A vital skill for professionals looking to accelerate their career in the public sector, no matter the context, is the ability to progress from being a manager to an influential leader.

The skills of an excellent leader include how to act, speak, and present effectively remotely. And in the current circumstances, how to communicate and be proactive to build trust amongst your teams. All of which can be learned, developed, and realised through good practice and self-evaluation.

Attend our specifically designed virtual ‘Projecting Powerful Leadership Presence’ course with Communication Skills Consultant Sandie Miller to learn an influential leader’s traits.

Understand how to command a room and how to use body language to exert your influence. Develop your communication skills, enhance your confidence, and boost your ability to lead your team with credibility. Leave with an increased capacity to influence other senior leaders when it counts.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!


“Great to be a part of this course projecting powerful leadership presence – it will help you to develop your ability to stand out, be noticed and gain influence” Partnerships Director, Compassion UK

“The trainer created an impact from the moment I arrived and delivered useful tips and insights throughout the day. I highly recommend this course.” Head of PMO, The Law Society

“It was a great opportunity to learn more about myself and from others” Head of Faculty, The London Institute of Banking and Finance

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Sandra Miller
Communication Skills Training Consultant

Sandra Miller is a RADA trained Actor and now works extensively in the corporate sector providing coaching, consultancy and training in communication skills.

Her area of specialist expertise covers Presentation Skills, Interview Techniques, Handling People in Difficult Situations, Storytelling and Influential Communications.

Her clients include many ‘blue chip’ organisations including the BBC, BBC Worldwide, Bristol Water, Friends Provident, Financial Reporting Council, Unilever, Vocalink, Elavon Merchant Services etc. In the public sector clients include the NHS and many District, Borough and City Councils and Universities including working with Politicians and Academics and Civil Servants.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Discover what it means to have a powerful executive presence and how this can help further your career
  • Understand and apply the traits of an influential leader
  • Gain techniques to command and hold a meeting when it counts
  • Learn how to engage with your audience through body language and by exerting your personal power and influence
  • Receive expert advice and feedback on your online presence, gravitas and impact
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Ice Breaker and Clarification of Learning Objectives

  • Analyse the importance of first impressions and how to polish these
10:00 - 10:30

Traits of an Influential Leader

  • Explore and identify the different leadership styles and traits of a good leader
  • Learn how to actively listen and engage with your team and other senior leaders
  • Analyse the importance of first impressions and how to polish these
  • Identify the leadership style which suits you and your organisation’s culture
10:30 - 11:15

Emotional Intelligence

  • Knowing yourself and identifying your own personality traits
  • Understanding others and how to deal with different personalities
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 13:00

Using Communication to Build Trust, Credibility, Confidence and Influence

  • The importance of preparation,
  • Focus on clarity, confidence and authority to exert power and influence
  •  How to engage with and influence a group of other senior leaders who may have competing interests
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another
14:00 - 14:15

Physicality and Vocal Warm Up Exercises

14:15 - 16:00

Establishing and Executing Your Executive Presence

  • Learn and practise how to command a room
  • Know how to conduct yourself with assurance and gravitas
  • Develop a confident leadership style and put this into practice
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways


Central Government & Agencies - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Local Government, Housing, Education & Health - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Charity - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Private Sector - Virtual

Delegate Price
£445 + VAT