How to deal with red flashing lights: Fierce Open Workshops

Just when you think that the economy is getting better: a Prime Minister chips in to say ‘beware’.


So what should you do if the lights are flashing red on the dashboard?


Our Sarah Vogel says continuing doing the same isn’t a plausible option.


“What you have done in the past might get you to a good position but it isn’t going to get you to an outstanding one” Sarah explains. “And it’s being outstanding that will make you and your organisation more resilient.”


Your heart might be sinking if you’re thinking that you will need to throw everything at the situation.


Not so.


“It’s the way we talk to, and work with our colleagues and those around us which is key,” says Sarah. “It’s connecting positively and dealing with the real challenges that confront us.”


The public and private sector delegates on our Fierce Open Workshop in Birmingham on December 2nd and 3rd will be working on improving their own conversations and the ways they collaborate.


That will put them in good stead for dealing with what is actually flashing red on their dashboard.

Influencing Open Workshop at St Giles Training Suite

Fabulous Venue

We have used some amazing venues for our Open Workshops and were delighted to be invited to work with St Giles Hospice for the January Influencing Dates. Carol was so helpful with the practicalities of organising the event and when we arrived the room was even better than we had expected. There was a huge amount of natural daylight, clever layout and good quality equipment to use throughout our two days. The staff throughout St Giles were amazing - thankyou.


Mixed Up Delegates

Aside from the juicy content and sparkling delivery from David and myself (!), the feedback and engagement from the varied delegates on this workshop was priceless. On our open programmes, people come for a wide range of organisations from the very large to the self employed. This time, some of the sectors overlapped a little which led to rich examples for the behavioural sessions and everyone was generous in their listening and discovering to find out more about one anothers issues and points to tackle. I am thrilled to see that links have been made between the group which will last beyond the workshop.


Feedback about PDA

Thankyou to all of you – despite not taking us up on the offer of a video testimonial! Your feedback is very much appreciated.


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Dates for your Spangly new calendar

The dates for the 2013 PDA workshops are below, the venues are yet to be confirmed and we will make sure the details are on the website as soon as we have booked them. We will no doubt be visiting our friends at The Studio, Birmingham and Manchester and if you have any suggestions for great venues across the UK then please do let me know!  

Fierce Conversations 2 day Workshop

March 19th/20th Birmingham

June 11th/12th Manchester

September 24th/25th London

December 3rd/4th Birmingham


Influencing Skills 2 day Workshop Venue TBC

May 1st/2nd

July 23rd/24th

Oct 16th/17th


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