As Office Managers we have a lot of responsibility. Not only are we the primary support person for our MP, but we're also responsible for managing an office and a small team.
Westminster Professionals training courses have been developed by experienced Office Managers and political professionals who have seen it all before.
Our courses are focused on the real-world demands of an Office Manager, influenced by best-practice management techniques used in the corporate and NGO sectors, to bring the best out of you and your team.
Leading and Influencing teams and people
Build you leadership and management skills
Get better results from your team by communicating better, giving great feedback, managing difficult conversations and resolving conflict with staff
Office financial management and IPSA compliance
Learn how to properly budget and forecast so you can make the most out of your resources
Ensure you always remain compliant with IPSA rules and processes
Develop practical skills in dealing with challenging cases such as those with mental illness, those affected by drugs, those with a language background other than English and urgent cases
Work through real-life exercises to help build your skills and resilience
Communicating for political impact
Stop just sending out ‘stuff’ and start achieving political impact through communicating strategically.
Learn how to plan and implement smart communication strategies using professional methods designed specifically for MP’s offices.
Using Parliament for political effect
Strategically develop your political aims and objectives
Learn the avenues, tips & techniques to achieve your aims inside and outside of the Westminster village
Media Management for Communications staff
Develop clear and consistent messages. Then get your message out there by understanding the media cycle and what journalists want.
Lean the skills to plan and sell your upcoming positive media stories. Don't break a sweat responding to journalist requests. Develop plans for known upcoming media risks.
Get your message across by adopting our proven communication frameworks. Write like a pro with 'zinger' headlines and developing quotes journalists actually want to use.
Lean techniques like the inverted news pyramid and how to structure opinion pieces to ensure you prove your point and put forward a compelling argument.
Researching and communicating political intelligence
Practice developing strong political research strategies, finding rich sources of information, helping you to construct a strong, cohesive, evidence-based argument
Make political impact by communicating your findings effectively, including creating charts, graphs and images for use on social media
Political Speech writing
Stand out from the crowd by mastering the art of speech writing
Understand your audience and set the right tone for your speaker. Using clever rhetorical devices and proven frameworks, structure your speeches to achieve maximum impact
Demystifying stakeholder engagement
Specially designed for small organisations who want to develop evidence-based, professional stakeholder engagement skills and strategies
Learn and practice stakeholder mapping, pro-active engagement strategies, account management and the interpersonal skills needed to win over your stakeholders
Transform your approach to casework. Deliver real benefits to those who seek your help and highlight the great achievements of your MP helping local constituents.
Though-provoking group exercises to help you re-think how casework adds value to your MP and how it can provide the groundwork for great campaigns