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CODIC: Sharpening Your Point (Brad Kolar)

  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Sharpening Your Point

Brad Kolar

“What are you talking about?” How often do you think that when listening to a presentation or reading an email?  How often do people think that when trying to understand you?

Organizations are awash in complexity.  Often our communication contributes to that.

Complicated communication hurts decision-making and reduces organizational agility.

In times of change or uncertainty, complicated communication increases stress and anxiety while decreasing confidence in leadership

Communicating simply and clearly will help leaders influence change, gain buy-in, and drive faster and more effective decision-making.

Sharpening Your Point provides tools and techniques to simplify your communication. The workshop is based on our “Five-Second Rule”.  If a person can’t get your point within five seconds or less, it’s likely to be lost.

The workshop will help your team communicate simply, clearly, and directly.

Our techniques can be applied across all forms of communication (spoken, written, presented).  

Workshop objectives:

Sharpening your point helps individuals create simple, clear, and direct communication by:

  • Breaking information into understandable and manageable pieces
  • Simplifying ideas and messages
  • Separating key points and supporting evidence
  • Creating simple, easy-to-follow stories and arguments

Brad Kolar is the founder of Avail Advisors. Over the last 20 years, he has focused on one thing - bringing clarity, simplicity and resolution to complex issues. 

He has the well-honed ability to frame and clarify the problems that you face. He will help you simplify your problems, decisions, data and communication. 

Brad combines expertise in business, psychology, process improvement, and technology to helps his clients find unique solutions to their problems. More importantly, it fundamentally changes the way they approach their work. Brad holds a BA in Economics and a MA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Brad holds a MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University. 

Prior to founding Avail Advisors, Brad served as the Director of Learning and Performance Strategy for Accenture. He also served as the Chief Learning Officer for The University of Chicago Medical center. Brad currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. 

Brad’s consulting experience spans various industries including healthcare, financial services, government, consumer products, agribusiness, and professional services. He has worked in over 40 countries. His clients are leaders ranging from front-line managers to C-Suite Executives.

Brad regularly writes articles on leadership, motivation, and business strategy.

He is the co-author of the book, The Brain Advantage: Become a More Effective Business Leader Using the Latest Brain Research.

His blog, The Question of Leadership, provides simple, practical, and actionable tips on how to be a better leader. Check it out at

He also has articles published in

  • Leadership Excellence Magazine 
  • Personal Excellence Magazine 
  • Sales Excellence Magazine 
  • CPCU Interest Group Leadership and Managerial Excellence 
  • ASQ’s Journal Quality Progress 
  • SmartWork, The newsletter for the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

Brad is married and lives in Naperville, IL. He has two kids. Zak is an elementary school digital literacy teacher, and Rebecca is a college junior. He also has two very poorly-trained dogs who walk all over him because they are so adorable.



8:40-9:00 am Logging On & Networking

9:00-12:00 pm Program

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