England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Democracy, devolution and governance, Personal and organisational development

Online Training: How to Design and Deliver Training to Elected Members


This one day programme has been developed for Officers whose role includes designing and delivering training for Elected Members.

Suitable for both experienced and less experienced presenters, the programme is full of detailed advice and guidance which will support officers in the design and delivery of Member training.

The programme covers face-to-face delivery as well as advice and guidance on running virtual training sessions.

Programme Objectives

By the end of the session, delegates will be able to:

  • Scope of a training programme based on the learners’ needs
  • Write objectives and session plans
  • Use different training methods to appeal to different learning styles
  • Plan learning activities
  • Develop PowerPoint and support materials
  • Open the session confidently
  • Use positive non-verbal behaviour to demonstrate confidence
  • Present information clearly, using voice and tonality to emphasise key points
  • Use audiovisual equipment and PowerPoint
  • Manage participation
  • Manage time within the session
  • Close the session positively.

Additional Information:

The workshop is divided into two parts.  The first of these will focus on planning the programme, including the underpinning preparation which must be in place to support a successful presentation.

In the gap between Modules 1 and 2, delegates will be asked to prepare one part of their training session, ready to present in the second half of the course, which will be dedicated to presenting training – either on-line or in the physical classroom.

Module 1: How to Design and Deliver Training to Elected Members


9:30 Introduction

  • Welcome
  • Overview of Programme
  • Objectives – Personal and Programme
  • How we will work together
9:45 Scoping a Training Session

  • Developing an objective
  • Considering the learners’ needs
  • Mindmapping and organising information
  • Learning styles and Kolb
  • Session structure
11:00 Break
11:10 Session Planning

  • Laying out trainer notes
  • Working out timings
  • Developing support materials and trainer’s notes
11:45 Opening the Session

  • Managing nerves
  • Using “INTRO”
  • Practise session– opening a training session
12:30 What next?

  • Project for Module 2
  • Review, feedback and close.


Module 2: Presenting Information to Members


13:30 Welcome

  • Review of the first session and key learning points
  • Discussion of projects and update on progress
  • Today’s programme
13:45 Presenting Information

  • The Tell ’em Rules
  • Non-verbal behaviour – good practice/poor practice
  • Integrating PowerPoint into the presentation
  • Voice and tonality
  • Trainer language
14:10 Participation

  • Over and under participation
  • Tips on how to manage tricky situations
14:50 Break
15:00 Practise Sessions

  • Practical activity
  • Review
15:10 Closing your Session

  • Bringing all the threads together
  • Summarising
  • Evaluation
15:30 Review of Programme

  • Summary of key learning points
  • Presentation of certificates
  • Evaluation and close.



Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Who should attend?

These online training sessions are aimed at Member/Democratic Services Officers or other officers involved in training elected members.