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Communications training for line managers

We know that line managers are one of the most valuable communication channels in organisations. But many line managers are not necessarily natural communicators, meaning organisations are missing vital opportunities for successful communication to take place. 

IoIC trainers, and communications and leadership specialists, Dominic Walters and Susan Lewes-Daly, have designed this two part training course which can be delivered in-house for line managers in any organisation and which will equip line managers with the skills and knowledge required to become confident and effective communicators, as well as providing insights regarding the role of line managers within the communication matrix.  


Learning objectives

By the end of the course, delegates will: 

  • have a clear understanding of the communication role for line managers and its importance
  • be equipped with the skills and techniques to build confidence and communicate effectively
  • be able to apply the skills and techniques to day to day work 

The course will cover

Part one

  • Clarity on the line manager’s communication role, why it is important and challenges they face in doing it
  • Understanding communication styles and how to get the most from our own and other people’s styles
  • Being clear on why we are communicating and what we need to achieve
  • Articulating messages so they are clear, understandable and memorable
  • Selecting the most appropriate channels to have impact
  • Bringing messages to life and making them relevant and actionable
  • Preparing for self-guided work and peer coaching between modules one and two

Part two

  • Review of personal practice and learning between the modules
  • The importance of conversation and dialogue in engaging people and helping their understanding
  • How to engage people effectively face to face and in virtual meetings/teleconferences
  • Using questions and listening
  • The key role of trust and compassion in communication
  • The power of stories and how to use them effectively
  • Keeping the learning going after the programme 

About the trainers

Dominic Walters has specialised in leadership and line manager communication and development for over 25 years. He has worked in senior in-house roles and as a coach and consultant in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US, supporting leadership teams across a range of sectors. He has also featured in print, podcast, TV and radio promoting effective leadership communication.

Dominic has an MA in History from Cambridge University, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and past national Chairman and Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication.

Susan Lewes-Daley consults on the design and implementation of culture change initiatives aligned to business strategy. Her achievements include the facilitation of large-scale mobilisation events, employer branding, employee engagement and leadership and management behavioural development programmes.

Susan gained her commercial and HR knowledge through working as a management consultant and then as the HR Director with Card Protection Plan, MTV Networks Europe, Viacom, Computershare and Invensys. Her Core skills include designing HR solutions that create enhanced employee engagement; employer branding; designing and developing large scale programmes that support the business objectives; training & group facilitation; and coaching: leaders, individuals and teams to achieve great results.


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