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25 Sep 2019
The science and art of influencing

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Are you making the impact on your organisation that you want to?

It is a key challenge for the future leaders of the world to figure out how to best work within a team and with colleagues that they lack direct authority over in order to successfully deliver a project. Alongside successful delivery is often the desire to shape the direction and strategy of the IT & Technology department by having key stakeholders back your ideas. How can you successfully influence those around you with unique business vision and build your standing in your organisation?

The communication style and the way you interact with different personality traits hugely affects the way your influence is perceived by others and whether your idea falls on deaf ears or accepted with euphoria by your immediate team. After all, more often or not the greatest ability in any business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.

The workshop will include presentations, role play, interactive sessions, and senior technology leaders sharing their tips from their vast experience.

From this workshop, you will come away with some key, executable ideas to bring your influencing skills to the next level, and therefore be more successful in reaching your aims within your current and future roles.

Key Takeaways


  • How you can be more persuasive
  • How you can influence correctly the first time and be successful
  • How to understand different personality traits that people have and how this affects communication strategies

Provisional Agenda
Arrival and registration
10:00 Welcome and introduction
10:15 Warmup: What actually is influence?
10:35 Presentations and interactive session. Magda Voigt, Change Partner. Knowing yourself, understanding others.
11:35 Break
11:55 Magda Voigt continued. Using that information to become influential
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Summarise morning learnings
14:15 Presentation: Cara Williams, Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Influencing without authority. Followed by Q&A
15:15 Break
15:30 Summary and future topic discussion
16:00 Close

Presentation descriptions
Magda Voigt | Change Partner

The (Neuro)science and Art of Influence
Are you a confident influencer in your workplace, or do you feel limited by your role or by your personality?
Our ability to confidently and effectively influence is closely aligned to how we communicate, not just with others, but also within our own minds. How to use the most powerful asset you have – your brain – to easily influence and create the outcomes you want. Immerse into the (neuro)science and art of influence to become a confident and effective communicator capable of influencing and creating positive outcomes.


Section 1 of Magda's presentation talks about how we can improve on our levels of influences via critical analysis undertaken when self-reflecting and how to inmprove our communication and impression on others

Section 2 of Magda's presentation explains how we can convey competence as well as explaining the element of 'fight or flight' in the workplace. Another key point spoken about is the SCARF model

Cara Williams | Deputy CIO | Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Influencing without authority
Presentation description TBC

Cara Wiliams presentation talks us through her work experience and how she managed to leverage influence throughout her career, highlighting the importance of the power of the team and empowering individuals


 25 September 2019

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Magda Voigt

Change Partner


With years of creative & strategic experience in global media & digital industry, Magda understands the challenges that people, teams and organisations are facing, particularly in today’s ever-changing environment. As a Certified Solution-Focused, Results-Oriented™ and Neuroscience-Based Coach, Magda specialises in translating insights from the fields of neuroscience and emotional intelligence into actionable change strategies.

Cara Williams

Deputy CIO, Greater Manchester Combined Authority


Cara has significant experience in leading and shaping ICT services to deliver customer-focused transformation of services in local government. She is a successful change manager with extensive background in: strategy and business case development, delivery of project and programme management to secure benefits to the business, customer insight, management of strategic local government services (IT, Customer Care, Communications and Marketing, Neighbourhood management, Community Safety) and collaborative and partnership working. Cara is energetic, enthusiastic and delivery-focused.

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