Our bespoke training courses cut across traditional and departmental lines, delivering the best of what’s needed on any specific project.

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How well-equipped are you to understand the key dynamics, build trust, protect your people, and close a deal? Can you motivate and communicate, credibly and compellingly? Our highly experienced mentors can help – and love doing so.

CPDS enables you to work with them in small groups, in an exclusive setting. Our mentors engage you in real-life scenarios, where the issues loom large and your decisions may save lives, or cost millions.

They will guide you through those tailored tasks, sharing what they did in similar tight spots, providing you with personal constructive feedback so that you are stronger, wiser and more confident when managing such challenges on your own.

Why CPDS?

Proven track record

We have decades of experience training diplomatic skills to corporate professionals and preparing public sector officials for bilateral and multilateral negotiations.

Bespoke courses

We do not provide standard courses; we will design the setting, pace and complexity of the course is consultation with you.

Exciting simulations

We use realistic, current and interactive exercises that are as close as possible to your real-life situation, enabling you to train for the real thing in groups of maximum 8 people.

Blended learning

We provide courses on-line, face-to-face or in hybrid, blended learning training sessions. (link to sneak preview online session, slides + voice-over)

Specialist trainers

Through our large, global pool of expert practitioners, we will provide you with the professional quality, personal feedback and insider perspective you need.

Socially sustainable

Our participative approach is based on gender balance and creates peer group effects that guarantee an enduring impact of the training experience.

Our Courses

Chairing and negotiating

International Negotiation Skills

Taking care of one’s interest often requires negotiation, whether you work for a government, international organisation or a private enterprise. This highly participatory course is delivered by trainers with extensive international negotiation experience, and designed to give participants a practical understanding of the contexts, challenges and techniques of international negotiation.

   International Negotiation Skills
Communication, General diplomatic, Management

Political Analysis and Policy-Making

Policy – or the lack of it – determines where the world is going and you want to engage and shape, not to be a bystander. To develop your skills to understand and contribute to the policy-making process we will engage you in immersive exercises that will boost your skills to analyse and formulate policy. We will provide you with effective tools and exclusive feedback that will allow you to become a player, rather than just a stakeholder.

   Political Analysis and Policy-Making
Communication, General diplomatic

Reporting and Briefing

Top level decision-makers like Ministers and CEO’s depend on information that is accurate, timely, complete and concise. We will help you become the excellent communicators supporting them, providing them with the quality reporting and briefing that they need.

   Reporting and Briefing
Chairing and negotiating

Chairing Meetings

The performance and quality of Chair is a decisive factor for the success of a meeting. This applies in particular to meetings…

   Chairing Meetings
Communication, Management

Influencing and Network-Building

Being a player in the making and executing of policy is not possible without a relevant, well-functioning and effective network. Our trainers will provide their vast practical know-how and share their experience how to build and maintain your network and how to make it perform in a way that best serves your objectives.

   Influencing and Network-Building
Communication

Speechwriting and Speechmaking

Getting the message across and making sure it has the intended impact. Speechwriting and speechmaking requires careful preparation and convincing delivery. Together…

   Speechwriting and Speechmaking
Management

Organisation, Management and Leadership

Leading a team in a public administration unit – whether a government department or a mission abroad – requires skills of organisation,…

   Organisation, Management and Leadership