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Having motivated staff who are operating at their peak is essential in today’s competitive business environment – which is why performance appraisals are crucial for success. Some managers don’t make the most of this opportunity to guide and coach people to perform well, motivate and develop them. Some, in fact, think of them as a ‘box ticking’ exercise, doing little or no preparation, and ‘getting them over with’ as quickly as possible.
This informative, interactive and highly practical course takes participants from first principles to being able to deliver a confident appraisal. They will have the opportunity to practice appraisals based on realistic case studies or their own scenarios – using essential feedback, coaching and assertiveness skills.
They leave with practical tools and techniques that will allow them to deliver consistently high quality appraisals and development plans even in challenging situations or with difficult people.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the organisation’s performance appraisal process and how to get the most from it
  • Recognise the need for effective preparation and know how to achieve it
  • Know how to structure the performance review meeting effectively
  • Be able to give effective, constructive feedback – positive and developmental
  • Know how to handle difficult behaviour and challenging performance reviews

Please note that these outcomes are a guide only and the precise outcomes will vary with the delivery method and duration of the session.

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Tailoring our design for you

This outline provides a great flavour of the skills and knowledge your people will benefit from by attending any Speak First training or coaching on this topic – whether standard, tailored or bespoke.

Here’s how Speak First can make the training even more relevant for you and your people:

Tailored Design

Tailored design develops existing content and enhances it with relevant case studies, role-plays and more to make the learning even more effective for your people

Bespoke Design

Working in partnership with you, we develop bespoke solutions that incorporate this, and other topics, to create custom solutions for your organisation’s specific needs

Sample Participant Journey

The learning solutions featured on our website can all stand on their own as high-quality and high-impact learning interventions for your team – however, they are at their best when delivered as part of a wider learning programme, helping you achieve your strategic imperatives and your people benefit from much deeper and expansive learning journeys. We work with you as consultants, collaborators and design partners to establish learning outcomes and create the perfect programme - below is an example of what your people’s learning journey might look like.


Overall scope of programme agreed with client
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
In-between work: on-the-job assignments
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Facilitated learning group sessions (group coaching)
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Programme closing session – a celebration of success
Continuous learning support, virtual or face-to-face

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