Professional skills

  • 9 ways to create an effective Powerpoint presentation: Parts 6-9
    Presentations are a key part of the planning professional’s skill set, says Rachel Miller. Done well, they can win the hearts and minds of your audience, whether you are presenting to clients, addressing a conference, or speaking at a local community hall
  • Presentations are a key part of the planning professional’s skill set, says Rachel Miller. Done well, they can win the hearts and minds of your audience, whether you are presenting to clients, addressing a conference, or speaking at a local community hall
  • Teamwork is an essential ingredient for success in planning. At the 2017 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence three organisations were recognised for their exemplary team building. Matt Moody asked them how they did it
  • Teamwork is an essential ingredient for success in planning. At the 2017 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence three organisations were recognised for their exemplary team building. Matt Moody asked them how they did it
  • Teamwork is an essential ingredient for success in planning. At the 2017 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence three organisations were recognised for their exemplary team building. Matt Moody asked them how they did it
  • In theory, planners should be excellent project managers – but that doesn’t mean it’s always so. What does it take to run a planning project effectively?
  • In theory, planners should be excellent project managers – but that doesn’t mean it’s always so. What does it take to run a planning project effectively?
  • As a planner, you have to juggle a great many demands on your time. Chrissie Gibson of training and town planning consultancy Connectivity Associates shares her tips for managing these demands while remaining effective
  • Becoming recognised as an ‘expert’ within your profession can be invaluable to advancing your career, opening up new opportunities and aiding promotion. But in a profession as broad as planning, how do you go about it? Martha Harris collected tips from planners to help you on your way
  • Becoming recognised as an ‘expert’ within your profession can be invaluable to advancing your career, opening up new opportunities and aiding promotion. But in a profession as broad as planning, how do you go about it? Martha Harris collected tips from planners to help you on your way
  • What are the attributes a planner needs to be recognised for advancement?
  • What are the attributes a planner needs to demonstrate to be recognised for advancement?
  • It can sometimes be uncomfortable to raise the subject of money, but put simply ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’. You just need to approach and ask in a positive constructive manner.
  • Most of us would rather avoid negotiating a pay rise if possible. But if you are planning to ask for an increase, it's worth calculating your approach beforehand.
  • From everyday interactions to complex deals, negotiation is a crucial skill. Read our expert tips and find out how to apply them in planning negotiations
  • Reports are planners’ bread and butter.You don’t have to be Shakespeare to write a good one, but you do need a clear framework, a lively style and a capacity to write crisp analysis. We share five tips to enable you to be the toast of town planning when putting pen to paper.
  • Speaking in public is never likely to top a planner’s list of enjoyable work activities – standing up in a packed council chamber to put the case for or against an application is a nerve-wracking experience for many. Trevor Morton explains how to lessen the nerves and improve performance.
  • Are you an experienced chartered town planner seeking a new way to work? Would you like to combine higher earnings with more freedom?
  • What does it take to be a leader in planning? Here's part 2 of of out two-part feature
  • What does it take to be a leader in planning? Martha Harris talks to planning professionals about the qualities of good leaders