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    • Saturday, November 14, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • ZOOM link will be shared with Registrants.
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    Join us at 8:40 for Networking! Please register to receive the link and password. This session will be recorded. By registering, you are giving your consent to be recorded. Pre-Work will be sent with your registration.

    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 www.availadvisors.com/blog.

    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.

    LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/brad-kolar

    Website: https://www.availadvisors.com/

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

    9:00-12:00 pm Program


    • Saturday, January 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • ZOOM link will be shared with Registrants.
    Register

    Join us at 8:40 for Networking! Please register to receive the link and password. This session will be recorded. By registering, you are giving your consent to be recorded. Pre-Work will be sent with your registration.

    Peter Sorensen & Therese Yaeger




    LinkedIn: Peter Sorensen

    LinkedIn: Therese Yaeger

    Website: Benedictine University

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

    9:00-12:00 pm Program



    • Saturday, March 13, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • ZOOM link will be shared with Registrants.
    Register

    Join us at 8:40 for Networking! Please register to receive the link and password. This session will be recorded. By registering, you are giving your consent to be recorded. Pre-Work will be sent with your registration.

    Organizing Your Soft Skills Closet: Applying a Consistent Model to Human / Life Skills

    Matt Elwell


    If you watch TED Talks, listen to Audible titles, and attend meetings at associations like CODIC, you’re getting a healthy dose of self-improvement. But then what? How do you integrate, internalize, and master that learning? And how would you accomplish these same objectives for an organization where there are not only competing programs, but departments, levels of learner readiness, and priorities?

    Matt Elwell suggests identifying one consistent organizing model to provide coherence and intention to one’s own personal and professional development. Then, organizationally, this same model can provide a common language that accommodates all other talent development priorities.

    In this session, we will:

    • Compare popular “off-the-shelf” soft skills programs (7 Habits, Crucial Conversations, etc.) to a single organizing model
    • Discuss potential benefits, pitfalls, and action items related to creating such a unified organizational approach to soft skills
    • Practice action planning for self-improvement using the provided model as a guide

    Matt Elwell, CPTD - As a keynote speaker, instructional designer, and facilitator, Matt Elwell has been using Applied Improvisation to improve organizational performance and culture for over 15 years. His learning and creative solutions span large-scale annual meetings, multi-city tours, and intensive small-group sessions. Matt is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and has shared his insights on learning and improvisation at both professional and academic conferences. Find out more about Matt and his network of partners at MattElwell.com.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattelwell/

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

    9:00-12:00 pm Program


    • Saturday, May 01, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • ZOOM link will be shared with Registrants. There will be Pre-work for Registrants
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    Join us at 8:40 for Networking!  Please register to receive the link and password. This session will be recorded. By registering, you are giving your consent to be recorded. Pre-Work will be sent with your registration. 

    Part 2: Coaching Technical Leaders Practice Lab

    Micki Lewis


    You’ve asked for it – it is finally here!

    Awhile ago Micki Lewis shared her wisdom around Coaching Technical Leaders.  Pull out your notes from that day and refresh your memory and/or see if you can answer these questions:

    • Who is a technical leader?
    • Is coaching technical leaders any different than a non-technical leader?
    • What is the differences between Coaching, Mentoring, Advising, Sports Coaching and Counseling ?
    • What is the best approach when coaching technical Leader?

    Keep these questions at the forefront of your mind and Micki will help you get clearer by answering them when we get closer to our CODIC session!

    Micki Lewis MS, PCC, CPTP

    Executive Coach, Leadership Development Strategist, Facilitator

    LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/mickilewis 

     

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

    9:00-12:00 pm Program

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