EARLY BIRD for march program OPEN UNTIL 9PM, 19 DECEMBER
“As soon as you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word.” – Peter Drucker

Do you get stuck in the details?

  • Is explaining your recommendations complicated?
  • Did you walk away from your last presentation with questions rather than answers from the leadership team?
  • Are you frustrated that your good ideas are not getting the cut through they deserve?

The Clarity First Program offers an opportunity to learn a practical, repeatable process that you can use to get out of the details and engage audiences of all kinds.

Are you ready to…

Get out of the details
Getting stuck in technical details is a sure fire way to lose your audience. Learn to rise above the details and be both technically powerful AND engaging.
Get faster decisions
Do you get the decision you need the first time you present, or do you typically leave with more questions to answer? Clarify First helps you master simple, repeatable techniques for getting the cut through you need.
Reduce rework
Why waste time repeatedly reworking your communication? Learn a simple and practical approach for collaborating and socialising to massively cut rework and frustration.
Get ahead
Careers are stifled more by the inability to engage others than the lack of technical competence. Clarity First teaches you how to get the most complex sets of ideas onto a single page.

The program is facilitated by me – Davina Stanley. I have been helping executives of all stripes communicate so they get the results they need since joining McKinsey & Company as a communication specialist in 1996. Since then I have helped everyone from business school students to C-suite executives across most business sectors in Australia. My sweet spot is helping technical experts. I have also lived and worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo and the US.

$1,950 (inc. taxes) plus (substantial) Early Bird bonuses available during December.  

 

Comments from recent participants

  • This was the best course I have done. I was always confident in my reasoning but not as confident with presenting it, particularly to audiences that were not on my wavelength. Davina has shown me how to organise my high-level messages which gets me a better response from my audiences. In fact, when I used the approach to present to the sales team last week half of them came up to me individually afterwards to compliment me on my presentation. That has never happened before!

    - Bojana
    Bojana, Customer experience adviser, Sydney Australia
  • One of the things I have found particularly helpful about this program is that it has helped me think more about what my audience needs from my communication. The program has given me a specific framework for thinking about their needs, and has provided me with a very useful structure to communicate key points in a logical and clear manner.

    - Paige Taylor
    Paige Taylor, Analyst, investment firm
  • The program has helped me see the value of putting my main point first rather than always taking my audience on a journey through the data. Previously I would want to explain the background in some detail first to be sure that my audience knew where I was coming from, but since turning it around and providing the main point first I find I get a better response. I recently used the approach for a presentation at our regional conference and the response was really positive.

    - Tom Connolly
    Operations Associate, Uber
  • The Clarity First Coaching Program was incredibly useful for me as it has provided a framework through which I am able to structure my initial thoughts quickly and easily. I have always been ok at delivering communications but the tools Davina has taught me will not only make the communications clearer and more concise but the time taken to get to the end point has reduced greatly with the structure guiding it from the outset. I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to make existing skills even better, or for those that want to create the foundations of great communication.

    - Michaela Flanagan
    GM Performance and Strategy, insurance industry
INPUT X SMARTS = OUTPUT
OUTPUT X PERSUASIVE ABILITY = IMPACT
Clem Doherty, McKinsey Australia

Clarity First helps technical experts get out of the details so their ideas get the traction they deserve

Investment:$1,950 or $780 x3 (inc. taxes). Part payments due on sign up, 17 April and 17 May.

This includes (at a minimum)

  1. Participation in the 3-month interactive online program, which includes
    1. 6 x 1.5 hour recorded Core Learning Workshops where I share answers to the exercises, test your knowledge and introduce new content
    2. 6 x recorded Live Hot Seats with time for Q&A
    3. Practical exercises for each module
    4. Email feedback on a piece of communication of your choice
    5. Six-months’ access to online learning modules organised in six, two-week learning blocks  (including recordings from the live sessions)
  2. A substantial learning journal for keeping notes and recording your progress, which I will mail to you
  3. A copy of my new bookThe So What Strategy
  4. Lifetime access to the private Clarity First Facebook group and the Friday Five email videos and challenges

Note: you may be able to claim the costs of this program against your tax or be able to obtain reimbursement for some or all of the program from your employer. Many organisations have an education budget for promising emerging leaders: ask your HR team if you qualify.

You may also qualify for Continuing Education Points from your professional association: participants have in the past qualified.

