The Covid-19 crisis has seen business communications change with video meetings become the norm as the use of applications like Zoom and Teams have entered the business and social lexicon. Communicating, negotiating and networking digitally has its challenges but there are many opportunities too, especially for those working in the construction sector.
The latest Infrastructure Intelligence 'Coming out of Covid' webinar on Friday 26 June is looking at "Communications in a new digital landscape" and we have assembled a top panel of leading communications and presentation experts to discuss what best practice communications, networking and negotiating look like in the new increasingly digital world.
One of the speakers, Arcadis corporate communications manager for the UK, Catherine Llewellyn, said: "Comms teams are valued the most during times of uncertainty in the market, as they guide staff and clients through the storms and give clarity when it’s needed the most. The right message really can make all the difference." Llewellyn said that more than ever at the present time communications professionals had an opportunity to show the world that they were important as they are "working on projects that are going to keep the country moving."
Fellow panelist at Friday's webinar, TV presenter and speaker Greg Ward, said: "With the new-found reliance on digital presenting and online connection, how you choose to appear and interact on screen has a significant impact on the effect you wish to achieve – which is why it is critical, to not only manage your virtual environment, but to also understand that modifying how you sound and appear and playing to the optics of the camera can make an exponential difference in how you, and your message is perceived."
Negotiation expert Derek Arden said that it was easy to forget the basics when carrying out business negotiations in an online environment and it was crucial to remember that "the golden rules of negotiation and persuasion still apply even when you're working on a digital platform," he said. "If anything, these rules are even more important online if you are to achieve the desired outcome," said Arden. "At Friday's webinar I will be highlighting the key issues around negotiating that you need to bear in mind and I'll also reveal my seven top tips for engineers or anyone else taking part in online negotiations," he said.
Jamie Gordon, director of infrastructure and energy at communications agency BECG, said: "While there is no doubt the pandemic has restricted us all, it’s also highlighted and fast-tracked a different way of working, which could mean more engagement not less, more collaboration due to a lack of geographic boundaries and even more knowledge sharing."
By attending this webinar, attendees will gain a greater understanding of using digital communications technologies, learn about the pitfalls to avoid and come away with some handy tips and hints to enable you to communicate better in the increasingly technological business landscape as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.
Find out what best practice communications looks like in the new digital landscape by booking a place on this free webinar, which is brought to you in association with specialist communications agency for the built environment, BECG.
Communications in a new digital landscape
Friday 26 June 2020 at 11am
Andy Walker, Editor, Infrastructure Intelligence
Greg Ward, Virtual and live MC, TV Presenter and Speaker
Catherine Llewellyn, Corporate Communications Manager UK, Arcadis
Derek Arden, Negotiation Expert
Jamie Gordon, Director of Infrastructure and Energy, BECG
Webinar organised in association with BECG.