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Essential Coaching Skills For Creatives [SOLD OUT]

Wednesday 10th April, Tuesday 14th May & Tuesday 23rd April Weds 10th, Tues 23rd 10am-1pm | Action Learning Set on Tuesday May 14th 2024 (3pm to 4.30pm)
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Members of IDI, ICAD, 100 archive, IAPI*: €275
Non-Members:: €349


SOLD OUT – More dates to be added.

Master the art of coaching to enhance creativity, navigate client relationships, ace project management and align your work with business goals!

The Design Skillnet Essential Coaching Skills for Creatives 2024 is a dynamic program tailored to empower designers and creatives with the essential coaching techniques necessary to elevate team performance and achieve outstanding results.

Through two half-days of immersive sessions (10 am to 1 pm) and a bonus 90-minute Action Learning Set (3 pm to 4:30 pm), participants will develop practical and useful coaching skills that you can apply immediately in the normal flow of work to manage creatives and designers through the day-to-day.

These skills can also be applied to clients! Asking powerful questions can help them to better express their needs and vision and ultimately give clearer design briefs.

Book your ticket for Essential Coaching Skills For Creatives.

Who Should Attend

People Managers who manage designers or creatives, whether you are a first-time or an experienced people manager.

Participants should currently have direct reports, i.e. people reporting to them, to get the most from this programme.

Programme Objectives and What You Will Take Away

By the end of this one-day workshop participants will:

  • Be able to describe the value and use of a coaching style with their teams, with colleagues, peers and even clients!
  • Be able to identify where coaching can be used to improve performance in their teams.
  • Be able to use practical coaching skills in a variety of situations including feedback sessions, development conversations, team and individual meetings, client meetings and in any situation where they are aiming to increase performance and results.

What you will Experience

The comprehensive content covers coaching fundamentals, distinguishing coaching from other approaches, and the strategic use of coaching in various professional scenarios. Practical skills include employing a 6-step coaching model, using powerful questions, developing action plans, and fostering the coaching relationship. The program concludes by offering resources for advancing coaching skills, encouraging further reading, and providing tools like coaching action plans, action learning sets, reflective practice, and learning journals to enhance your coaching proficiency.

By the end of the program, you will gain the ability to describe the value and application of a coaching style with your teams, colleagues, peers, and clients.


2 Half Days:

Wednesday, April 10th 2024 (10am to 1pm)

Tuesday, 23rd April 2024 (10am to 1pm)

Plus 90min Action Learning Set on Tuesday, May 14th 2024 (3pm to 4.30pm)


Member Price (IDI, IAPI, ICAD, 100 Archive members)*: €275

Non-Member Price: €349


*Current Members of  IDIIAPIICAD100 Archive working in the private or commercial semi-state sector and based in the Republic of Ireland can avail of subsidised fees on the workshops! Find out how to become a member and avail of the subsidies.


  • What is it and what it is not
  • Coaching vs. Mentoring vs. Training vs. Counselling (EAP).
  • Why bother
  • A time to manage and a time to coach – knowing which to use when

  • Question technique
  • The 6 steps
  • The steps in action
  • Opportunities to use this style with your teams

  • Continuation expressions
  • Attending
  • Summarizing
  • Skills practice

  • Key elements
  • Being present
  • Active listening
  • Confidentiality
  • Skills practice

  • Powerful questions
  • Developing action plans
  • SMART goals
  • Checking back
  • Skills practice

  • Further reading
  • Your coaching action plan – 3 specific coaching opportunities
  • Action learning sets – getting the best from them
  • Reflective practice and learning journal

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