The 411

February 4-5, 2025
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


$750 (+hst)
Discounts available.


Meet the Instructor

David Kardish

David Kardish

Mr. Kardish has over thirty years of experience working in all aspects of planning and communications in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has consulted to federal government departments, non-governmental organizations and private sector companies. Mr. Kardish has worked as a strategic planner, communications practitioner, evaluator, lobbyist, social marketer, and is a skilled adult educator, trainer and facilitator.

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NOTE: The workshop content described below will be delivered through ZOOM ONLINE on two consecutive half-day sessions. Agendas and other relevant workshop documentation will be sent to you by the workshop instructor at least three days prior to the date of the first session.


The CECís Internal Consulting and Advisory Skills workshop is intended for anyone working in an advisory capacity whether in the public, private or voluntary sector. Account Executives, Internal Consultants and Strategic Advisors are usually called upon at a moments notice to provide solution-oriented advice on a wide range of complex and highly-charged issues that require a mix of skills: strategic, diplomatic, knowledge-based and results-oriented. This professional development workshop will provide participants with the insights, techniques and tools necessary to become a sought after and trusted advisor.


This workshop will help those working in an advisory capacity to learn new skills and techniques in the following areas:


This workshop will be beneficial to all of those individuals who are required to advise and brief upwards in the public, private and/or voluntary sector.



Thinking Things Through: Innovating through analysis and ideas
Engagement: Working effectively with people, organizations and partners

8:45 - 9:00 Introductions and Workshop Overview
  • Participants will introduce themselves (position and responsibilities) and give one illustration of how she/he provides advice to their respective clients
  • Participants will also be asked to describe one challenge that they would like to resolve when providing advice
9:00 - 9:30 Strategic and Critical Thinking
  • Participants will engage in a discussion on the concepts associated with strategic and critical thinking and how these concepts relate to being an account executive, internal consultant or strategic advisor
9:30 - 10:30 The Role of the Advisor
  • Participants will focus on the roles and responsibilities commonly associated with being an account executive, internal consultant or strategic advisor
10:30 - 10:45 HEALTH BREAK
10:45 - 11:30 The Road to Trust and Reputation
  • Participants will discuss proven approaches for building trust, creating reputational capital and establishing a sustained long-term client-focused relationship
11:30 - 12:15 Exercise
  • Working in small groups, the participants will identify the primary challenges and/or barriers faced when providing consulting services to clients
12:15 - 1:15 LUNCH
1:15 - 2:00 Securing and Sustaining Client Buy-In
  • Participants will discuss techniques for securing client buy-in and appreciation for the advice provided
2:00 - 2:30 The Skillful Consultant/Advisor
  • Participants will discuss the essential skills required by advisors/consultants
2:30 - 2:45 HEALTH BREAK
2:45 - 3:30 Exercise
  • Working in small groups, the participants will develop strategies designed to overcome the challenges and barriers identified in the previous exercise session
3:30 - 4:15 Managing the Challenge Function
  • Participants will discuss the importance of the challenge function and how to manage and maintain it
4:15 - 4:30 Re-cap, Wrap-up and Session Evaluation
  • The participants will have an opportunity to ask final questions, discuss remaining concerns and complete a workshop evaluation