Introductory Workshop –
Thinking Skills to help you communicate complex ideas

Great business communicators make navigating complexity look easy. We grasp their ideas easily as they draw us into well-structured and engaging narratives.

It is tempting to think this ability comes from writing better sentences and preparing better PowerPoints.

However, I think success lies more in connecting the dots between the technical details and the commercial context.

This ability to synthesise offers them

  • respect for their technical and commercial acumen
  • enjoyable discussions around the substance of their message rather than clarifying what they mean
  • greater satisfaction as their messages land, projects move forward and results are delivered 

In this introductory workshop Davina Stanley will introduce key thinking skills that will improve your ability to convey complex ideas with compelling clarity.

Course Overview –

Davina will challenge you to think differently about the foundations of powerful business communication. She provides participants with the tools, perspectives and frameworks needed to successfully engage others in complex ideas in business.

During this interactive workshop you will…

  • Learn the basis for structuring a compelling business story
  • Practice three core thinking skills that will set your communication apart from others
  • Leverage our seven most-commonly used story structuring patterns
  • Work in a small group to rework a short prose communication

The workshop also includes a 10-day follow up program consisting of a two-week email course expanding on a different thinking skill each day.

What others say about Davina's workshops –

The approach you guided us through is excellent.

I'm finding the more I lean into it, the more natural it becomes to frame meaningful content … it's like a ‘magic pattern'.

Nathan, Consultant, Queensland Government Department

I did your course last year and found it extremely useful and continue to use the So What framework – I find it's a bullet-proof method for communicating anything!

I've since left and am now at a new company. We are in a significant growth phase and as such, there are a lot of leads in the business making change and need to communicate this to the Execs and our Board.

Execs have noticed a difference in how I communicate ideas – that they are clear, succinct and actionable, thanks to you!

Can you please give me a call so I can give you some context and arrange a call with my COO to teach our people?

Bianca, Senior Product Manager, Technology Company

Your facilitator –

I love what I do.

I have had the pleasure of helping smart people all over the world to clarify and communicate complex ideas for the past 25+ years.

I first learned the approach when working at McKinsey in Hong Kong in the mid 1990s. Since then I have had the pleasure of having Barbara Minto approve my Pyramid Principle training in 2008.

The structured approach that I teach, the So What Strategy, helps people from almost every discipline.

It offers a universal thinking process that enables you to articulate the breakthrough lurking beneath the surface of your communication.

Pre-requisites –

Nil. Designed for professionals of any level who want to add structured thinking skills into their communication and problem solving toolkit.

Inclusions –

Pre-work – 15 minute introductory video

Workshop – May 27 at 8am (Sydney time, AEST)

  • an interactive two hours for a maximum of 30 participants
  • tools and templates to help you use the ideas
  • PDF notes

Follow-upLifetime access to our new 10-day Thinking Skills course. One short module delivered each week day to reinforce and add to what we do together

Recording – available to anyone who missed the session (for two weeks after the workshop) 

Timing –

If you are interested and the scheduled time doesn't suit you, email me using the form below. We have a waitlist forming for different timezones.

USD129.00 / seat

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