Presentation and public speaking - delivered via Institution of Civil Engineers
“A really amazingly interactive training session that had me engaged for the whole duration.”
"I thought the training was excellent and of all the courses I’ve had over the years this was probably by far the best. I feel far more confident in my approach now and have learned what I was doing wrong and how I can ‘hopefully’ improve upon it.”
“I thought the workshop was excellent. Very well presented (unsurprisingly!), but really engaging, interactive and stimulating. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was really impressed. Having done a lot of these kind of training courses before, and having a lot of presenting experience, I was a bit concerned I didn’t have much to learn - but he did a great job of taking on board our prior experiences and moulding the workshop around us.”
Training delegates - President's Future Leaders Scheme
"Chalkstream delivered general public speaking training for ICE’s policy and public affairs team. The training programme was well structured so that it was clear what the learning outcomes were. All participants were kept involved and feedback from the course leader was well tailored to suit individual needs."
Ben Goodwin, Lead Policy Manager, Institution of Civil Engineers
Reputation leadership (in higher education) - delivered via Wonkhe
"The team at Chalkstream are expert communicators, both in the content they deliver and the way they go about it. Constantly engaging and full of insight, they provide the highest quality professional development.”
Ant Bagshaw, Deputy Director, Wonkhe
"The presenters were incredibly expert, drawing on a wide range of research and insight, but the content was delivered in an engaging informal style and with a good understanding of the particularities of the context participants were working in."
Debbie McVitty, Director of Policy, University of Bedfordshire
"A lot of excellent information to help in thinking through the issues. Small group - easy to engage and learn from others. Good feel to the day. Pleasant venue. Responsive and expert facilitators."
Director of Corporate Affairs, Conservatoire
Crisis and issues management
“Ben’s reputation, both as a communications professional and workshop leader, encouraged me to ask Chalkstream to deliver some crisis communications training to our in-house communications personnel and Senior Leadership Team. An excellent bespoke session was delivered, tailored to previously discussed aims and objectives, which detailed the importance of planning and preparation in a crisis situation and trust in the communications team. The session was delivered with clear prior research and planning to meet our needs and very useful accompanying resources.”
Tim Hudson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Cheadle Hulme School
"The session was described as interesting, brilliant, excellent, extremely helpful, really useful and offering practical information/tips. The speaker was said to be a ‘great speaker’ who knows his stuff and has a ‘very engaging style.’"
Sue Pember, Director of Policy and External Relations, Holex
“We used Chalkstream to support our leadership team in leading and shaping our communication strategy. Ben and the team were highly professional, experienced and knowledgeable. They really challenged our thinking on reputation management, leading issues and crisis communications and working with the media. Chalkstream gave us invaluable tools and support to help us create our strategy. I would highly recommend their services.”
Karen Mitchell, Principal, Aylesbury College
“Our media training day facilitated was well-considered, structured and extremely useful, both in encouraging discussion about the importance of communication excellence as well as the opportunity to practice media interviews. The feedback from the senior management team was universally positive.”
Yasmin Jeffery, Head of Marketing and Communications, West Suffolk College
“The experience, knowledge and skill of the trainers was very evident, the challenge provided by the training was excellent and made the time spent very worthwhile – I felt I learned an awful lot in a very short period of time!”
Kate Williams, Centre Principal, Salford City College