Academy Box sets

 

Take the opportunity to gain accreditation in a specific subject. Our Box Sets are groups of related modules that help you focus your learning. The full box set cost includes your accreditation. To complete accreditation, you need to watch all five modules and send an email to accreditation@theforum.social to describe what you have taken from the modules and how you have applied these in your role.



Free webinar: Facilitation

Hosted on 17th April 2021 by Phil Anderson

Facilitation is a valuable skill for any professional. Learn how you can manage a session so everyone can be share and be heard.

Free Webinar: 2021 Theme & Best Practice Programme Launch

Hosted on 27th Jan 2021 by Phil Anderson

Learn how The Forum can inspire and support you during 2021, making the most of your membership and the community of best practice. 

 - Learn about our theme for 2021 and the context and possibilities for the year ahead
 - Hear the shortlisted finalists for the 2021 Awards as they are announced
 - Find out about our Best Practice programme for 2021 and how to get involved for members and the wider community.

Managing People – Module 3

Hosted on 8th Dec 2020 by David Preece

This is the third in a series of three modules exploring the skills required for effective People Management. In this module
 - Learn how seeing the big picture is an important skill for all managers and how helping others to share it benefits your business
 - Understand the art of giving feedback; why it is important to wield feedback like a wand, rather than a sword!

Managing People – Module 2

Hosted on 8th Dec 2020 by David Preece

This is the second in a series of three modules exploring the skills required for effective People Management. In this module
 - Discover the need for support from peers and managers and how to both ask for it and give it to others
 - Understand the importance of confidence and how to project it to help build trust and credibility
 

Managing People – Module 1

Hosted on 8th Dec 2020 by David Preece

This is the first in a series of three modules exploring the skills required for effective People Management. In this module
 - Explore why managers – especially inexperienced managers – need support and help to thrive in their new role
 - Learn about the art of delegation; why it is important and the various stages of effective delegation

Back Office Waterfall Model 3

Hosted on 17th November by Alison Conaghan

This is a short introduction to the third Back Office waterfall module. You will receive a copy of the model so you can have a go at achieving the target Service Levels for each department. Please feel free to contact any of the Forum Specialists once you have had a go.

Back Office Waterfall Model 2

Hosted on 17th November by Alison Conaghan

This is a short introduction to the second Back Office waterfall module. You will receive a copy of the model so you can have a go at achieving The target Service Levels for each department. Please feel free to contact any of the Forum Specialists once you have had a go.

Back Office Waterfall Model 1

Hosted on 17th November by Alison Conaghan

This is a short introduction to the first Back Office waterfall module. You will receive a copy of the model so you can have a go at achieving The target FTE number on each tab. Please feel free to contact any of the Forum Specialists once you have had a go.

The Back Office Cycle

Hosted on 13th Novenber 2020 by David Preece

In addition to the Planning Cycle, the Back Office has its own cycle that is important to help us plan for and manage performance in the Back Office. This module takes you through each part of this cycle and highlights the importance of each part.

Data Visualisation

Hosted on 22nd July 2020 By Ian Robertson

Explore effective ways of presenting data in a meaningful, interesting and engaging way. Improve the way you inform and persuade your key stakeholders.  
 - Understand why your existing reports don’t excite or engage your stakeholders
 - Learn the basics of data visualisation and how to communicate information
 - Apply “2 key questions” and start the use the tools and resource you need 

Introduction to Influencing Skills

21st July, 14:00

Being able to influence the decision of others is a key skill for all planners.  In this session, learn the basic approaches which will allow your audience to process information in their own way, using their beliefs and memories to deliver great outcomes.
 - Learn the difference between Tell, Ask and Influence
 - Understand how people make decisions
 - See how the language of engagement helps influencing

The pattern of great presentations

Hosted on 20th July by Ian Robertson and Alison Conaghan

In this module we look at how techniques from great speakers through history can be used to bring your presentations to live and bring your audience on your journey.

Emotional Engagement & The Power of Stories

Hosted on 17th July 2020 by Ian Robertson

Often facts and data will not get our message across. We need to understand our audience and use emotional engagement techniques to bring our insight to life. In this module we explore some simple emotional engagement techniques to make your communications, presentations and reports more meaningful. We also explore the power of stories in understanding our stakeholders and overcoming their fears and doubts.

The Pyramid Principle for Effective Communication

Hosted on 17th July 2020 by Ian Roberston

Like us our stakeholders have limited time, we rarely read every emails and report we receive end to end, and neither do they. We may have just a few seconds to land our message and get our audience to take action or read on. The pyramid principle is a simple technique to help you structure your communications and reports to quickly answer the “So what?” and land your core message.

Accuracy & Confidence

Hosted on 15th June 2020 by Ian Robertson

Accuracy is important in any insight or forecast we produce but 100% accuracy is often not possible. In this module we will explore some statistical techniques to understand the accuracy and limitations of our insight and forecasts and how to communicate this with your stakeholders. In this module we will cover:
 - Standard Deviation  
 - Margin of error  
 - The language of confidence

Intro to The Planning Cycle

Hosted on 8th June 2020 by David Preece

Learn the role planning plays in implementing your strategic objectives.  Understand the importance of your role and how you can help others.
 - Understand how the strategic objective is implemented into a forecasting, scheduling and real-time plan.
 - Learn about the importance of effective data checkpoints, change governance and hand-overs
 - Play a part in driving continuous improvement and become the nerve-centre of the business

Communication Planning

Hosted on 29th May 2020 by Phil Anderson

This module will help you to create an effective communication plan to deliver the right information at the right time, with natural review points to continual refresh and maintain relevance.
 - Being clear on your purpose
 - Review different channels and methods for distribution
 - Understand the best time to deliver

Understanding people (including how to say no)

Hosted on 12th May 2020 by Ian Robertson & Phil Anderson

Understanding Growth / Fixed mindset:

- What happens in our heads when we hear or say "no"
- Learn to handle objections

Principles of Persuasion

Hosted on 7th May 2020 by David Preece

It is vital that Planning, Quality and Insight teams are able to engage with and influence their key stakeholders within their organisation. Stakeholders may need to be persuaded to change their view on something in order to become an advocate. 
 - What is Persuasion?
 - Cialdini’s Principles of Persuasion
 - Key Persuasion Techniques and the Influencing Toolkit

The Strategy Pyramid

Hosted on 28th April 2020 by Ian Robertson

Before setting targets and goals it is important that these are aligned to strategies that support your organisational goals. In this module;
 - Understand your organisational goals
 - See how to balance your strategies
 - Learn how to align the right metrics and targets to your strategies

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