This course has now taken place.


Whether you’re faced with a challenging question about your proposal, put on the spot in an important meeting or asked to defend your presentation, quick thinking and articulating your thoughts succinctly can be a challenge. Little time is given to training professionals to handle these challenges, despite it being a valuable skill for anyone working in a high-pressured environment.

Many assume that the ability to think quickly is something that you either have or you don’t, but in fact it is a skill which can be learned, honed and mastered. Attend this one-day, highly interactive Quick Thinking training course to learn a number of tried and tested techniques for how to deal with nerves when thinking on the spot.

Realise the opportunities associated with thinking quickly and keeping your composure under pressure. Learn how to say no and understand the best ways for you to maximise your impact through good, engaging responses in all your encounters at work.

About the Chair: Jo Clift
Jo started her career in the arts as a communications professional and subsequently worked at the heart of government for over twenty years, mainly at the Cabinet Office. She was Head of Communications for the BSE Inquiry and then Press Secretary to Lord Falconer. She has worked closely with many ministers over the years, including Lord Peter Mandelson and Sir Oliver Letwin. She also worked at Number 10 in the Prime Minister’s press office.

Jo’s other government roles include creating the coalition’s ICT strategy, developing a new model for corporate shared services across Whitehall, and leading on high level board appointments to public bodies. Jo also gained private sector experience as a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting.