Online creative training and workshops

I’ve developed a number of online creative training sessions that are specifically designed for digital delivery. These are not second-rate versions of my face-to-face courses. No sirree. They’ve been created specifically to be run remotely.
I discovered that creating courses for this kind of delivery actually opens up new possibilities that in-person training can’t easily achieve. I’m rather excited about them!

Each session has lots of practical exercises and is split into digestible chunks so that attendees aren’t just watching a lengthy lecture. They offer tools and practical takeaways that people can apply to their jobs right away.

These online creative training sessions are perfect for staff who are working from home, for companies with employees scattered across multiple locations and for businesses outside the UK that want me to do training but can’t afford the airfare.

I'm accredited as a Trusted Virtual Trainer

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How to do online workshops

One-day session

Even if we’re separated from our teams, we still need to keep investigating options, coming up with ideas and making decisions. And workshops are an ideal way to do those things. This course looks at how to plan and run remote workshops. We look at preparation, technology and exercises that will help you achieve what you want.

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Managing teams for ideas

One-day session

We’ll look at every stage of the process that takes you from brief to prototype. We’ll use my RIGHT Thinking process to guide you through the steps and explore some tools and techniques. This course has been completely redesigned for digital delivery and offers everything this face-to-face course does.

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get competitive advantage

Three-stage programme

If you want to be more successful in business, you need to have at least one reason for customers to choose you rather than your competitors. I’ve created this three-stage training programme to help you develop a competitive advantage and unlock more opportunities for your business. This is a digitally adapted version of this programme.

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be a better presenter

One-day session

It may seem like a strange idea to teach presentation skills remotely but it’s actually an ideal situation. We’ll look at how to plan presentations, how to develop them and how to deliver them. This is about people rather than powerpoint. As well as talking about face-to-face presentations, we’ll cover how to present effectively online.

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Five-day creative workout

5 half-hour sessions plus coursework

This series of five half-hour sessions is designed to improve a number of creative skills. Like flexibility of thinking, gathering of inspiration, idea generation and judgement. Each session ends by setting practical work that we’ll discuss the following day. This is a mix of teaching, doing and reviewing.

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Regular inspiration sessions

Regular 1-hour sessions

If you want your team to keep producing great ideas, you need to keep topping up their minds with quality input. These sessions share nuggets of inspiration that we’ll turn into practical output. These can then be used to help generate ideas. And improve judgement at the same time.

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1-to-1 creative mentoring

Regular 1-hour sessions

Over the years, I’ve mentored a number of creative directors and managers. I’ve helped them develop their own skills, raise the standards in the workplace and acted as a sounding board. It’s just as easy to do these sessions remotely. We’ll set some aims and I’ll help to keep you on track and hold you accountable.

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Free 30 minute consultation

One-off session

If you manage a group of people who are expected to generate ideas, I’ll give you a free half-hour to pick my brains. We’ll discuss whatever you need to know about creativity or innovation. My time is yours without commitment. And did I mention it’s free? Get in touch and we’ll put a date in the diary.

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“I don’t know anyone who’d be better at this than Dave. We’ve worked with him for years and love the way he helps people get to better ideas.”

Reuben Webb, Stein IAS

"A big thank you for facilitating three days of engaging, confidence building and thought provoking training. Early polls suggest a landslide success"

Angharad Irvine, Havas Health&You, NY

“A positive force in any organisation and someone I would highly recommend. He was also great fun to work with."

Stuart Leach, Barrister

"The feedback so far has been great and people are still talking about how great the sessions were."

Jose Franca, Edelman

“Dave knows what good ideas are. And how to get to them. Whatever industry you’re in, you’ll benefit from working with him. We certainly have."

Rob Morrice, Stein IAS

"Listen to Dave. He's usually right. He's also the second nicest person after your mum you'll ever meet."

Piggy Lines, Carnage Films

"The work he's done has been outstanding and he's able to communicate with clients and peers in an approachable and friendly way. I certainly hope to work more with him in the future."

Jason DaPonte, ex-BBC

"Dave is Premier League. If you get a chance to work with him, grab it and learn."

David Russell, Blue Latitude Health


Each of these sessions is run by author and educator Dave Birss. Dave is a former advertising creative director who picked up lots of awards for his work over 20 years in the industry. Over the last few years, he’s worked with dozens of companies across lots of sectors to help them get more impactful ideas out of their teams.

Dave’s best known for teaching, speaking and writing books on creativity and innovation. But he also consults for companies to help them benefit from creative thinking..

Dave is a Visiting Professor at Kingston School of Art and has taught at universities from London to New York, Santiago to Singapore. He recently launched a couple of courses on LinkedIn Learning and is working on another four courses for release later in the year.

Having a ridiculous surname makes him very Google-able. Have a go and see what dirt you can find.

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