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Have you ever wondered what could have been? How a situation may have gone differently had you been a little bolder? Do you worry about stepping outside your comfort zone for fear of failure? The fear of failure is often far worse than the failure itself!

In this interactive talk Simon Platt gave an insight into how he has embraced a lifetime of self-doubt, setbacks, and self-perceived ‘failures’ into making him a more resilient person and a more versatile business analyst. One that is prepared to seek out risks and lean into the so-called failures – not as an end-state, but as an unsuccessful attempt towards success.

Simon shared experiences from his 16 years as a business analyst – as well as some unique inspirations from his personal life – to provide you with some tips and tools on becoming a braver business analyst!

Key learnings:

✔️ How to reframe failures as attempts towards success, not the end-state
✔️ An insight into catastrophising. What is the worst that could really happen?
✔️ How to find inspiration and motivation from the most unexpected places

About the Speaker
Simon is a Principal Business Analyst at Whitbread PLC, with 16 years’ experience in helping deliver change initiatives from the very big, to the very small, and everything in between. Simon has worked across several sectors including financial services, transportation, and hospitality.

Away from the workplace, Simon is a super-keen endurance challenge enthusiast and a passionate advocate for neurodiversity acceptance, a topic very close to his heart 56:49

Have you ever wondered what could have been? How a situation may have gone differently had you been a little bolder? Do you worry about stepping outside your comfort zone for fear of failure? The fear of failure is often far worse than the failure itself!

In this interactive talk Simon Platt gave an insight into how he has embraced a lifetime of self-doubt, setbacks, and self-perceived ‘failures’ into making him a more resilient person and a more versatile business analyst. One that is prepared to seek out risks and lean into the so-called failures – not as an end-state, but as an unsuccessful attempt towards success.

Simon shared experiences from his 16 years as a business analyst – as well as some unique inspirations from his personal life – to provide you with some tips and tools on becoming a braver business analyst!

Key learnings:

✔️ How to reframe failures as attempts towards success, not the end-state
✔️ An insight into catastrophising. What is the worst that could really happen?
✔️ How to find inspiration and motivation from the most unexpected places

About the Speaker
Simon is a Principal Business Analyst at Whitbread PLC, with 16 years’ experience in helping deliver change initiatives from the very big, to the very small, and everything in between. Simon has worked across several sectors including financial services, transportation, and hospitality.

Away from the workplace, Simon is a super-keen endurance challenge enthusiast and a passionate advocate for neurodiversity acceptance, a topic very close to his heart

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Fear Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will: How to Become a Braver BA with Simon Platt

As long as you’re in business, you’re in sales. Granted, you might not be in a traditional ‘sales’ role. Maybe your job title is ‘business analyst’ or ‘product manager’. Chances are you’re having to forge relationships and exercise influence. You may be in situations where you need to influence without having authority. All while simultaneously balancing a whole range of stakeholders’ needs.

You might be selling a product, internal service, or even an idea.

If this sounds familiar, then this is the webinar for you! During this fast-paced, interactive webinar, you’ll hear from Chris Lytle. He wrote The Accidental Salesperson, a book that has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

✔ The critical difference between a Level 1 and Level 4 relationship with an internal or external customer.
✔ How stakeholders or customers can be “seeded” to enhance trust and build the relationship.
✔ How to become the ‘go-to’ person that customers or stakeholders seek out.
And much more . . .

About the Speaker
Chris Lytle has trained more than a quarter million broadcast advertising salespeople on four continents. He is the bestselling author of The Accidental Salesperson: How to Take Control of Your Sales Career and Earn the Respect and Income You Deserve. Lytle promises his session contains more usable information per minute than any learning event you have ever attended. But he warns that education without action is entertainment. You must apply the learning to gain its business-building impact. Your advertisers and prospects will be glad you did. A 30-year resident of Madison, WI, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association inducted Chris into their Hall of Fame in 2018. He now resides in Chattanooga, TN, “The Scenic City” with his wife, Sarah McCann and their three cats. He no longer owns a snow shovel. You can get a weekly knowledge bite—an easily digestible sales idea from his Instant Sales Training website. (http://instantsalestraining.com/) 1:1:11

As long as you’re in business, you’re in sales. Granted, you might not be in a traditional ‘sales’ role. Maybe your job title is ‘business analyst’ or ‘product manager’. Chances are you’re having to forge relationships and exercise influence. You may be in situations where you need to influence without having authority. All while simultaneously balancing a whole range of stakeholders’ needs.

You might be selling a product, internal service, or even an idea.

If this sounds familiar, then this is the webinar for you! During this fast-paced, interactive webinar, you’ll hear from Chris Lytle. He wrote The Accidental Salesperson, a book that has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

✔ The critical difference between a Level 1 and Level 4 relationship with an internal or external customer.
✔ How stakeholders or customers can be “seeded” to enhance trust and build the relationship.
✔ How to become the ‘go-to’ person that customers or stakeholders seek out.
And much more . . .

About the Speaker
Chris Lytle has trained more than a quarter million broadcast advertising salespeople on four continents. He is the bestselling author of The Accidental Salesperson: How to Take Control of Your Sales Career and Earn the Respect and Income You Deserve. Lytle promises his session contains more usable information per minute than any learning event you have ever attended. But he warns that education without action is entertainment. You must apply the learning to gain its business-building impact. Your advertisers and prospects will be glad you did. A 30-year resident of Madison, WI, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association inducted Chris into their Hall of Fame in 2018. He now resides in Chattanooga, TN, “The Scenic City” with his wife, Sarah McCann and their three cats. He no longer owns a snow shovel. You can get a weekly knowledge bite—an easily digestible sales idea from his Instant Sales Training website. (http://instantsalestraining.com/)

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Amplify Your Influence: Learn From The Author Of “The Accidental Salesperson”

Connect with Rachel on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/racheldrinkwater/
Connect with Adrian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianreed/

We live in an ever-increasingly digital world. Even before the pandemic, we shopped, socialised, played games, took courses, did our banking and so much more online and using digital tools. As business analysts, this digital transformation of society has changed and shaped our roles, bringing us closer and closer to customer-facing tools and products. Many companies now have a digital product offering in addition to their core product or service, be that an app or website.

Driven by the ever-changing trends online and competitive technology markets, the pace of digital product development is necessarily fast and the product-to-market time is short. However, this opens society up to risk. It seems that barely a week goes by when a tech company is not in the news for breaching users’ privacy, losing user data, skirting along the edges of regulation around ethics or not ‘doing the right thing’. It’s not just the tech giants though; many digital products and experiences are designed to capture attention, engage users and invoke some kind of action – often conversion to sales or brand engagement. Many of the techniques used to do this can be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of users. Then there are unintended impacts and uses of technology – those cases where technology is used by an unintended audience, where it is misused, where groups of people are excluded from using technology or where bias is unintentionally built into digital products.

As business analysts, we are well placed to challenge, to push for ethical practice and ethical product design, to use our toolkit to carry out more thorough impact analysis and to use empathy to truly understand our customers and users. In doing so, we can contribute to a safer, more ethical, inclusive digital world, where we can leverage the many benefits of technology, whilst mitigating against potential negative impacts.

About the Speaker
Rachel Drinkwater has been a Business Analyst for almost 20 years, which often comes as a bit of a shock. She is passionate about the profession, is a Senior Business Analyst for Coventry University and volunteers as the Blog Strategy Manager for the IIBA UK, helping to bring quality knowledge and information to Business Analysts. Rachel is a writer and blogger and has been published in the BCS’ ITNow magazine, as well as self-publishing to her own blog (www.racheldrinkwater.com). Rachel is fascinated by the effects of the digital world on society and following her Masters degree in 2016, she continues to undertake academic research in the areas of ethical digital practice, digital in society and cyber-psychology and enjoys sharing her findings as a guest lecturer at various universities in addition to speaking at industry conferences. She is also an actor and former Board Director of Teatro Theatre School, a charity who help disadvantaged young people build their confidence through the arts. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking around the English countryside, doing yoga, playing board games and going to gigs and festiva 53:37

Connect with Rachel on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/racheldrinkwater/
Connect with Adrian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianreed/

We live in an ever-increasingly digital world. Even before the pandemic, we shopped, socialised, played games, took courses, did our banking and so much more online and using digital tools. As business analysts, this digital transformation of society has changed and shaped our roles, bringing us closer and closer to customer-facing tools and products. Many companies now have a digital product offering in addition to their core product or service, be that an app or website.

Driven by the ever-changing trends online and competitive technology markets, the pace of digital product development is necessarily fast and the product-to-market time is short. However, this opens society up to risk. It seems that barely a week goes by when a tech company is not in the news for breaching users’ privacy, losing user data, skirting along the edges of regulation around ethics or not ‘doing the right thing’. It’s not just the tech giants though; many digital products and experiences are designed to capture attention, engage users and invoke some kind of action – often conversion to sales or brand engagement. Many of the techniques used to do this can be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of users. Then there are unintended impacts and uses of technology – those cases where technology is used by an unintended audience, where it is misused, where groups of people are excluded from using technology or where bias is unintentionally built into digital products.

As business analysts, we are well placed to challenge, to push for ethical practice and ethical product design, to use our toolkit to carry out more thorough impact analysis and to use empathy to truly understand our customers and users. In doing so, we can contribute to a safer, more ethical, inclusive digital world, where we can leverage the many benefits of technology, whilst mitigating against potential negative impacts.

About the Speaker
Rachel Drinkwater has been a Business Analyst for almost 20 years, which often comes as a bit of a shock. She is passionate about the profession, is a Senior Business Analyst for Coventry University and volunteers as the Blog Strategy Manager for the IIBA UK, helping to bring quality knowledge and information to Business Analysts. Rachel is a writer and blogger and has been published in the BCS’ ITNow magazine, as well as self-publishing to her own blog (www.racheldrinkwater.com). Rachel is fascinated by the effects of the digital world on society and following her Masters degree in 2016, she continues to undertake academic research in the areas of ethical digital practice, digital in society and cyber-psychology and enjoys sharing her findings as a guest lecturer at various universities in addition to speaking at industry conferences. She is also an actor and former Board Director of Teatro Theatre School, a charity who help disadvantaged young people build their confidence through the arts. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking around the English countryside, doing yoga, playing board games and going to gigs and festiva

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The Power to Change the Digital World: Business Analysis, Empathy and Ethics with Rachel Drinkwater