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Talk in the Workplace; CIPD B&MK

CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 12:00 to 16:45 (GMT)

Talk in the Workplace; CIPD B&MK

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When it comes to business, talk isn’t cheap. From the board room to the shop floor, the way we speak and how it is received by others is a big deal because it’s ultimately how we get things done.

Talk provides the questions, the narrative and the direction that drives business and makes things happen – from building relationships and delivering change to making sales and servicing customers.

In business we usually get things done by talking. But how well are you doing this? People business Connor are running an interactive session to help you answer that question, and take a look at why it’s important to assess and improve your communication and influencing skills at work.

How can we measure the way we talk and the impact it has on the people around us? And what does the way you talk at work say about you?

We all have a unique and largely unconscious pattern of ‘voices’ that shapes the way we talk. We may describe ourselves as open or consultative however have you stopped to consider what you actually say to achieve a consultative style? What voices are you using to come across as open and engaging, and, importantly, do others hear you this way?

This half day session will give you insight in to the voices we use, and how to develop your range to increase your impact and personal power.

In the run up to the event look out for our blogs, updates will be posted onto and our LinkedIn page – Connor HR Consultancy. At the event there will be the chance to win a VoicePrint self perception assessment and coaching session as well as other prizes.

Introductory Speaker & Host:

  • Safia Boot - Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group & Founder Respect at Work Ltd
  • Kirsty Askwith – HR Consultant and experienced Head of HR

 Key Note Speakers:

  • Kate Laws – Head of Talent and Organisation at Connor and accredited Voiceprint practioner
  • Helen Mundy – Lead Architect at Connor and owner of Wide Awake Leadership
  • Alan Robertson – Owner of Business Cognition Ltd and Voiceprint
  • Emma Dutton – Head of Learning & Development at SAS
  • Sharon Platt – HR Director – Flogas


Speaker Bios:

Alan RobertsonAlan Robertson is an expert in the development of effective communications and productive working relationships. His particular interest in these issues started with his early career in industrial relations management and has deepened and grown over the last 25 years working as an organisational development consultant, business psychologist and executive coach. He owns and develops VoicePrint, an innovative personal development tool for helping anyone who works with others, and especially those who lead and manage, to increase their personal power, influence and impact by developing the awareness and skill with which they talk.

Kate Laws - Kate is a commercially minded, results driven people and business performance consultant with 17 years’ experience across a wide range of sectors including Retail, Financial Services, Technology, Professional Services, Utilities and Not for Profit. She specialises in Leadership Development, People & Team Assessment & High Performance, Talent Management, Individual & Team Coaching and Cultural Change. Her passion is for creating innovative and pragmatic solutions to drive performance and to enable people to unlock their potential and reach their ultimate performance and career goals. Kate became an accredited VoicePrint practitioner early in 2014 and has since made VoicePrint an integral element in the range of services provided by Connor.

Helen Mundy – Helen is an energising coach and a specialist in leadership development, who puts her client’s unique needs at the heart of her work. She coaches individuals and teams, and specifically boards and executive teams, to increase their performance in pursuit of the organisation’s aims. She works with her clients to release their leadership potential and develop high quality working relationships that deliver tangible results. She has also designed and delivered Leadership development for a number of organisations looking to align their leadership to the direction and values of the organisation. Helen is accredited as a Master Executive Coach and is a Systemic Team Coach. She is a Master NLP Practitioner and trainer and an accredited Time to Think coach and Voiceprint practitioner.

Sharon Platts - Sharon has 20 + years experience working in H.R. the last 10 working at Director level in different businesses and industries.  In her current role of HR Director at Flogas Britain, Sharon’s role on the board is to drive a challenging growth plan for Flogas by transforming a traditional organisation into a modernised and innovative business with increased agility and capability.  A key aspect of this transformation has been the partnership with Connor, running a 9 month end to end Connor INSPIRED programme (including Voiceprint) for the Flogas senior management team and board.  Sharon will talk about her experiences and share insight on how voiceprint and the overall programme has changed communication at Flogas and is already delivering significant benefits through improved  cohesion and collaboration which has resulted in immediate step changes in organisational innovation and performance.


Safia Boot –Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group & Founder Respect at Work Limited.Due to her passion for learning and supporting her HR colleagues to develop best practice, Safia has provided leadership to the CIPD MK Group for well over a decade. Safia is an experienced ET Panel Member, Advisor to Magistrate Judges on discrimination cases, Mediator and former CIPD Disciplinary Chair for the Professional Code of Conduct. She is highly regarded in the private and public sector as an independent HR/ER Consultant, Trainer, Mediator and Independent Investigator (for complex/high risk discrimination, bullying, harassment and misconduct or other sensitive cases including malicious and vexatious complainants). She has particular expertise in the practical application of diversity and inclusion and dealing with conflict management. She has an active social media presence. Safia was honoured to be a Finalist in the 2016 MK Women Leaders Awards (Professional Services Category)

Kirsty Askwith – HR Consultant and experienced Head of HR. Kirsty is a highly experienced Head of HR who specialises in Organisation Design, Development and Effectiveness.Kirsty has 13 years’ experience working with SME’s who are experiencing growth. Kirsty works with Organisations to prepare them for the future through an array of people driven capabilities such as talent management, performance management, recruitment and on boarding, reward and recognition, leadership and team development, and employee engagement.Following over 8 years’ operating at Board Level and 5 years’ experience of working as a Finance Manager, Kirsty is a business focussed HR specialist. The first 10 years of her career were spent in the creative industry and Kirsty applies her aptitude for creative thinking in her business life.

Contact details for enquiries, with phone and/or e-mail address: Kirsty Askwith,

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

Do you have questions about Talk in the Workplace; CIPD B&MK? Contact CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

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Milton Keynes Conferencing Centre
Strudwick Drive
MK6 2TG Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 12:00 to 16:45 (GMT)

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CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

The CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch provides opportunities for its members to network with local HR and L& D professionals,

Embracing Championing Better Work and Working Lives, our programme of events promotes development and networking e.g. updates on employment law, skills development for the CIPD Profession Map and CPD supporting upgrading.

Our events are organised through two geographical groups, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, together with our special interest groups Learning Matters and Mentoring scheme.


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