Communicating for impact, influence and personal success

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Posted by APM on 31st Jan 2013

In this interactive workshop, Jean showed how, with support, anyone can develop powerful communications skills that could positively impact confidence and careers. This was a joint Women in Project Management SIG and Swindon chapter event.

Delegates were asked: How developed are your communications skills? Are you aware of the key areas to focus on when communicating? Does your communication positively enhance delivery of your projects or your career? Do you know how to use a combination of body, voice and content to get your message across in face to face, remote and written situations?

The session shared how to develop vital communications skills for:

• Obtaining support from key stakeholders
• Engaging with people to solve problems and deal with tricky situations
• Killing complexity and providing clear direction.

This workshop content applied both to men and women, but also focussed on some specific areas for women to consider, and techniques they can utilise for successful communication.

Jean is Managing Director at Business Semaphora Consulting Ltd and specialises in helping people and organisations make change. An award-winning public speaker, her communications style is described as ‘energetic and direct with a touch of humour’.

She is also part of the UK and Ireland Leadership team of Toastmasters International, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping people develop their communication and leadership skills through involvement in speakers clubs.

Her award-winning communications skills are combined with extensive hands-on experience of project and programme delivery in the public and private sectors.

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