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Upcoming BigTalker professional development sessions

In the next few months BigTalker will be promoting some of our best training sessions with our partner, General Assembly. We’re really excited about the level of talent and quality that we have lined up for these public sessions. Hope to see you there!

Communication Skills: Learn to sharpen your vocal presence

with Lauri Smith, CEO, Voice Matters.

During this highly interactive workshop Voice Matters’ CEO Lauri Smith will show you how unleash your innate, unique charisma in order to enroll others in your cause and maximize your impact.

One of our most powerful tools as change-makers, entrepreneurs and leaders is the resonance of our voices. In fact, our vocal presence is our primary instrument for navigating the world. Your vocal presence may be the bottleneck that prevents you from achieving your goals and creating the life you desire. We use our voices to engage with colleagues, clients, friends and family — and it’s not (just) what you say, it’s (also) how you say it.

In today’s world, charisma and presence are not optional. It’s no longer enough to communicate effectively — leaders need to be able to influence, motivate, and inspire their collaborators and teams. You’ll gain actionable tips to apply to both your personal and professional endeavors.

Increase your impact with Strengths-based leadership

with Marta Hanson, Assistant Dean & Associate Director, Stanford Women’s Community Center, Stanford University

Strengths-based development emerged from the question, “What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them?” In doing this, we shift the paradigm of excellence by focusing on each individual’s unique strengths to develop excellence in a few areas, rather than encouraging “well-rounded,” average performance in many areas — and it works. Research from Gallup shows people who use their strengths every day are 6x more likely to be engaged at work and more than 3x as likely to say they have an excellent quality of life, and teams focusing on strengths are 12.5% more productive. Who wouldn’t want that?

For this highly interactive strengths-based development workshop, attendees are required to complete the Top 5 CliftonStrengths assessment ($19.99 cost) before the event, which reveals natural patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that inform your life and leadership. This assessment is based on 50+ years of research on human performance and behavior by Gallup, and has been taken by over 17 million people worldwide.

As a participant, you will walk away from this workshop with a deeper understanding of your own strengths, language to articulate what you need to thrive, and strategies to put your strengths into action.

Women and Leadership: How women navigate power structures

With Marta Hanson, Kelly Buchanan, Pamela Hopkins, and Heather Rivers

Join General Assembly and BigTalker for another insightful discussion about women and leadership. Our panelists will focus on women’s leadership in the context of structures of power, sources of power, and how navigating power changes at different stages of our career. We’ll also discuss important sources of support to cultivate along the way (e.g mentors, peers, allies, networks etc.).

We’ll explore a few key questions:

How do we exercise influence with and without formal authority?
How can we cultivate resiliency skills and maintain a sense of empowerment in the workplace even when faced with difficult dynamics?
What are strategies to comfortably and confidently wield power in different roles, sectors, and stages of our careers?

The goal of the discussion is to give the audience tangible, actionable advice for how they can navigate power structures.

Our previous Women and Power panel is summarized here.

Leadership skills: Emotional Intelligence for success

with Dave Sloan and Alicia Jabbar

71% of hiring managers value emotional intelligence in an employee over IQ. In this highly interactive session, leaders (and aspiring leaders) will sharpen their teamwork and management skills. You’ll learn key emotional intelligence skills like self-awareness, presence, and empathetic listening. Specifically, this session will teach critical communication skills that are mandatory for anyone on a team that works on complex projects. Attendees will leave with actionable interpersonal skills and frameworks that increase the likelihood of their success.

Communication skills: The magic of storytelling

With Lauren Weinstein, Instructor, Stanford University

Come celebrate World Storytelling Day and learn how to become more persuasive, engaging, and memorable through storytelling.

Lauren Weinstein, Instructor of Strategic Communication at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, will lead an interactive storytelling workshop that will provide you with an immediately actionable set of tools to engage and inspire an audience — whether that audience is one or many. This session is designed for product managers, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, and founders looking for practical techniques to increase their impact.

At the end of the session, attendees also will have an optional opportunity to captivate the group with their own story. No prior speaking or communication training required.

Communication skills: Learn effective communication strategies (ECS)

With Alison Repp, Empowerment Consultant & Psychotherapist, Epic Corporate Consulting

ECS (Effective Communication Strategies) is an experiential training program that builds a deeper, more sophisticated corporate culture of healthy, loyalty-inspiring interactions.

Attendees will learn, experience, and practice the art of precise communications, self-awareness, and how to successfully navigate human interactions while remaining honest and unflappable.

People have an innate desire to be heard.

When people feel heard, they feel valued.

Employees who feel valued are driven to provide superior service because they want their work to reflect their inner sense of value.

Employees who feel valued will value the customers they serve.

Customers who feel valued are loyal to the company who values them

The ECS system is derived from the foundations of psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, anger management, addictions counseling and trauma counseling. Attendees leave with a stronger sense of trust and loyalty, which increases productivity.

Thanks to General Assembly for hosting, and we hope to see you at some of these great events!



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