Sit Back, Relax and... See What's Never Being Said!

Body Language... Sit Back, Relax and... See What's Never Being Said!

So, change your game, change your Body Language. However… Why Body Language?

It’s a fact that some Team Leaders, CEO's, Planners, HR Managers Lawyers, Politicians, practicing body language for a minimal part of their communication. When one becomes 95% fluent in it, they would have a whole new language on board, including amazing results.

Many people loose 90% of their chance to win-win opportunity at meetings, interviews and public speaking by the way they stand and move and their handshake. Never change your decision to claim a goal or deal, empower yourself by changing your Body Language. 

How much improvement would Body Language give you or your team in understanding social behaviour, analysing the meaning of a communication and maybe even realizing when someone is not truthful or in doubt? 

So, why body language? 

#1 See what’s never being said in meetings

#2 Raise your self-confidence 

#3 Understand clearly what is meant by what people say

#4 Pull people towards you instead of pushing them away

#5 Increase your results with at least 80%

New voices, new questions, new techniques, new perspectives, new passions, new challenges with only one goal, ... new and better results.

I’m looking forward to welcome you, your colleagues & your company for body language an art of communication course, taking place on 22nd May in Birmingham with only win-win situations as a result. On the completion of this course, you will be able to raise your self confidence to present yourself in meetings, board meetings, public consultations, public inquiries, performance management meetings, interviews & list goes on. 

Kind regards,

René Deceuninck,

I-Select Course Trainer for Body Language An Art of Communication  

Festive Gift - Open Opportunities to Join us in 2018

We all at i-Select Consultancy wish you a Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with prosperity and success!

As a our gift for festive season we are today opening  "be our trainer or speaker" and "be our ambassador" opportunities for you.

By becoming our trainer or speaker you will get a dynamic platform to share your knowledge and experience with other industry fellows both in public and private sector. 

Take a forward step towards your career progression in 2018 and become our trainer or speaker. 

By becoming our ambassador you will get an excellent opportunity for networking and sharing your ideas with us and others.

Join us for gala get together in 2018 for networking and sharing ideas. 





Festive Lucky Draw

To celebrate the festive season, we are delighted to run a lucky draw competition for all our delegates, clients and stakeholders. To enter the lucky draw please you would need to do any of the following steps:

1: Follow us on LinkedIn @
2: Sign up for our newsletter
3: Follow us on Twitter @iselectconsult

Two lucky winners of the draw will receive a free place to attend any of our future events.

The closing date of the lucky draw is 23:59 on 21st Nov 2017. The winners will be announced on 24th Nov 2017. If you know any of your colleagues who might be interested in participating this lucky draw, please forward this information to them.

You can be a group

Do you know that you can attend our courses on group delegate price - £199 only? You can do that by booking any of our two or more upcoming courses at a time. Many of delegates are benefiting with this offer and you can be next.

Book today your place at

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Zeenara Najam

Director, i-Select Consultancy Ltd

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

EIA of transport infrastructure is required as part of most consenting processes. This is a complex and often expensive exercise, needing not only specialist expertise in environmental science disciplines such as noise, air quality and ecology, but also excellent co-ordination and communication skills. Compliance with legal requirements is a key consideration, but done properly, EIA also

provides ways of improving the acceptability of a project and speeding up delivery.

There is a wealth of guidance on what should be included in EIA and how it should be done. There is also considerable legal caselaw that determines the form and content of assessments. Finding a path

through all this is often far from straightforward. It also is important the needs of the target audiences for EIA – both decision-makers and the public at larger – are taken fully into account. Therefore, i-Select Consultancy has created a one-day course to help those who might need to undertake and EIA or who could be on the receiving end of one develop better understanding of the

principles and practice of EIA that support and shape successful consent applications. The course I have developed is based on my experience over the last 40 years examining the environmental effects of transport and ways of avoiding or reducing these, securing consents, and engaging with decision-makers and stakeholders.

The course which is called “Environmental Impact Assessment” has been designed to improve attendees understanding of the theoretical and applied background to EIA. It will introduce participants to procedures that should be followed in order to comply with

requirements for a sound environmental assessment process, and introduce techniques and tools to support EIA, methods of improving the effectiveness of EIA to investigate the environmental

implications of projects and investment initiatives. Overall, it aims to enable attendees to understand how transport appraisal techniques can be appropriately applied to their projects.

