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Smart Leadership Series

Smart Leadership is perfect for people who want to grow their management skills quickly, simply, and practically. Packed with hands-on experiences and real-world applications, these short courses will add essential skills to your toolkit as an exceptional leader who achieves results and inspires others!

Designed with your schedule and needs in mind:

  • Short, practical 2hr workshops
  • One topic, one evening each month
  • Complete as many workshops as you need
  • Complete workshops in any order
  • Refresh as often as you like Please find a list of our current course offerings below.

Cost: A$75 per workshop

  1. Smart Communication for Leaders
    Tues 26 February, 6-8pm.
  2. Smart Conflict for Leaders
    Tues 26 March, 6-8pm
  3. Smart Emotions for Leader
    Tues 30 April, 6-8pm
  4. Smart Networking for Leaders
    Tues 28 May, 6-8pm
  5. Smart Decision Making for Leaders
    Tues 25 June, 6-8pm
  6. Smart Planning for Leaders
    Tues 23 July, 6-8pm

To register for any of these workshops please visit the event page

Smart Communication for Leaders

Smart leaders know how to communicate with anyone in any context. They have a toolkit of smart communication skills and know how and when to apply them. In this interactive workshop you will discover 4 key ingredients to smart communication, why they matter, how to recognise them and how to apply them. You will walk away with practical tips and tools about how to:

  • Work with extroverts and introverts
  • Reduce stress and fatigue
  • Short circuit procrastination
  • Make faster, better decisions
  • Value and leverage team diversity
  • Take timely, productive action

Smart Conflict for Leaders

Smart leaders are confident, they know how to navigate with grace and skill the tensions and disagreements that are inevitable in groups and teams. In this interactive workshop you will discover why conflict is a good problem to have, the relationship between conflict and innovation and how to use conflict to build your team. You will take away practical tips and tools about how to:

  • Get comfortable with discomfort
  • Reframe conflict and use it to your advantage
  • Turn conflict into communication
  • Have courageous conversations
  • Bounce back and build resilience
  • Create a healthy culture of productive tension

Smart Emotions for Leaders

Smart leaders have emotional intelligence, they understand people. Smart leaders know how to work well with others, manage stress, make effective decisions and inspire others to positive action. In this interactive workshop you will understand what emotional intelligence is, how to grow it and how to use it. Upon completion of the workshop you will walk away with practical tips and tools about how to:

  • Be more self-aware and enhance relationships
  • Recognise and manage emotional influences in behaviour
  • Be a more authentic leader
  • Foster trust and a positive work culture
  • Facilitate difficult conversations with confidence
  • Balance empathy and assertiveness
  • Make better decisions and reduce stress 

Smart Networking for Leaders

Smart leaders know how to grow their networks. They know how to be in the right place at the right time to turn connections and conversations into opportunities. In this interactive workshop you will discover why your network is your net worth, how to network the smart way and how to catch when everyone else is pitching. You will take away practical tips and tools about how to:

  • Use a Gaddie pitch
  • Build genuine connections
  • Listen and ask better questions
  • Start a conversation (and how to end one)
  • Be interesting by being interested (AIDA)
  • Follow up immediately
  • Use social media effectively

Smart Decision Making for Leaders

Smart leaders know how to make decisions. They know how to choose the best way forward when faced with uncertainty, complexity, risk and alternative opinions. In this interactive workshop you will discover the power of purposeful decisions, learn how people influence decisions and understand how decisions influence people. You will walk away with practical tips and tools about how to:

  • Separate simple and complex decisions
  • Make timely decisions
  • Facilitate collaborative decisions
  • Delegate decisions
  • Use the Z-frame decision model
  • Use the ACCORD decision model
  • Grow a decision tree

Smart Planning for Leaders

Smart leaders know how to plan their actions and action their plans. They are clear on their vision, mission, values and purpose. They set goals and measure progress. In this interactive workshop you will learn why strategic planning doesn't work, why strategic doing does work and how to do strategic doing. You will walk away with practical tips and tools about how to:

  • Break the cycle of analysis paralysis
  • Make goal setting fun
  • Use a lean planning model
  • Create a strategic doing cycle
  • Manage your actions
  • Leverage your time
  • Foster a 'Day One' mindset
PATH training
PATH training by Parent to Parent: for disability support planning

PATH stands for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope. It is a globally recognised, visual, person-centred planning and goal setting tool using graphics to map out a vision of a desirable future for an individual or a group of people. It helps participants and their supporters to focus on their dreams and goals. PATH is ideal for people that support someone living with a disability, family members, community workers, health professionals, and teachers.

What will you learn?

