Training

Our in-person training is specifically designed for those working in think tanks. Taking place in small groups of less than 10, the sessions are typically for a half or full day and take place at various locations. Attendee numbers are kept deliberately small to ensure the training is as interactive as possible and that everyone has access to individual feedback and advice.

Upcoming training

9.15am - 2pm

Our most popular training session! Attendees get a chance to practise press, radio and TV interviews with a working journalist to help them get their message across, avoid difficult questions and build their confidence. This will be the last media training session for a few months so grab a space while you can!

9.30am - 4.30pm

Are you new to management? Looking forward to the day when you become a manager? Or have you been a manager in a think tank for a while but never had the chance to develop your skills with formal training? Then this training session is for you! This all-day training session covers what makes a good manager, the peculiarities of managing in a think tank, delegation, performance management, giving feedback and holding difficult conversations.

Future themes

First time manager

People management is crucial in an think tank, particularly a small organisation. This training is targeted at those who have recently taken on a management role or who aspire to be a manager and aims to provide attendees with the tools and knowledge to successfully delegate, give feedback and manage expectations.

Analysing big data

Not everyone joining a think tank will be a quant! This training seeks to provide researchers with some of the tools to be able to manipulate big datasets comfortably as well as gain some experience using different software tools.

Fundraising for think tanks

This training will focus on the different methods of fundraising based on the various types of donors think tanks work with including individuals, trusts and foundations and corporates. Topics will include researching potential funders, knowing how much to pitch for and how to make the ask.

Would highly recommend!

“The Smart Thinking media training was a great introduction on how to approach press, radio and TV interviews. Simon was very knowledgeable and attentive to each attendee’s ambitions for the session, and the small group size allowed plenty of opportunity for questions and feedback. I got a lot out of this training and would highly recommend it.”

Millie Mitchell
Researcher, Centre for London

Previous training sessions

  • Fundraising fundamentals
  • Leadership masterclass
  • Writing clear policy
  • Media training for think tankers
  • People management for think tankers
  • Research project management