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How to Win Friends and Influence Architects

Designing a Great CPD

As published in the Roofing Today magazine

(Issue 49, October/November 2013, page 11)

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After attending numerous Continuing Professional Development

sessions (CPDs, for short), I have formed some strong opinions about what I – and my peers – love and hate about them. I have sat

through quite a few CPD sessions that I regretted attending and

there are also a few that got me really excited. I have decided to use

this, the first of my regular column, to explain what made the

difference between the two.


First of all, we architects are a slightly geeky breed and enjoy

learning in depth about the technical details of the products we love.

So if you have a sound grasp of the science behind the product, do

explain it to us – bonus points if you can do so with diagrams and

sketches, as we are generally visual individuals. Be prepared to

answer a lot of different questions but never pretend to know the

answer to something you don’t. Instead, offer to get back to us with an email after talking to the tech guys.


We also like things that we can get our hands on, so product samples and models will be a hit. That’s because we are concerned with the

way in which the product will physically impact the building, so texture, weight and physical appearance are important as well as

technical performance.


Architects enjoy realistic presentations most. Analysing the pros and cons of your product in a fair way and admitting that it isn’t the right

choice for every single project will help build trust and encourage us to turn to you when the product is indeed appropriate.


All of the above are key characteristics of a good CPD, but they’re not worth much if you speak unenthusiastically. Architects love

listening to charismatic people with a passion for what they are presenting, so don’t be nervous and feel free to engage with us. We know it can be a bit intimidating presenting in front of a big group of people, as we’ve done it quite a bit ourselves, so we’ll be supportive and understanding.


Now, about the stuff that puts us off!


Probably nothing is worse than a very obvious sales pitch. A short

company overview is fine, but bear in mind what we said above

about gaining our trust. If you push your brand too hard, we’ll be

wary of your ability to be objective. We will be aware from the outset

of the company you are working for and the visual branding of your

presentation and product samples will be enough to help us

remember you. Remember that this is your opportunity to promote

the benefits of the product you are offering and the company you

work for and not the time to sell your services.


We’re also not very keen on presentations that are delivered

mechanically and make us feel like the speaker is talking at us rather

than with us. Like we said before, enthusiasm and engagement are key!

When it comes to the content of the session, we’re not fans of overly

simplistic stuff or a presentation of your product brochure or website.

We came to hear you speak so that you can give us the kind of specific

information that can only be delivered in person. That means that you

should never read out any kind of standards that we can easily find

online; chances are that we’ve already read them and we will feel a

little like you are wasting time.


Since architects can be a bit of a perfectionist bunch, we will pick up

on the practicalities that can make or break a session, so it’s definitely

worth being well organised! That means arriving early and making sure

that all your technical equipment works. No one likes a flip chart



In conclusion, the quality of a CPD session stands in your ability to see

things from the architect’s perspective. We are concerned with how

products perform, as well as their aesthetic appeal and we are

technically, as well as artistically, minded. I hope this has shed some

light on creating a good CPD and better planning your session. If you

have any questions, feel free to get in contact.


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You can read this article as it was published in the Roofing Today magazine (Issue 49, October/November 2013) over here (page 11).

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