Temple Group Ltd

What is your New Year's Resolution?

Are we not quick to wish you a Happy New Year with our exciting New Year's training programme? There are lots of courses to choose from to help you to make your New Year's Resolution.  

We are also launching two new courses: Environmental & Social Impact Assessment; and Transport Infrastructure Investment, Economic Growth & Devolution. Many more courses are coming soon.

Give a look at our upcoming events and book your place to avoid the rush!

See you in the New Year!


Zeenara Najam

Director, i-Select Consultancy Ltd

Interpretation of Transport Appraisal Guidance 

A business case supported by robust and coherent transport appraisal can elevate your project above the competition and save you considerable money by being adequately prepared for its delivery. The Department for Transport’s ‘Transport Appraisal Guidance’ (TAG or WebTAG) describes the analysis which supports the business case and, hence, the investment decision. Considerable interpretation of appraisal guidance is needed in terms of their application to schemes of different scales and natures.

The requirements for a major public transport scheme are very different from a local highway improvement, yet both may need a ‘WebTAG compliant’ appraisal. As a result, i-Select Consultancy has created a one-day course to help organisations develop a better understanding of Transport Appraisal techniques which support and shape successful Transport Business Cases. The course I have developed is based on my over twenty years’ experience with Steer Davies Gleave, preparing Transport Business Cases; securing public sector funding; and engaging with assurance reviewers and stakeholders. 

The course which is called Transport Appraisal in Investment Decisions and Ex-Post Evaluation”, (taking place on 28th Sept in London) has been designed to enhance attendees understanding of: the appraisal/WebTAG building blocks and processes of proportionate Value for Money assessment; the principles and importance of Ex-Post Evaluation; and to enable attendees to understand how transport appraisal techniques can be appropriately applied to their projects. 

Steve Hunter MEng CEng FCIHT MAPM TPP
Steer Davies Gleave

Introduction to Transport Business Case

i-Select Consultancy would like to invite you to our new training course on the Introduction to Transport Business Case, taking place on 15th November in Birmingham.   

This one day course will equip delegates with basic skills to understand the requirements of the 5 Case Model for producing successful business cases for transport schemes. The course will cover the principles of producing business cases following guidelines from the HM Treasury’s Green Book, DfT’s WebTAG, Transport for London or Local Enterprise Partnerships. 

The delegates will be able to bring their own examples to discuss at the course and also will learn about key points to remember whilst reviewing and scrutinising the business cases.  
Learn more about course content and outcomes.

We hope to see you at our upcoming events.


Zeenara Najam

Director, i-Select Consultancy Ltd

Your Guidance to Transport Assessments

Planning applications worth billions of pounds are submitted every year in the UK by both private business and the public sector. Each application when considered by planning officers and committees needs to take into account the potential implications on Transport.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was introduced in 2012, in an attempt to simplify the planning system and to bring the power as well as decision making back down to a local level. As a result of this the previous guidance on best practice with regard to undertaking Transport Assessments has been revoked with very little if anything replacing it.


Guidance  on the preparation of supporting documentation in highway assessment terms can be found in the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) suite of documents. These guidance documents set out the methodology that should be used when undertaking a Transport Assessment and state the importance of entering into early discussions with the Local Planning Authority and other relevant authorities / consultees.

The PPG guidance is very general and does not provide as much guidance as before. As a result I-Select Consultancy has created a one-day course to help organisations develop a
better understanding of the process and details required for a successful Transport Assessment. The course has been prepared by Transport Planning Associates (TPA) and
will be presented by myself in four sessions, covering Policy and Guidance, Baseline & Impact Assessment, Mitigation and Sustainable Travel and Case Studies & Monitoring.


The course which is called “Rules for undertaking Successful Transport Assessments for Developments” has been designed to enhance attendees understanding of the language of the planning process, the principle of TA’s, the role of modelling and enable them to recognise what is a good rather than a bad Transport Assessment.


Daniel Ekstrand BSc TPP MTPS MCIHT
Associate Director
Transport Planning Associates

What's it value and benefits?

