Updated: 10 April 2022
What is the London intensive?
We call our flagship communication skills training course the “London intensive”. We run it over two days in a studio space in central London. It’s the ideal environment to try out new techniques and practise a range of scenarios. Your cohort will be no larger than 10 students. That means there’s plenty of time to focus on what you want to achieve. You’ll get personalised feedback from your trainer. You’ll learn skills that you can apply to everyday work—right away. And you’ll have a lot of fun.
Having a physical space to work in lets you experience more techniques. It also makes it easy to learn how to use them. You’ll build trust with your cohort as you help each other to develop communication skills.
The course starts with a goal-setting exercise. Everyone will share what they want to achieve from taking part. This allows the trainer to customise your experience. Then you’ll practise new skills through games, exercises and role-plays. There’s also time for each student to get custom coaching from the trainer.
The course includes three coaching sessions via Zoom. (One before the course, two afterwards.) You’ll also get lifetime access to our self-paced online training.
Benefits of face-to-face intensive training
Face to face training is the most effective way to learn interpersonal skills. If you can attend the London intensive, we recommend that you choose this option.
The benefits of intensive training include:
- a safe space to learn people skills
- realistic role plays that help you apply skills at work
- getting to know your cohort as you help each other to learn
- enough time to try out new approaches
- personalised guidance and feedback
Let’s discuss each of these benefits in turn.
A safe space to learn people skills
Using a studio space over two days creates an ideal learning environment. You’ll have the time, space and support to learn and practise many techniques.
Most people find communication easier in person. (Compared to talking over the phone or via Zoom). You have more information to work with. It’s easier to listen to people. And you’re less likely to misunderstand each other.
But there’s more. Learning is also easier face to face. Many of the skills you’ll learn involve moving around the space. It might be playing games or trying different physical approaches. (This is sometimes called non verbal communication or body language.) These activities are easy and fun to try at an in-person course.
The trainer creates a safe space for people to try out new behaviours. This encourages students to leave their comfort zones. That’s when real learning happens. It’s also a lot of fun.
Realistic role plays that help you apply skills at work
Most students find that new techniques don’t “click”—or make sense—until they’ve tried them out in a real scenario. At the London intensive you’ll take part in realistic role-plays. These exercises show you how to apply your new skills in the workplace.
The space allows us to play out scenes that feel like the real thing. By moving some chairs and a table, we can recreate a job interview. Or a conference talk. Or a boardroom pitch to the leadership team. Whatever your goals, our intensive training creates the backdrop to learn soft skills. It’s a practical and relevant approach.
Get to know your cohort as you help each other to learn
Intensive training provides a unique opportunity to get to know your cohort. You’ll work together during exercises. And you’ll have time to connect with each other during the breaks. (We include lunch and refreshments, which makes this easier.)
Learning soft skills with others is more powerful than doing it alone. That’s because:
- everyone helps each other to learn by taking part in exercises and offering feedback
- through helping others you get insight into how communication works
- it creates a mutual exchange
- trying new things with a group of people is more fun and less scary
Your cohort will be 4–10 students. This allows group learning while also allowing time to focus on each student’s goals. Your cohort supports you to learn new skills, practise and get feedback. You’ll also work in pairs using the peer coaching approach. This lets you set goals, explore obstacles and measure progress together.
Enough time to try out new approaches
Learning interpersonal skills takes repetition and practice. It’s not enough to try out a technique once and move on to the next activity. To embed new skills into your everyday work you need more. You need to experiment, get feedback and practise different approaches.
The intensive format is brilliant for this. It provides time to rehearse different ideas in a supportive space. You’re not getting generic guidance and tips. You’re taking part in custom activities based on your situation and goals. And you’re getting feedback from an experienced trainer and a group of peers.
Personalised guidance and feedback
Your trainer for the London intensive is Jonathan Kahn. He’s Founder of Together London and an experienced communication skills trainer. During the course Jonathan will give you personalised guidance, coaching and feedback. He’ll adapt it to your goals, experience level and the scenarios that you encounter at work.
Every group has some shared themes. But each student in your cohort will have different needs and goals. The London intensive embraces these differences. It creates the space and time for each student to work on the areas that they’re interested in. Two days provides time for Jonathan to customise the course to meet each student’s goals.
