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Thinking Skills:Thinking on Your Feet
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If you've ever been confronted with a question or a challenge you don't immediately or confidently have a response to, then these thinking skills programmes &courses are for you...

You can't be prepared for every eventuality - or can you? Being put on the spot - deliberately or otherwise - is uncomfortable, and may even damage your reputation if you don't have a good response. These training courses will give you skills and techniques so you can quickly and effectively think on your feet.

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Thinking on Your Feet Workshop Content


If presenting, of course it isn't possible to prepare for every eventuality - but it is possible to anticipate the likely questions or challenges you might face.

Buying time

If you're put on the spot, and have to react quickly, how can you buy some time to think? We have 8 key suggestions that will achieve just that.

Rapid Thinking Frames: an overview

A rapid thinking frame does what it says on the tin: it provides a series of frames, concepts or models that, once learned, will help you immediately structure and deliver an appropriate response.

5 thinking frames

There are many possible thinking frames - in these courses we will take you through 5 of our favourites:

  • PPF
  • 6 Hats
  • PPC
  • RAC

Spaghetti into sausages

When faced with something unexpected that needs a response, the mind can go into 'spaghetti' mode - one thought leads quickly to another, spiralling around in your head, with an ever-increasing set of loose ends...and what's needed, as a response, is a nice, linear set of clear thoughts, articulated in fluent sentences, one word after the other - a sausage line. Is this you? If it is, we'll show you how, when under pressure, to convert spaghetti into sausages..

Staying calm under pressure

Often in such situations, emotion takes over, and disables the rational, thinking brain. Here's how to stay calm, and as a result, find appropriate responses.

Who is thinking on your feet training for?

Our thinking skills programmes are ideal for anyone who regularly is confronted with the need to think on their feet, and would like access to tools, tips and techniques to develop this skill. In particular it is suitable for anyone who wants to:

 - learning outcome Know how to buy time to think when under pressure.
 - learning outcome Call on tried and tested ways of helping you think constructively on your feet.
 - learning outcome Sound relaxed and convincing when under pressure.
 - learning outcome Convert a spaghetti brain into a sausage machine...!

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Thinking on Your Feet Workshop Activities

First, what is the problem? Then two key strategic responses: - buying time, and thinking quickly. Then practicing each technique, so that they become increasingly effective as they become embedded.

Never 'death by powerpoint'

We always provide a variety of learning approaches in each of our workshops.

Each workshop typically includes learning input from the trainer, supported by a range of mixed media, interactive elements, discussion and group work. Most workshops also include case work and practical skill-development activities to apply the learning, with more time dedicated to this in the longer courses.

'Want more?' resource pack

In addition to providing a copy of any slide deck, we always provide a ‘want more’ section, of curated resources including book summaries, podcasts, downloads and articles.

core learning input
paired activities
learning recap quiz
facilitator’s ideas & suggestions
role play & simulation
open discussion
action learning set
My attention can easily wander, but this was never the case here, largely due to the variety of learning approaches used. Never a dull moment!

What are the benefits of thinking on your feet training?

Use ways to help you buy time
Stay calm when under pressure
Know and use a set of rapid thinking frames to provide a quick and effective response
Feel more competent and relaxed when presenting

Thinking Skills Programme Frequently Asked Quesitons

How can I stop panicking when put on the spot?

Consider what it is that is causing you to panic: if you can stop, prevent or manage the cause, then you don't have to manage the effect.

I tend to come up with stock answers: how can I prevent this?

There are more effective response technique than you might realise or be aware of. The response needs to sound appropriate and confident, and there are several techniques that will allow you to do this.

How can I ensure I can manage any follow up to my response?

A great question. The answer is to select a first response that you are happy to have followed up. It's a bit like chess: you need to think more than one move ahead. Another option is to turn the tables - by offering a first response, you can immediately end it by asking a question yourself - requiring the initial questioner to think on their feet...

Which of your thinking skills programmes or courses would be best for me to take?

Are you good at absorbing key information and practicing on your own at home? If the answer is yes, then the short or half day course may be all you need; but if you need an opportunity to practice with others, several times, to feel more confident, then the full day will be most helpful, since the whole afternoon is given over to 'thinking on your feet'!

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