Careful investment appraisal lets you figure out which opportunities are a great deal and which ones you should avoid like the plague. Similar to any other investments, the investments in transport are also long lasted, and costly, and at the same time have great impact on the economic development of communities and regions. Investment decisions should be therefore well thought and various alternatives should be compared carefully before choosing the preferred option.

We have seen further investment in transport announced in the last week’s budget. The Chancellor backed the Crossrail 2 rail link (connecting Surrey and Herts through London) and gave the green light to the HS3 rail link and the four-lane upgrade of the M62 (between Manchester and Leeds) including upgrades for the cross-Pennine A66 and A69 roads.

 The generation of monitoring and evaluation evidence helps us to find out whether investments have been effective, delivered value for money and achieved the expected outcomes. This evidence improves our ability to demonstrate accountability and helps us to refine our appraisal assessments and forecasts for future decision making.  

 Since more decision making is being taken at the local level under the devolution plans, it has become important to learn about what works and why/why not and use this knowledge to advance understanding and decision making.

We at i-Select Consultancy have therefore designed a training course on ‘Transport appraisal in investment decisions and ex-post evaluation’. Further information about the course and how to book your place can be found here.

Zeenara Najam
Director, i-Select Consultancy Ltd

Share With Us Your Objectives For 2016

Hi - Whether you’re looking to learn, absorb and understand, write, speak and influence, manage and lead, or tackle and win, i-Select consultancy can work with you to enhance your skills and your organisation’s performance through in-house training. Our in-house training courses are tailored to meet your particular objectives, and deliver exceptional results on your specific work related issues.

We would love to listen your training objectives for 2016. Please write us at  and we will help you fulfil your objective by delivering beskope training.


Zeenara Najam, I-Select Consultancy Ltd

Visualise your ideal future

I am sure many people have had times in their career when things go wrong or mistakes are made. These setbacks often throw up roadblocks and can stop personal development or even change and innovation.

However, for many leaders, setbacks provide opportunities to learn from. Former US President Bill Clinton said: 'If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.'

It isn't always to do with age though, and Steve Jobs hits the nail on the head when talking about innovation: 'Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.'

Planning or visualisation

A way of planning for mistakes is to visualise and test them. This can be done mentally, on paper or with trusted people. This is a technique we use in PR when looking at possible negative issues or when responding to a crisis.

Visualising and testing in advance gives you the opportunity to ask difficult questions or plan responses to difficult scenarios. You can also visualise where you want to end up and hold that in mind when dealing with the issue at hand. This helps calm you in a crisis and gives you the confidence you need to handle those sticky moments.


The same can be said when thinking or visualising about the success of your business or career by giving you an objective to strive for. This technique is used in sport to often great success. You can also do this through training. Why not take a look at the i-Select training services to see how this can help you visualise your way to success. Or speak to them about training tailored to your needs. 

Marcus Chrysostomou, Marketing Advisor, I-Select Consultancy Ltd & Owner Equilibrium PR

Will 2016 act as a showcase year for resilience of the UK transport network?

I recently (November 2015), produced a technical programme for a one day conference on the topic of the UK rail network resilience in dealing with severe weather conditions.

The conference programme covered recommendations from the UK Transport Resilience Review 2014, lessons learned from failure of the rail line at Dawlish by a storm in 2014, national and international case studies, data forecasting techniques and the importance of cross sector working. At the time of the conference programme production, I didn’t think that transport network resilience would again become a lesson learned with another rail line closure in December 2015.

Much of the North of England has been devastated by floods caused by record levels of rainfall over the Christmas period. Power and transport networks have been cut off and Network Rail has confirmed that the West Coast Mail Line north of Carlisle will be closed for several days to deal with the impact of the floods.

A recent research by Mott Macdonald estimated that the damage done by the storms in 2014 cut off rail links in Cornwall and Devon for several weeks, is to cost the economy £1.2bn. The cost of the closure of vital infrastructure from the recent floods is yet to be calculated but will include the impact of closing the west coast main line, the loss of power to 55,000 properties and businesses, and the impact of lost connectivity between towns and villages as bridges were destroyed by surging flood waters. The question is: were the lessons from 2014 learnt and if lessons were learnt, are the implementation of these lessons not apparent yet or are we just using these as opportunities for discussion rather than making changes? I hope 2016 is not going to be just another year to debate the lessons learned from the new floods of 2015 but to act as a showcase year and gives us a successful case to discuss and act on of "how well our transport network and infrastructure is resilient in response to severe weather”.

Wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Zeenara Najam, i-Select Consultancy Ltd

Finding The Theme to Win The Bids

Every year, contracts worth many billions of pounds are put out to tender by private businesses and the public sector. In addition, funding applications are invited for specific projects by the public sector, lottery organisations and private trust funds. Competition for these contracts and funds is tough, especially in the current economic climate.

Organisations often view bids as an administrative task, and therefore concentrate on creating bids that are compliant: delivered on time, meeting the specification and answering all the questions asked. But then they find that they don’t win and begin to get despondent.

The root cause of their poor win rate can often be traced back to the fact that such organisations are unaware of what it is that makes them special, or different, or better than their competition. But if just one bidder has put forward a bid with a strong win theme, something (other than price) that presents a strong case for why they should be the winner, then the buyer will more than likely latch on to this, and might well make the award accordingly.

Finding that elusive win theme can be tricky. That’s why i-Select Consultancy has created a one-day course to help organisations to help with this vital business development skill. Delivered by Emma Jaques, author of two books on the subject and with over 15 years’ experience in bidding, this workshop will prove invaluable to those looking for expert guidance.

This course is a practical, interactive and valuable guide to winning bids and tenders. Delegates will learn how to find opportunities, to effectively manage the process – and most importantly to significantly increase the chances of creating successful bids. Please find-out more details here.

Emma Jacques, Managing Director Onto the Page Ltd  & i-Select Consultancy's Course Winning Bids and Funding Applications Trainer

How to manage effectively with less spend?

Well, yesterday's Spending Review brought a mix of news such as 50% increase in the capital funding for infrastructure projects and rise in the NHS budget from £101 billion today to £120bn by 2020-21. But the Department for Transport's operational budget will fall by 37%, Transport for London will lose billions due to a cut in subsidies and the NHS is expected to make £22bn in efficiency savings while Department of Health resource budget to fall by 25%. The Spending Review reinforced the government's ambition for organisations and departments to spend less but manage and deliver effectively.

Each organisation is indeed now faced with tough decisions about how to best use resources to achieve the government’s ambition. The ‘new set of devolution deals’ also represents an opportunity to improve public services as well as to stimulate economic growth.

The starting point of the devolution powers was with the decision to devolve the £6bn NHS budget of Greater Manchester to a combined authority of the constituent local councils. The future organisational structure and performance of Network Rail is also under review and a consultation was launched on 12th November 2015 following a scoping report publication.
In principle it is a smart idea to manage with less and to regionalise the NHS, devolve powers to local councils, establish combined authorities and reform Network Rail. But the problem is that most organisations have no awareness of how to deal with change management and implement successful transformational programmes. 

Because of this i-Select Consultancy designed a workshop on change management and leadership. We are delighted to bring industry top influencers such as Tony Buzan as trainers of this workshop who will held the interactive discussions, case studies and teamwork, to expose participants to the frameworks and tools they will need to succeed in a competitive environment and to achieve thegovernment's ambition to “spend less but manage and deliver effectively”. Please see the workshop details here. We are looking forward to “Think Buzan” with you all on 15th March 2016 in London.

Zeenara Najam

Director i-Select Consultancy

i-Select Consultancy

It is a great pleasure to launch our i-select consultancy website.

At i-Select Consultancy we deliver services to our public and private sector clients by developing a tailored approach that meets their financial and technical requirements. We believe in building long term relationships with our clients through providing them with quality customer and analytical services. We are skilled in transport planning, project management, bid/business case writing, designing and organising  trainings, workshops and seminars.

On behalf of i-Select Consultancy, I'm also pleased to announce two training events in March 2016. 

I'll write soon separately about these events. Meantime you please explore the i-select and these both events at

Many thanks to all who supported us to reach here; our clients, stakeholders, customers, professional fellows and team. We hope for your continued support & look forward working with you all in the future too.

Zeenara Najam

Director, i-Select Consultancy Ltd