EARLY BIRD OPEN NOW UNTIL 19 DECEMBER 2018

Substantial bonuses for those who join early

EARLY BIRD OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL 9pm, 19 DECEMBER 2018

Investment: $1,950 or $780 x3 (inc. taxes). Part payments due on joining, 17 March and 17 April.

  • BONUS 1: Hot Seat Coaching Session. If you are one of the first 6 people to sign up for each of two program time slots, you will have the opportunity to be in the ‘hot seat’. Each fortnight I  workshop a piece of communication live with one person, while other participants help you think through your story. (We will talk before hand so confidentiality is protected while still having a rich discussion).
  • BONUS 2: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive ‘Understanding your Board’ workshop co-hosted by myself and Board Advisory Specialist, Jane Stuchberry.
  • BONUS 3: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive Business Acumen Builder workshop hosted by me.
  • BONUS 4: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive workshop on how to finesse your PowerPoint presentation for different settings. For example, how do you prepare your deck if you are presenting in a formal setting, versus for a casual discussion. This session will be hosted by me.
  • BONUS 5: Immediate access to a series of powerful case studies where my colleague Gerard Castles introduces patterns for common communication situations such as business cases and board papers. He also discusses how to tailor your communication for a leadership team versus a board.

Early Birders are also invited to book a one-on-one coaching session with me at $500, rather than the usual $1,000

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is your Early Bird offer?

    EARLY BIRD OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL 9pm, 19 DECEMBER 2018

    Investment:$1,950 or $780 x3  (inc. taxes)

    • BONUS 1: Hot Seat Coaching Session. If you are one of the first 6 people to sign up, you will have the opportunity to be in the ‘hot seat’ during the program. Each fortnight I  workshop a piece of communication live with one person, while other participants help you think through your story. (We will talk before hand so confidentiality is protected while still having a rich discussion).
    • BONUS 2: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive ‘Understanding your Board’ workshop co-hosted by myself and Board Advisory Specialist, Jane Stuchberry.
    • BONUS 3: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive Business Acumen Builder workshop hosted by me.
    • BONUS 4: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive workshop on how to finesse your PowerPoint presentation for different settings. For example, how do you prepare your deck if you are presenting in a formal setting, versus for a casual discussion. This session will be hosted by me.
    • BONUS 5: Immediate access to a series of powerful case studies where my colleague Gerard Castles introduces patterns for common communication situations such as business cases and board papers. He also discusses how to tailor your communication for a leadership team versus a board.

    Early Birders are also invited to book a one-on-one coaching session with me at $500, rather than the usual $1,000 (+taxes)


    CORE PROGRAM

    Investment:$1,950 or $780 x3 (inc. taxes). This includes (at a minimum)

    1. Participation in the online program, which includes
      1. 6 x 1.5 hour recorded Core Learning Workshops where I share answers to the exercises, test your knowledge and introduce new content
      2. 6 x recorded Live Hot Seats with time for Q&A
      3. Practical exercises for each module
      4. Email feedback on a piece of communication of your choice
      5. Six-months’ access to online learning modules organised in six, two-week learning blocks  (including recordings from the live sessions)
    2. A substantial learning journal for keeping notes and recording your progress, which I will mail to you
    3. A copy of my new book, The So What Strategy
    4. Lifetime access to the private Clarity First Facebook group
    5. Life time access to the Friday Five email videos and challenges

    Note: you may be able to claim the costs of this program against your tax or be able to obtain reimbursement for some or all of the program from your employer. Many organisations have an education budget for promising emerging leaders: ask your HR team if you qualify.

    You may also qualify for Continuing Education Points from your professional association: participants have in the past qualified.

    Click here to download a brochure.

  • Who is this program for?

    This program is for executives of all levels who have a technical background and need to communicate with greater impact. Examples include

    • Business leaders who need their ideas to gain greater traction faster and with less rework
    • Analysts who frequently write reports
    • Team leaders who need to update their leaders, Steering Committees, technical forums and other governance groups about their progress or their recommendations and
    • Anyone who needs to articulate their point of view more clearly, particularly when communicating with non-technical audiences.

    Click here to download a brochure.

  • How many people have you helped learn this approach?

