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PRCA Future Leaders Programme - 15% off until July!

When: September 2020 

Where: ONLINE 

Member Price: £995 + VAT - 15% OFF  =  £845.75 + VAT

Non-member Price: £1195 + VAT - 15% OFF = £1014.90 + VAT

The PRCA future leaders programme is aimed at PR and communications practitioners who are preparing to make their next step into leadership roles. They will learn the essential skills of leadership, resilience, creativity, crisis management, coaching and much more. 

All attendees will receive a PRCA PR and Communications Leadership Diploma upon completing the two-day academy.

The trainers will include:

 21.09.20 from 10am to 12.30 - Lindsay Patterson MPRCA: You as a leader, today, tomorrow and 5 years from now 

This interactive kick off session will provide the building blocks for the programme, giving participants the opportunity to discuss their own personal leadership goals and challenges with the group, learn from others and build relationships which will underpin the programme as a whole.

The session will use collaborative white boarding tools to identify themes and core issues, and is a forum to share experience and learn from others.  The session will be run in a coaching style, designed to increase self-awareness, challenge assumptions and see things from other perspectives.

Participants will leave the session knowing that they are not the only ones facing certain challenges. They will also have a range of ideas to try with their own teams back at the office, and a clearer understanding of what they want to get out of the programme as whole. Most importantly, they will have build open and supportive relationships with other participants and will be ready for the sessions and coaching to come. 

24.09.20 from 10.00 - 13.00 - Emma Ewing MPRCA: Leading the way with feedback: Providing confident critical and positive feedback to get better results, improve motivation, and develop your team 

 Feedback is one of the cheapest and most powerful management tools we have on tap. Yet it's underused and often poorly handled. Even experienced communicators are in danger of missing a trick, delivering feedback that fails to produce positive change. Effective feedback gets people on track, develops great careers and helps to shape a culture that reinforces and rewards high performers. Feedback can also be highly motivating and energising. It has strong links to employee engagement and productivity. This highly interactive session will build your skills and confidence in giving feedback that gets results and creates the change you want. You'll learn the absolute no-nos of feedback as well as understanding how to shape a culture that actively welcomes feedback at all levels. You'll be able to show others how to deliver great feedback and set the stage for building better management communication at all levels.

24.09.20 from 10.00 - 13.00 - Jayne Constantinis MPRCAVirtually Brilliant Leadership Communication

 One of the key tools of 21st century leadership is an ability to communicate with confidence and skill. In 2020 leaders are facing an additional challenge – remote working.  Just as tennis players adapt their game for each surface, so we need to finesse our communication style for the virtual world. It requires a particular set of tools and techniques, and a unique tone of voice. Normal rules don’t apply. Basically, the fundamental pillars of good communication are amplified because we have fewer tools at our disposal and because the physical environment is more challenging. We are more exposed! The tools we do have must therefore work harder to enable us to achieve our objectives. Plus, our audiences are in an unusual ‘place’, literally and mentally. 

In this session you will learn the essentials of excellent communication in a variety of different scenarios:  how to exude gravitas and presence through verbal and non verbal techniques; how to present and pitch with clarity and relevance so that you can hold and inspire an audience; how to manage online meetings. The training is highly practical – you will leave with a set of tools to implement immediately. The 18-month programme of follow up support (a series of emails and 10 podcasts) ensures that your new behaviours are reinforced, extended and embedded.

26.09.20 from 10.00 - 13.00 - Jane Fordham MPRCAEmotional Intelligence as a Leadership Superpower

Performance Management & Internal Communications in a COVID-19 World

Is your leadership style built upon a foundation of self-awareness and a knowledge of your own emotional intelligence (EQ)? Social science tells us that even the smallest shot of positivity can give an individual a competitive edge or equally transform team engagement and business impact. Self-knowledge, EQ and wellbeing in a leader’s toolkit drives impactful communications, an ability to influence, engage and inspire a team, indeed all stakeholders. COVID-19 and the long-tail aftermath, has necessitated a paradigm shift in the parameters of performance management and internal communications.

This highly practical and interactive workshop, we will examine the facets of emotional intelligence and go on a journey to define your own EQ profile. From this sound basis of self-knowledge we will rebuilt an approach to people leadership fit for these extraordinary times. We will cover performance management and employee communication approaches to shore up the wellbeing and resilience of your teams, drive engagement and ultimately performance. You will also be given the opportunity for an EQ assessment after the programme is completed. 

Kate Hartley MPRCA, co-founder, Polpeo: Crisis Simulation Session

Kate Hartley co-founded Polpeo ( in 2013 with global social media agency, The Social Element. Polpeo’s software simulates how a crisis unfolds and spreads over social and digital media, so that communications teams can prepare for and rehearse managing a crisis in a closed, private environment. Kate has 25 years’ agency-side experience in crisis and reputation management and corporate PR. She runs workshops highlighting the impact of social media on crisis management worldwide and speaks regularly at international events, most recently at SXSW, The Global PR Summit, PR Week’s Crisis Communications, and Social Media Today’s Social Shake Up. She is a member of the CIPR and the PRCA, and sits on the PRCA’s Digital Steering Committee which is designed to shape digital best practice across the PR industry. 

In the live crisis simulation interactive training session, attendees will experience what it’s like to manage a live crisis as it unfolds on social and digital media. Using Polpeo’s interactive crisis simulation platform, delegates will work in teams to manage a company’s reputation as a crisis hits in real-time. The session is designed to test and improve  crisis handling skills, discuss approaches with peers and with the Polpeo trainers, and provoke discussion about how to create crisis plans that are robust enough to withhold an attack during a crisis. 

Also, there will be a diveristy and inclusion module which we are finalising details for and every delegate will have a 1 hour one-to-one coaching session to reinforce learning and discuss an action plan for their organisation or client.

To find out more and to book a place, please contact


"I honestly took so much away from the Academy - more than I could have hoped for. I really feel that the skills I learned will develop me to the next stage in my career and were genuinely so useful." - Sophie Baillie MPRCA, PR and Marketing Manager

"Brilliant location which helped create an environment for engaging discussions and enabling me to open my mind to different ideas." - Richard Edney, Management Consultant

"It was a really great training event - loads of practical advice that I can put into place straight away." - Celia Moran MPRCA, Press and Communications Manager

“I was promoted into a senior role last year, which involves working with the chief executives and other senior staff in the eight NHS national health boards in Scotland. As a Communications and Engagement Implementation Lead, I need to be able to think strategically, so that I can work effectively and offer the best possible advice and assistance. Gaining the PRCA PR Leadership Diploma has helped me to understand what other leaders expect from me and how I needed to grow into my new role. I found the sessions at the academy to be both informative and inspirational. The one to one coaching session and follow up support has also been extremely valuable to me.” - Vivienne Wilson, NHS, Communications and Engagement Implementation Lead

This event has been sponsored by Polpeo.