PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TOOLBOX

Tools to help you use structured thinking techniques and achieve more at work

BUILD YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN YOUR OWN TIME

Clarity First Express
DIY course

Designed with busy professionals in mind, this course introduces techniques to help you communicate complex ideas.

It introduces The So What Strategy in 12 bite-sized chunks of about 15 minutes each, supported by challenges and notes.

See a difference as soon as you apply the ideas in module 1.

LEARN TOP-TIER PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AT YOUR PACE

Clarity in Problem Solving DIY course

Engaging stakeholders in the right message to the right people in the right way requires more than just polished delivery.

It requires us to solve the right problem before we know who the right people are and then synthesise our findings into the right message.

In this course I use my own experience using these techniques in my business as a case study, combined with a simple, high-level structure for you to follow in your own work.

The 7 module course includes detailed notes and exercises with solutions.

HELPING YOU ‘BECOME FRIENDS' WITH POWERPOINT

The So What Strategy book bundle

Have you ever been caught at the end of a presentation when your audience, perhaps a leadership team or a Steering Committee, looks at you blankly and asks this most uncomfortable question: ‘So what?' How does that help? If you have been in that position once, you don't want to be there again.

You want to know how to answer that question in one single, powerful sentence. Or, even better, set yourself up so nobody asks it.

In this practical book, Davina Stanley and Gerard Castles – communication strategists with decades of experience working with everyone from graduates through to the C-suite – reveal their proven approach.

When buying directly from us you also receive a desk reference as well as a free course and an opportunity to purchase some PowerPoint templates.

embed the techniques in your work

The So What Strategy  Desk Tent

To help you use storylining in your daily work, we have designed a practical reference to keep handy on your desk and pack flat in your laptop bag.

This magnetic, foldable, double-sided desk tent includes the 10 point test, our ‘Design, Develop, Deliver' framework, and the most commonly used grouping and deductive storyline patterns – everything you need to help structure and deliver clear communication using our So What Strategy techniques.

$15 per pack of 3 tents (incl. taxes and postage)

* Bundles with The So What Strategy book are also available, learn more here >>

HELPING YOU ‘BECOME FRIENDS' WITH POWERPOINT

300-image Powerpoint Library

Jeff Bezos of Amazon is famous for disliking PowerPoint so much that he banned it. While he is not alone in his dislike for the tool, most of us cannot abandon it altogether.

So, what to do?

Our colleague and PowerPoint wizard Neil Young has prepared a 300-image library to help us create beautiful and professional diagrams fast. Cutting and pasting from this library has enabled me to

Work out what image to display to illustrate a concept by flicking through the library of ‘solutions in search of problems' as Neil calls them, until the right one jumps out

Prepare professional charts with complex images that are aligned correctly, whether they involve flows, processes, tables or other concepts

Stop fussing over minutiae to get connectors connecting to the wrong spot or spending hours spacing shapes evenly across a page

I hope you find it as useful as I do.

$45 via immediate digital delivery.

TIME SPENT

60% less time spent preparing papers*

* Source: Client feedback

REWORK REQUIRED

1-2 iterations
(not 5-10 or more …)

RESULTS 

Less frustration, better, faster decisions

CLARITY FIRST TESTIMONIAL

“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, Customer experience adviser, Sydney Australia