    Thousands! I have been designing and facilitating learning programs for the last 120 years for a wide range of organisations mainly in Australia, but also overseas. This has involved helping people across almost all industry sectors in the following business areas:

    1. Accounting and Finance
    2. Consulting (all kinds)
    3. Data science
    4. Human Resources
    5. IT
    6. Marketing
    7. Operations
    8. Project Management
    9. Risk
    10. Strategy
    11. Supply Chain
    12. The Law

    The 2019 cohort will be the 8th group (unless a client books another private group between now and then …)

     

  • What are the benefits of doing the program?

    Learning to think strategically about your communication delivers many benefits to you and your organisation. Here are three that stand out:

    You will have a reliable, repeatable way get out of the details

    One of the biggest challenges for technical experts is to know how to step back from the details they are immersed in and communicate with a helicopter view. This program offers a reliable, repeatable three step process that elevates you out of those details no matter what kind of communication you are preparing.

    You will spend less time preparing better quality communication

    You will know how to use a powerful, proven and universal three-step framework that enables you to clarify your thinking before you communicate in any business context, which will

    • Reduce the time you spend reworking multiple drafts of your communication before your leaders endorse it
    • Cut the number of clarification questions you receive from your audiences that slow down progress
    • Speed up your ability to ‘get things done’ as business audiences respond more quickly to your communication
    • Increase your chance of being promoted as you become visible for the right reasons

    You will have a universal approach for thinking through most business communication

    Once you master it, you will be able to distill your ideas down to one major insight that is supported by a small number of logically organised ideas. This is useful in many contexts, such as

    • Preparing for 1-1 conversations
    • Meetings and team huddles (one client told me she cut her meetings in half by putting the concepts I taught her into practice)
    • Formal emails (you will write fewer, shorter emails)
    • Written and PowerPoint communication (most likely fewer, shorter Word and PowerPoint documents too)

    But don’t take my word for it. Listen to past participants to hear what they have to say here.

  • How much work is involved?

    Participants invest about 2 hours per week (~25 hours total) of active learning over three months while also practicing their new skills at work (so they can get that time back!).

    Here is a breakdown:

      1. O-week Group Q&A Call (approximately 45 minutes).
      2. The core independent learning modules take about 4 hours to complete in small chunks in your own time
      3. Six, fortnightly Core Learning Workshops over 3 months: (about 90 minutes each)
      4. Six, fortnightly Hot Seat / Q&A calls over 3 months (about 90 minutes each)
      5. Exercises: About 15 minutes per fortnight
      6. Facebook interaction: up to you. After the formal program concludes, you can continue to enjoy the Facebook group conversation.

    Participants tell me they quickly ‘get back’ the time invested as they answer fewer clarification questions, fight fewer mis-fires and have a familiar and universal process to use when preparing their communication.

    Click here to download a brochure to learn more about the program.

  • How do you manage confidentiality?

    There are two factors to consider here: How will I keep your information confidential and how do I manage confidentiality within the group setting.

    On my side, I offer a confidentiality agreement and am equally happy to sign your standard corporate one

    I offer every participant a legally binding confidentiality agreement that explains that I will treat your material with the utmost respect. I have confidentiality agreements in place with leaders of many of Australia’s largest organisations and would treat your material with the same degree of respect that they require.

    If your organisation would like me to sign their standard agreement, send it to me and I will do so

    As for the group, I ask everyone to be careful about the level of detail they share and also to respect ‘Chatham House Rules’ 

    I encourage everyone to sanitise their communication by modifying company names and obscuring key financials where they deem necessary

    It is very feasible to have a rich conversation about a piece of communication while obscuring the source and complying with corporate confidentiality obligations.

    To be absolutely certain, I will communicate directly with each of the six Hot Seat participants before the sessions to agree ‘the code’ to enable us to ‘keep shtum‘ as needed during the session.

    I ask everyone to confirm upon application that they will keep any details that slip out to themselves. Chatham House Rules definitely apply.

     

  • When are the online sessions held?

    The March 2019 program runs over six, two-week blocks from mid March through to mid June.

    I offer two calls each Tuesday (Sydney Australian time), one of which will suit the US timezones and the other which will aim for UK / European timezones.

    I will confirm the exact times once the cohort is formed and I know where everyone is from.

    You are welcome to choose week by week which group you join: as your schedule permits and to watch the recordings when you are otherwise detained.

