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.
Each Box Set costs £295 +VAT. (Free to anyone on an Assisted Learning Pathway). Click on the descriptions below to book your place now.

Student takeaways

One of our members from Lifeplus completed the Capacity Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting box set these are the headline takeaways:
 - A small impact in your field can have a good effect higher up in the ranks at board level i.e. matching up with a higher strategic objective
 - Planning teams need to collaborate with other areas/organisations, engage stakeholders
 - Increase Operational effectiveness - As a team, we have vastly increased our communication channels 
 - Improve and manage the flow of your data cycle and version control
 - Long Term: Financial and Budget Planning – Operational: Drives capacity, scenario planning, and risk
 - In the middle of a transformation/plan, the challenges are still there, and targets not being met --> this must lead to evolving the approach to capacity and demand
 - Improve the quality of the data, focussing on what/why/how, determine what happened to the customer base
 - Demonstrating Value and ROI – benefits achieved, costs avoided, risks avoided

Free Webinar: Key Industry Trends in 2022 - The 3As

Hosted by Phil Anderson on 17th February 2022

Attrition, Attraction and Absence will be on going challenges during 2022. With a continued uncertainty around COVID and an indecision on what hybrid working really means, a number of problems will be experienced due the “3-A’s”.

  • Understand how to control your attrition and benchmark against the industry.
  • Develop an attraction strategy, helping to develop careers.
  • Learn how to manage absence to reduce the impact of Pandemic related sickness.

The Power of One

Hosted by Phil Anderson

Teamwork and understanding the plan are critical to achieve strategic objectives.  However, too often this is left to chance and not an embedded behaviour. So easy to get wrong, fortunately easy to improve. This module will help you to:  

 - Understand the “power-of-one” and the impact of small changes.
 - Improve your on-the-day decision making and see the result for your customers and colleagues.
 - Learn the classic mistakes and how to overcome these

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

Data Visualisation

Hosted 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 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 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.

Stakeholder Mapping

Hosted on 7th July 2020

This course provides an overview of the fundamental components of successful stakeholder management. Learning outcomes include: 
- The value of Stakeholder Identification 
- Fundamentals of stakeholder mapping 
- The benefits of stakeholder influencing

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

Benchmarking

Hosted On 12th May 2020 By Ian Robertson

Benchmarking is important in understanding best practice, comparing ourselves with our competitors and becoming the best, but there are many pitfalls to avoid. In this module;
 - Hear the value of benchmarking
 - Learn how to avoid the common mistakes
 - Hear our top tips for benchmarking

Principles of Persuasion

Hosted on 7th May 2020 by Phil Anderson

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

Introduction to Stakeholder Management

Hosted on 28th April 2020 by David Preece

Without being able to work alongside key stakeholders, there is little value to being an excellent planner as your plans will not come to fruition!  You need to understand who your stakeholders are and how to communicate with them successfully.
 - Learn how to map your stakeholder network
 - See how different people benefit from different approaches and language
 - Understand how to make your outputs flexible for multiple audiences

Gathering Qualitative Feedback

Hosted 14th June 2019 by Phil Anderson

Hear about different methods for collecting information along with the pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to engage with your stakeholder to gather feedback and information to improve your planning.

- Understand different methods for gathering feedback
- Improve your questioning skills and start to gather honest usable feedback
- Learn how to gather feedback that make you feel good