Events & Training

Whether junior designer or design leader, account handler or MD everyone benefits from fresh perspective, knowledge-share, new insights and debate.

Our events and training courses are renowned within the industry for their quality, relevance and proven capability to boost the confidence and performance of individuals and teams.

From lively networking events to skills development workshops, from in-depth business growth programmes to stimulating round-tables, our extensive range of events and training has something to offer every member of your team, across all roles and levels within your business.

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Events & Training

Our programmes are highly regarded across the industry, consistently receiving excellent feedback.

Our events and training calendar is regularly updated with new dates for our most popular and valued programmes, and we frequently introduce new events and workshops to inspire and inform your team too.

Competitively priced, DBA members benefit even further from highly subsidised rates to attend our programmes and members traveling from more than 60 miles outside of London receive additional discounts to workshops on top.

Keep an eye on our calendar, and don’t forget that we also work with partner organisations to identify events of interest to you, securing discounted ticket prices for members to these.  

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New thinking for new business development

In this workshop learn why traditional new business approaches are not working. Leave with an understanding of how you can incorporate new tactics into your business and stand out from the crowd.

Date: 03/10/2017

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Managing projects efficiently

This workshop will cover how to prioritise conflicting needs, pitfalls to avoid and how to prevent things going wrong through exercises and discussion. When you leave you'll be armed with a 5 step framework for effective project management.

Date: 04/10/2017

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Turning clients into advocates | Half-day training workshop

Where does the majority of your new business come from? For most design agencies the answer is almost always ‘referrals’. If this is the case for you, then why not focus more of your marketing and business development efforts on promoting referrals from existing clients and advocates, rather than solely on generating new (mostly cold) business opportunities?

Date: 05/10/2017

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Expert project management skills

Successful project management is essential in the design industry. It helps to give structure to high-pressure environments, ensures your team are working to their optimum capacity, and makes sure every hour is well spent. Design industry expert Jan Casey will share practical guidance to help you towards becoming a skilled project manager.

Date: 10/10/2017

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Client relationship skills

At this half-day workshop with Preddy&Co Partner and DBA Expert Shan Preddy, find out how to take an active approach to managing client relationships and turn ad-hoc accounts into long-term, creatively satisfying and ultimately profitable business.

Date: 11/10/2017

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Managing your time

Not enough hours in the day? Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? When you're juggling multiple projects and billing time to clients, every minute in the office counts. Are you ticking things off your list, or does the list just keep on growing? Learn the habits and hacks to propel you from being hyper-busy to becoming focused and productive.

Date: 11/10/2017

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Pitch & no pitch: better ways to win new business | Half-day training workshop

Actively pursuing and winning new business is essential to the success of the design business that you're a part of. But what's the smartest, least time-consuming and most cost-effective approach to bringing in new clients? How can you make every new business opportunity successful? How can you avoid giving away free strategic thinking and creative solutions to prospects? Is it, in fact, necessary to pitch at all?

Date: 12/10/2017

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