This means the course will be relevant. It will address the communication challenges you face in the workplace. You’ll take away new skills, approaches and techniques that you’ll use as soon as you return to the office.
Who is the course suitable for?
The London intensive is suitable for anyone who wants to be more effective at work. It’s designed for all levels of experience. Whether you’re an experienced communicator or are starting your career. If you:
- want to see improvements in your communication in a short period of time
- would like to learn many approaches and techniques
- appreciate specific guidance that’s relevant to your goals
- enjoy learning in a supportive group setting
- are able to spend two full days in London
- have access to a training budget
…then the London intensive is for you.
If you’re not sure whether it’s a good fit, book a free 15-minute consultation to discuss.
Reviews from past students
Here’s what students who completed the course said about it:
“This is the best course I’ve ever been on. It transformed how I communicate and hard-wired these changes into my day-to-day work (and life) through practice, analysis and repetition. Recommend for anyone who wants to get better at managing stakeholders or influencing change.”
Scott, Scottish Government
“It was insightful to uncover the different mechanisms that shape the way I’m being perceived. Playing the scenario made the theory more practical and listening to how you word things helped me expand my vocabulary and toolset for dealing with these situations.”
“It was great to have the environment and guidance to practise. I liked the improv aspects, the games and practical exercises. Having the group involved in exercises was great and representative of reality. I think the course can make workplaces more humane.”
Andrew, The Scale Factory
“It taught me to be self reflective, to be conscious of others I’m talking to, and that the way I carry myself makes a massive difference to the outcomes I can achieve. I think everyone could benefit from this.”
Tim, National Lottery Community Fund
“I took away lots of practical ways to rethink language and physicality. Also, more broadly I think it has helped with confidence. I think plenty of professionals would benefit from this, and get a lot from how practical it is.”
Dan, Ministry of Justice
“The role-playing exercise imitated real life events and prepared me better for them. Acting out aspects such as high and low status showed me how impactful they are in real life. I learned many things that will improve my professional career.”
Pricing & what’s included
The London intensive costs + VAT.
The price includes:
- lunch and refreshments on both days
- digital handout explaining the techniques, the theory and links to further reading
- one-to-one communication coaching via Zoom (block of 3 sessions, normally )
- lifetime access to our self-paced online course (normally )
Read on for the details.
Lunch and refreshments
It might seem like a small thing. But providing lunch and refreshments changes the atmosphere of the course. You don’t need to pop out to a café in the break. Or wait in a queue to buy a sandwich at lunchtime. Instead, you can chat with your fellow students over a flat white and croissant. Or compare notes over a hot lunch. (We cater for all diets.)
This helps you to get to know your cohort. It also removes the stress of having to find a restaurant. Or remembering to bring a packed lunch. Relax: it’s all included.
We’ll send you a digital handout that explains all of the techniques we cover. This means that you don’t need to make notes during the exercises. If you forget anything you can easily refer to the handout. It also explains the theory behind the techniques and provides links to further reading.
One-to-one communication coaching
The course includes a block of 3 × one to one coaching sessions with Jonathan Kahn. Delivered via Zoom (normally ).
The first coaching session happens before the course. This gives you a chance to work with Jonathan on identifying your goals for training. The other coaching sessions happen after the course has finished. They give you further input and guidance once you’ve tried out your new skills in the workplace.
Access to self-paced online course
We also include lifetime access to our self-paced online course (normally ). This gives you a convenient way to revise the skills you learned at the intensive. It also includes extra skills that we don’t have time to cover at the live training.
Dates & how to sign up
We’ve listed upcoming courses below. You can book online.
Ways to pay
Choose the option that works best for your organisation:
- Credit/debit card in full: pay by card in one transaction.
- Credit/debit card in two payments: pay 50% today by card. We’ll automatically take the balance from your card, 2 weeks before the training.
- By invoice (within 5 working days): We’ll hold your place and send an invoice by email. Your company needs to pay by bank transfer within 5 working days to confirm your place.
If your organisation can’t pay using one of these methods, please contact us to discuss booking via purchase order.