operating model & culture.
- Understand how a fit-for-purpose monitoring & prioritisation framework can drive improvement and be able to apply this in your work.
- Learn how to drive powerful improvement, using data and feedback, for service recovery, process improvement and behavioural change.
- See what best practice looks like, with insight from practical examples, emerging trends and top tips, seeing how to avoid key pitfalls.

Free Webinar - 2020 Vision: Crystallising your knowledge Launch

Hosted on 27th April 2020 by Phil Anderson and Paul Smedley

2020 is The Forum’s 20th year and this year we want to look back on our first 20-years and think ahead for the next 20-years. Our vision, back in 2000, was and remains to raise standards in customer operations helping to set standards across Planning, Insight and Quality. Now, having established communities of best practice we can continue to raise standards and prepare for the future.

This year’s theme refers to the clarity and sharpness of vision required to purposely move forward towards your targets, goals and dreams. Whilst recognising the benefit of our fluid thinking over the past 20-years to crystallise our knowledge of best practice and standards.

 - “Purpose, Learning and Self-Awareness” Keynote from The Forum’s Phil Anderson
 - 2020 Best Practice Guide launch and chapter review
 - 2020 Best Practice Programme – how to get involved

Quality & Improvement

Supported by: 

29th Sep 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

2nd Dec 2021, 14:00 - 15:30   

Knowledge & Content Management

27th Jul 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

14th Sep 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

24th Nov 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

1-Day Influencing Skills for Analysts & Managers

Date TBC

Learn how decisions are made, utilise behavioural preferences and identify the preferences of those we want to influence. After this course you will;

  • Understand the concept of influencing vs manipulation
  • Be able to apply social styles and six key principles to aid influencing
  • Appreciate how humans make decisions
  • Take away methods to try in the workplace

1-Day Feedback & Coaching for analysts

Date TBC

Learn techniques and explores coaching in the context of feedback and performance improvement as colleague, mentor or manager. After this course, you will;

  • Understand the role of feedback and be able to articulate best practice
  • Have developed and practised coaching skills
  • Know how to use coaching style questions to deliver feedback

Introduction to Continuous Improvement Methodologies

Date TBC

Understand some of the key models, theories and tools which can simplify your processes and ways of working. Consider the opportunity to improve by applying CI principles to how you plan, schedule and manage your resources.

Scientific Methods

Date TBC

The Scientific method is a great way to structure your analysis to produce measurable and repeatable results.  In this webinar we will look at:

- What is the scientific method?

- Creating a hypothesis

- Testing your hypothesis

As a member, you are not on your own but part of a community with others facing many similar challenges. We are here to help you to make a tangible impact in your organisation and show how developing the capability of each specialist professional function is fundamental to your business.

Book for one of our events to experience our exceptional community or get in touch to talk about how we can help you and your teams to be fully effective in adding value to your business. Email advice@theforum.social, call 0333 123 5960 or contact any of The Forum team

About us

As an independent association established since 2000, we offer a trusted space for professionals in contact centre, field service, back office or retail operation. Benchmark against the best in class and learn from innovators and pioneers.

Learning Academy

On-demand modules

We have a wide range of virtual modules that you can view at your own pace.

Covid-19 Webinar Series 2

You have a community of support at The Forum. See the series of free webinars to help you through this unusual situation.


National Conferences 2021
w/c 1st November Virtually and 9th November face-to-face
Annual conferences dedicated to the needs of their communities.

Customer Strategy & Planning 2021
Catch up on the highlights
Learn first-hand from practitioners and business leaders who are delivering successful change.

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