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Plan Your Leadership Communication Development

Categories: Business Communication, Professional Development


 At the start of the new year, you’re busy juggling many top priorities. One focus should be planning ahead for skills training – yours and those of your team.

While just-in-time (JIT) training is effective to ensure technical competence, leadership communication requires ongoing reinforcement and enhancement. How do you keep growing your team’s communication and leadership skills?

Putting the right plan in place now will provide a cohesive training agenda over the coming months — or even the entire year.

As you plan your 2019, you may find some inspiration in the examples of leadership communication initiatives below:

  1. Presentation Skills: Regardless of role, the ability to deliver compelling presentations to any audience is crucial. BRODY recently delivered a year-long initiative to develop confident, polished presenters. It began with presentation fundamentals, which is a good reminder for even experienced presenters. Then the programs took a closer look at specialized elements of presenting: such as persuasive speaking, engaging with stories, and impromptu speaking.

Each program reinforced the previous learning and built onto it. The initiative leveraged a variety of learning environments, including interactive webinars, intersession work and onsite workshops. By the end of the initiative, each participant was able to deliver an engaging and compelling presentation, including the ability to handle questions and challenges.

  1. Leadership Immersion: Developing leadership skills can benefit high potentials, new leaders and even experienced managers. Consider a Leadership Immersion Program to develop the diverse skills needed to be an effective leader. BRODY’s initiative for a client began with how to build and market your personal brand. The next focus was on enhancing leadership presence to become an inspiring leader that people want to follow. Additional topics included creating a culture of accountability, influencing, and presentation skills.

A leadership immersion program should build momentum over time. It can begin with a live kickoff event, and incorporate interactive webinars, individual learning and onsite sessions to reinforce key skills.

When planning initiatives for your own organization, consider following these best practices:

  • Ensure the program is relevant to the participants based on their key responsibilities.
  • Get buy-in from managers and follow-up with them before and after each training event.
  • Create a system for accountability that enables participants to share commitments and actions taken based on the training. Try gamification!

With a great leadership communication training plan in place, you will see noticeable improvements in how your team communicates, collaborates and – ultimately – performs.

Contact us at to learn how we can help you start planning today.

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