Workshop Overview

Appraisals are not a one off conversation once a year; they are the cumulation of conversations and activity throughout the year.

The module covers how to run a successful appraisal session from preparation to follow up. It gives the participants a thorough review of what to do and what pitfalls to look out for.


Pre workshop activity

  • Meeting to discuss the participant’s needs and those of the organisation
  • Draft workshop outline tailored to your needs
  • Agreement of agenda
  • Participants complete a short questionnaire and read the ITD Work Style Model in preparation for the workshop.


  • Half a day to a full day, or two half days.


Typical Agenda

  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Using Appraisal documentation
  • Planning & preparation
  • Creating a developmental mood
  • Setting the context
  • Questioning skills
  • Listening
  • Agreeing development areas
  • Summarising
  • Motivating the person to change
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Follow up
  • Typical scenarios
  • Practice sessions
  • Personal action plans

Post workshop activity

  • Participants leave with individual actions
  • Email follow up of personal action plans
  • Suggested conversation with their line manager on their actions
  • Optional WebEx conference call follow up on these actions
  • Optional 121 coaching
  • ITD blog with further tips and suggestions


By the end of the workshop participants will have;

  • Clear ideas on what a successful appraisal is
  • Reviewed the key skills required
  • Gained ideas on how to improve skills
  • Reviewed ways of handling specific situations with the appraisee
  • Developed a personal action plan


Call or email ITD to explore how we can help your lawyers improve their skills in appraising