Training Workshop on Communication, Active Listening, Public Speaking and Working with the Media for Saudi Arabian Diplomats


Taller (workshop)


11 Nov - 15 Nov 2013

Duración del evento:

5 día


London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy



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Privado y sobre invitacion   Cara a cara    Inglés   open to register/apply

Private events - by invitation only are reserved for a pre-determined group of participants.


Communication, active listening, public speaking and working with the media are essential skills needed by diplomats for effective Public Diplomacy.  Public Diplomacy, and its sister concept, soft power, dominate much of the current academic debate on the 21st century diplomacy.  A major challenge for governments is how to develop effective public diplomacy and optimize the use of their soft power, in a rapidly changing global environment.  Communication skills are vital to a delegate’s capacity to promote the interests of his or her country.   Delegates engaged in multilateral conferences are often called on to speak in many different contexts such as in public, in UN bodies, in international meetings, in informal discussions.  This personalized training will enable participants to identify their individual speaking style and improve their communication skills.

Objetivos del Evento

The overall objective of this training course is to strengthen participants’ communication, active listening, public speaking and media relation skills.

By the end of the training course, participants should be able to:

  • Appreciate techniques to communicate clearly, articulately and in an impactful manner;
  • Prepare speeches and press releases and deliver them with confidence;
  • Engage effectively with the media;
  • Engage effectively with the media;
  • Employ skills of active listening and positive communication when delivering difficult messages.

Contenido y Estructura

The first part of the training will focus on public speaking techniques including the essential elements of preparation, structure and delivery through a mixture of trainer input and practical activities.  Participants will have to deal with simulated situations of public speaking and receive feedback from the group and the trainer.  The second part of the training will focus on media relations and will allow for participants to find their own “comfort zone” when dealing with the media, encouraging them to project personality and communication skills naturally and confidently.  This part will include sessions on preparing for an interview; the process and pitfalls of an interview; dealing with destabilizing questions; reaction to crisis situations; and maintaining good relationships with the media.


This workshop is designed to be highly interactive and participatory, and will include a variety of simulation exercises and pedagogical tools to enable the participants to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the substantive issues at work, in addition to the transfer of skills and techniques to enable them to function effectively and efficiently. The training activities will be built on four pedagogical pillars: concept learning (lectures, presentations), role-playing (exercises, simulations), experience sharing (panels, discussions) and exposure to real world problems and policy choices diplomats and representatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (case illustrations and video performance analysis) are confronted with.


This training is aimed at diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.