     

  • How much direct contact will I have with you during the program

    I will engage with you in a variety of ways throughout the program:

    • I will review a couple of pieces of your communication before we start so I am familiar with your current standing as well as your context (after signing an NDA – either yours or offering you my standard one)
    • I am online with the group every week throughout the program:
      • I facilitate the six Live interactive Core Learning Workshops
      • I facilitate the six Live HotSeat and Q&A Session where you can log in to ask questions about any part of the program
    • I am active in the Facebook group, either posting ideas for you, responding to queries or providing mini challenges
    • I also seek pieces of communication to discuss in the fortnightly Core Learning Workshops. This is a great way to share ideas and learn from each other.
    • Either I or one of my team provide personal feedback on one piece of communication during the program. You can learn more about my team here. We all trained in top-tier environments (most at McKinsey) and specialise in helping others master structured communication techniques.

    Click here to download a brochure to learn more about the program.

  • What happens if participants are on leave or sick during the program?

    The program is deliberately designed to accommodate the unpredictability of your work and personal lives.

    • The online modules can be completed anywhere on any device at any time during your six months’ program access
    • The Core Learning Workshops and the Hot Seats are recorded and posted in the course portal asap after the session. This means you can watch them if you miss the sessions and you can also revisit them if that is helpful.
    • Challenges and extra reading can be accessed any time
    • Recordings of bonus MasterClasses are stored in the Facebook Group for anytime access

    Click here to download a brochure to learn more about the program.

  • Is it better to complete the program independently or with colleagues?

    There are benefits both ways.

    Interaction with others while learning is always beneficial and I encourage everyone, whether they are joining the program alone or with colleagues to ensure they participate in the group fully so they get the most out of the program.

    Click here to download a brochure to learn more about the program.

  • Why use a Facebook group for group conversations rather than a LinkedIn group?

    I have found that people participate more actively via private Facebook groups than LinkedIn.

    I realise some of you may not want to mix work and pleasure and may not want to participate in a Facebook group, which is why I will email you regularly with updates. My goal is to offer multiple channels to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible for participants to engage in the concepts throughout the program.

    If you would like to see more about our public Facebook conversation you may like to visit our page: @communicateup .

  • Do you offer a guarantee?

    Yes, I offer a 30-day full money back guarantee.

    All I ask is that you let me know why the program doesn’t meet your expectations so I can improve it.

     

     

  • Do you offer private programs for organisations?

    There are at least two ways to go about this:

    Custom programs for larger teams: I am currently running three corporate programs: two for a retailer and one for an energy company. These teams value the opportunity to discuss confidential details of their communication within a secure and collaborative small-group environment.

    Private ‘pods’ within the public program: Where groups of 5 or more join the program, I offer a private hot seat for that team only. Other arrangements can also be customised.

    I also offer other customised purely online programs for groups of any size.

    Feel free to email me and we can talk about it.

  • What does the program cost?

    EARLY BIRD OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL 9pm, 19 DECEMBER 2018

    Investment:$1,950 or $780 x3 (inc. taxes)

    • BONUS 1: Hot Seat Coaching Session. If you are one of the first 6 people to sign up, you will have the opportunity to be in the ‘hot seat’ during the program. Each fortnight I  workshop a piece of communication live with one person, while other participants help you think through your story. (We will talk before hand so confidentiality is protected while still having a rich discussion).
    • BONUS 2: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive ‘Understanding your Board’ workshop co-hosted by myself and Board Advisory Specialist, Jane Stuchberry.
    • BONUS 3: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive Business Acumen Builder workshop hosted by me.
    • BONUS 4: Live seat at an exclusive 90-minute, interactive workshop on how to finesse your PowerPoint presentation for different settings. For example, how do you prepare your deck if you are presenting in a formal setting, versus for a casual discussion. This session will be hosted by me.
    • BONUS 5: Immediate access to a series of powerful case studies where my colleague Gerard Castles introduces patterns for common communication situations such as business cases and board papers. He also discusses how to tailor your communication for a leadership team versus a board.

    Early Birders are also invited to book a one-on-one coaching session with me at $500, rather than the usual $1,000 (+taxes)


    CORE PROGRAM

    Investment: $1,950 or $780 x3 (inc. taxes)

    Note: you may be able to claim the costs of this program against your tax or be able to obtain reimbursement for some or all of the program from your employer. Many organisations have an education budget for promising emerging leaders: ask your HR team if you qualify.

    You may also qualify for Continuing Education Points from your professional association: participants have in the past qualified.

    Click here to download a brochure.