When stakeholders push back on your content recommendations, you don’t need to cringe. When they share opinions and anecdotes, insist on using jargon, or appear to ignore the data, resist the temptation to argue your case. Objections are opportunities: they show that stakeholders care about content and want to be involved in making it effective. All it takes to move from conflict to productive dialogue is to change how you hear feedback. What if your stakeholders aren’t trying to undermine you, but instead want to work with you to find content solutions that meet user needs?
In this 1-day course Jonathan Kahn will show you how to reframe objections as opportunities to collaborate with your stakeholders. Learn how to:
Practise techniques like pair writing and user research
Customise your learning for your specific context and challenges
Meet fellow content professionals over lunch and coffee
“An invaluable way to learn more about collaboration within content strategy. We learned how to overcome barriers to change and how to share the same perspective with our stakeholders.”Stephanie Hubbard, Brilliant Noise (read Stephanie’s writeup)
“A well paced, interactive and informative day. I now have simple tools and techniques I can use to collaborate with stakeholders which I believe will genuinely help.” Janey Crichton, NHS Health Scotland
“Very relevant for a multiple stakeholder large organisation.” Simon Peters, Transport for London
“It was brilliant to get time off the day job and really think about our content needs and how to fulfil them.” Sarah Hunter, Financial Conduct Authority
“Engaging and enjoyable. I came away with a lot of new techniques that I wish to implement in my current role.”Joshua Evans, The Stroke Association
Cost: £500 + VAT.
This price is for online payment by credit/debit card.
The course runs 9am–5pm and includes refreshments and lunch.
The course is not an introduction to agile methodologies. It’s designed for experienced content professionals who want to get buy-in from stakeholders without giving up on the principles of effective content. If you’re unsure whether the course will meet your needs, please contact us before you register.
We accept cancellations up to 60 days before the event: we’ll refund your registration minus a 20% cancellation fee. Fewer than 60 days before the event we won’t refund your registration.
Note: we don’t allow transfers. Please make sure that you can attend before you register.
For groups of 10 or more, we can lead training inside your organisation. Sessions can either follow our 1-day course syllabus or focus on techniques like pair writing or finding shared content principles. We can also run sessions at conferences or team retreats.
If you’d like to arrange training for your organisation, get in touch.
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