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Stakeholder Engagement Course

The Stakeholder Engagement course is a game-changer for business analysts, project managers and IS consultants who want to build positive and productive relationships with stakeholders. Invaluable as a stand-alone course, it also counts towards the BCS (ISEB) Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis.

  • Classroom

    Course Details:

    Duration: 2 days

    Price: Virtual £995*+VAT
    *includes BCS exam

    Next available course:

    Virtual Classroom
    Virtual Classroom
    Virtual Classroom
  • E-learning
Who is this course for?

Business analysts, project managers, business change practitioners and anyone in business who needs to engage with and manage stakeholders. Stakeholder Engagement is also a People Skills module on the BCS (ISEB) Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.

About the course

Being able to engage with and manage your stakeholders effectively is a vital skill for anyone in business, but especially for business analysts, project managers and IS consultants

Our Stakeholder Engagement course covers all the essential frameworks and principles you’ll need to develop positive and productive relationships with your stakeholders. This includes working with stakeholder groups, creative problem solving, managing conflict and much more.

Presented to you by one of the expert training consultants pictured below. Each member of our Stakeholder Engagement training team brings substantial practical experience to the programme.

How is the course structured?

To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to those two days.

  • Stakeholders
  • Communication
  • Facilitated workshops
  • Rapport
  • Creative problem solving
  • Managing expectations
  • Negotiating with stakeholders
  • Managing conflict
  • Course summary and review
Course manual

For virtual courses a printed copy of the latest edition of the comprehensive course manual will be sent to your home address in good time for the start of your course. Our delegates tell us that having access to a physical document is beneficial as both a reference document and for taking notes during the course. In addition, a link will be emailed to you to enable you to access an electronic copy of the same comprehensive manual for convenient future reference.

Is there an exam?

Yes. During this two day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Professional in Stakeholder Engagement certificate exam. A pass in this module will contribute to the BCS Advanced International Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.

For delegates attending a classroom, virtual classroom or online course, the exam may be taken remotely using the BCS online proctoring service. This exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions with a pass mark of 26/40.

What’s next?

If this course is part of your BCS Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis programme you have a choice of further modules you can take including Business Architecture, Agile Business Analysis, Data Analysis, Advanced Requirements Engineering, Business Finance, Benefits Planning and Realisation and Team Leadership. The structure of the certification is shown here.

Full course outline

Stakeholder Engagement (a two-day course)

Course Content

Understanding stakeholders

  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Stakeholder planning
  • Stakeholder perspectives


  • The communication process
  • Barriers to communication
  • Active listening

Working with stakeholder groups

  • Group development process
  • Learning styles

Facilitated workshops - introduction

  • The benefits of facilitated workshops
  • Main workshop roles – facilitator, scribe, participants, sponsor
  • Stages of a workshop
  • Workshop preparation
  • Conduct of the workshop
  • Facilitation techniques
  • Adaptability in the workshop


  • Rapport defined
  • Making an impact
  • Building rapport
  • Body language

Creative problem solving

  • A model for creative problem solving
  • Techniques for generating ideas
  • Rich pictures
  • Mind-maps
  • Fishbone diagrams
  • Stimulating creative thinking
  • Edward de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’

Managing expectations

  • Sources of expectations
  • Controllable expectation creators
  • Uncontrollable expectation creators
  • Process for managing expectations


  • Negotiating positions
  • Principled negotiation approach
  • The people problem
  • Principled negotiation stages – interests, options, criteria
  • Blocks to creative options in negotiation
  • Integrative and distributive negotiation

Managing conflict

  • The difference between negotiation and conflict situations
  • Root causes of conflict – goals, judgements, values
  • Options for conflict resolution
  • Conflict resolution process
  • Handling conflict

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Customer Reviews

“Our tutor’s knowledge and real-world examples brought the course to life - he has a great way of explaining points and concepts with some good analogies that help commit techniques to memory. First class.”Jonathan Bryant

Presenters for this course

Jonathan Hunsley
Jonathan Hunsley
David Baskerville
David Baskerville
Corrine Thomas