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Communication Skills for Engineers Course

21 October 2015, London, UK

Course Overview

Programme One: Effective Presentations and Networking

The Effective Presentations and Networking for Engineers is a the first of a portfolio of soft skills courses tailored to the needs of engineers.  This one day course introduces the fundamentals of how to effectively communicate in business with a specific focus on customer and colleague engagement through enhanced presentation and networking skills.

The course provides an introduction to the communication cycle, how to structure and prioritise communication using effective objective setting and mind mapping.  Voice and body language as well as handling interaction and challenge is addressed and the day concludes with essential networking skills.  Throughout the day engineers are provided with opportunities to utilise their newly acquired knowledge,  practice their new skills and receive constructive feedback.  Delegates are encouraged to be proactive and contribute towards the process as they grow in confidence.

It is designed to be relevant to engineers of all levels  who want to improve the effect and impact of their business presentations and networking with colleagues and customers.  This interactive open course is delivered at RINA headquarters and combines theory and practical exercises.


Engineers who attended the pilot programme said:

“I found the course really useful especially the communication cycle, objective setting and mind mapping.  It made me think of communication and the way we communicate in a  completely different way ­ it’s so much more than just presentations.”

“This was an extremely successful and effective pilot course which I would thoroughly recommend.  I intend to introduce a formal feedback mechanism with colleagues so that I can self-monitor the effectiveness of my communication.  I will also focus more on having effective aims and using the communication cycle in my day to day interactions


About the Course Leaders

Developed by Lorraine Emmett & Juliet Love the next session will be facilitated by Lorraine:

Lorraine Emmett: a media & communications professional with 20 years’ experience of working with engineers, interpreting their words, enabling them to manage journalists, observing them at events, translating their presentations into thought leadership and turning their projects into headline news stories.

Juliet Love:  a learning & development consultant with more than 20 years of working cross functionally within organisations to improve capability and add value to the organisation through designing and delivering impactful learning interventions


By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose and value of powerful communication
  • Develop your communication skills to ensure there is consistency and maximum effect.
  • Be open in communication situations and have confidence to put forward own / new ideas
  • Use techniques to ensure that you are concise in communications
  • Create an action plan to fine tune your communication skills through presentations and networking activities.

Course Fees

Course registration fee includes a bound training manual, lunch and refreshments.

RINA Members: £250 + VAT*  = £300

Non-Members: £300 + VAT*  = £360

*VAT: Under UK Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay VAT on any course taking place in the UK. Delegates from outside the UK may be entitled to reclaim this costs. 

Registration and Payment Methods


1. Register and pay online using a secure link

2: Register and to be sent invoice for payment via bank transfer or cheque

(Please note if you are wishing to take advantage of the group fee discount please contact Jade Whitelaw at )

Places for this training course are limited and so are offered on a first come first served basis. Cancellations received in writing one month before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of £200+VAT. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Co-ordinator. In the event of cancellation of the programme for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee

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The course will be held at the RINA HQ, 8 -9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK.




The nearest Underground stations are Charing Cross and Embankment

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Club Quarters

Club Quarters

Conference delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership of Club Quarters to stay at its Trafalgar Square Hotel, situated at 8 Northumberland Avenue ­ less than one minute’s walk from RINA Headquarters.

The Institution’s membership provides a fixed lowest rate of £159 per room which is always available to conference delegates, regardless of the varying higher rates throughout the year for non members.  An even lower rate is available only for conference delegates at weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) and holidays (£69). 

Other benefits include access to the Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, WiFi and unlimited chilled, purified bottled water, and a Rewards Programme offering a “Night on the House” after just one stay.

Conference delegates may find details of the facilities offered by Club Quarters Trafalgar Square or book online at  using the login “RINA” (without the quotes) on their first visit and selecting Trafalgar Square from the choice of hotels.

Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the lower rate at weekends, which is not shown online, should contact ClubQuarters at +44 (0)20 7451 5800

Delegates of past conferences who may be visiting London on business or pleasure may continue to use the Institution’s membership of ClubQuarters and enjoy the benefits.


Hotels Combined

The RINA conference department does not get involved with booking delegate accommodation, however, if you need any accommodation during your stay in London,, the worlds largest hotel price comparison website, is offering support to participants of this conference. An exclusive 10% rebate is given to hotels booked via their website for all attendees.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD logoAttendance at the Communication Skills for Engineers Course qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the course will receive a CPD Certificate.

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