This course has now taken place.

Being able to respond effectively to quick-fire or complex questions is a skill that can make or break your career. Little time is given to training public sector professionals to handle difficult scenarios, despite it being such a valuable skill.

Many assume that the ability to think quickly is something that you either have or not, but in fact it is a cognitive process that can- and should- be practiced. Quick thinking involves pre-empting tricky questions, understanding what questions are really asking and remaining composed under pressure.

Attend this Quick Thinking course, led by public sector communications expert Jo Clift, in order to gain the techniques and the confidence to think quickly and effectively, whatever the situation.

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.