  • An understanding of the basic process of PATH
  • To understand the different roles within each process and have the opportunity to experience the different roles for yourself
  • Confidence in using graphics, through learning simple tools and practising in a safe environment
  • Thinking in different ways about recording information and problem-solving
  • The ability to co-facilitate a PATH.

The workshop runs from 9.30am-4pm on both days with lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided. All workbooks and tools needed during the workshop are provided by your facilitators. This is not an accredited course however, you will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of day two.

For more information about this workshop please email or call 1800 777 712.

Grammar fundamentals
Grammar fundamentals

Do you write letters, reports, emails, blogs, web content, speeches, novels, funding submissions?

Are your words a joy to read?

Refresh your English grammar skills and punctuate like a pro. In this half day workshop, our grammar guru will increase your knowledge of fundamental grammar and punctuation rules including those tricky apostrophes and commas, sentence structure, and capitalisation. Spot a split infinitive in a second. This lively course will help you to understand the correct use of English grammar and punctuation, and become a more confident writer.

Educator: Irene O’Leary is an accomplished teaching professional in tertiary education. She has taught academic writing and study skills for students at universities across Queensland and Victoria.

Duration: half day
Cost: A$75

Date: Friday 5 April 2019

Time: 9.30am-12.30pm

For more information and to register visit the event page.

Public speaking skills
Present like no-one is watching: taking the pain out of public speaking

Public speaking is one of the most feared of all human activities, which is why good speakers are so respected. They have conquered the fear and have dared to share their passion and vulnerability; they have experienced the liberation of being able to communicate.

Good communication is not innate - it can be taught. This course will explain how you can deal with these anxieties, teach you relaxation techniques to express the real you and show you how to create an authentic rapport with your audience.

An introduction to vocal dynamism will ensure your audience is continually engaged. This is a practical course conducted in a supportive environment. Individual feedback will be provided on the day.

Educator: Dr Lynette Maguire is an author, presenter, researcher and social commentator. Lynette graduated with her Doctoral degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2015 with the University’s highest award for a graduating student the Chancellor’s Medal.

Duration: Two x 3 hour workshops delivered over two evenings.
Cost: A$150

Dates: 27 March and 3 April 2019

Time: 5-8pm

How to register

For more information or to register visit the event page.

Project management
Introduction to Project Management: planning the work and working the plan

What does it take to be a good project manager, and what happens (or should happen) between the start and close of a project?

This course offers an overview for small business owners and/or employees who find themselves running projects but may not feel that they have the structure, system or strategy in place to achieve the best results. You will:

  • learn how to apply key elements of best-practice project management theory to small and medium projects
  • develop an understanding of when to out-source activities or to keep them in-house
  • have a checklist and an understanding of what needs to be considered when planning a project
  • understand that projects and people are inextricably linked.

This is a hands-on short course where you will put theory into practice, so it is essential to attend on both days (two evenings).

Educator: Dericka Frost holds a Master of Business Administration and is a tutor in the USC Business School in the areas of corporate governance, social responsibility, and business ethics. Her broad professional career has included experience in recruitment, project management, and business administration.

Duration: Two x 3 hour workshops delivered over two evenings
Cost: A$150

Date: 19 and 26 March 2019

Time: 5-8pm

How to register

For more information or to register visit the event page.

Arts Law seminars
Know Your Writes

Writing and publishing touch on many complex legal issues. Join Arts Law as we cover the basics of things to look out for in publishing contracts, copyright and your work, the online space and defamation law. This session is relevant to all writers.

For more information please email us

Copywright 101 for Artists

Creating art means creating copyright. Let us walk you through owning and using your copyright, knowing your moral rights as well as creating copyright with other people. This session uses practical examples, case studies from artists’ experiences and hypothetical scenarios to help make copyright accessible and, dare we say, fun for creatives. This session is relevant to all creatives and artists across all art forms.

For more information please email us

When law hits the catwalk: How fashion and law can look good together

If you are a professional or emerging designer and want to learn more about the legal side of things, come along to a free Arts Law seminar geared to fashion businesses and presented by Suzanne Derry from Arts Law Australia.

Fashion as a business:

  • structuring your business, business basics
  • partnering with others
  • contracts and getting deals down in writing

Copyright and design issues:

  • what do you need to know about design registration and copyright

For more information please email us

Legals for Musicians

Walking you through the legal issues around contracts to navigate, to successful protection and marketing of your music. This workshop helps you understand your rights and how to deal with them in growing your music practice. We will cover rights you have in your music, things to consider when you are performing in a band, and what to look out for in producer and publishing agreements. This workshop is relevant to all musicians, including solo artists and bands.

For more information please email us

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