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    • 28 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual Access

    These days, effective communication is even MORE important than ever, especially with so much of it happening online. Join us for this special virtual edition of our annual mini-conference and learn how to "Say Things Better." 

    If you can answer YES to any of the questions below, this mini-conference is for you!

    • Could you be a better communicator?
    • Have you been told you're too direct, or not direct enough?
    • Do you struggle to find the right words?
    • Do your meetings run long? Do people misunderstand you?
    • Are you an interrupter? Are you frequently interrupted?
    • Are you missing strong peer relationships?
    • Do your team members feel valued? Do your leaders know what you contribute to their bottom line?

    Join us along with intentional communication trainer, Lila Smith, live and online Wednesday, October 28. You will learn a FIVE STEP PROCESS to "Say Things Better"...and listen better, too. 

    Mini-Conference Schedule
    All times listed are US CST

    10:00 - 11:15 a.m.  |  STEP 1: Motivation

    11:30 - 12:15 p.m.  |  STEP 2: Objective

    12:15 - 1:00 p.m.    |  Break

    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.      |  STEP 3: Communication Partner's Objective

    1:45 - 2:30 p.m.      |  STEP 4: Toolbox

    2:45 - 4:00 p.m.      |  STEP 5: Verb Your Values

    Facilitator: Lila Smith
    Intentional Communication Trainer

    Lila Smith used to think that being a professional actress would be the best way to use her love of storytelling to make a difference that mattered in the world. After spending 20 years training and 10 years professionally performing to great acclaim in NYC and around the US, she still felt there was more. More connection, more honesty, and more impact to be had- offstage, in real life.

    That’s why Lila created Say Things Better, a 5-Step method of Intentional Communication based on the best tools she learned in theater. Combined with experience in corporate e-commerce leadership, she took inventory of a life that didn’t fit and re-scripted a new one.

    She now travels around the world helping people embrace their most powerful voice and connect to their most important Communication Partners.

    Lila’s highly interactive communication training workshops have earned her rave reviews from partners like Merck, Acuity Brands, the Dallas Mavericks, and the University of Miami. More importantly, her work has led to transformative discovery- over a thousand “aha! moments” achieved worldwide.

    Are you certain that YOUR communication connects?

    Visit the ND ATD Chapter website for registration details and pricing.  

    USE CODE MWCHAPTER for member pricing

    **Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations will be accepted and refunds issued up to 5 days prior to the event. We are unable to issue refunds any later than that date. If you are unable to attend, you may send someone in your place. Please email with the name and email address of your substitution. Substitution names must be received 24 hours prior to the event in order to receive the event link. No shows will be billed. 

    • 11 Nov 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual Event
    • 38

    Free webinar. ATD MEMBERS: Login to register

    As leaders and managers you should focus on being an influential leader, not a powerful one. You should develop your teams to have the power. Developing self-directed teams means they can solve MOST of their problems, they can resolve MOST of their team conflict, they can think outside the box in a creative manner that is proactive and not driven by micro-managers that hover over them constantly. Your team will be accountable for overall success not just responsible for their own individual piece. They will allow you, the manager, to focus on your strengths and skill to actually MANAGE....

    Learning Objectives:

    • Difference between team building and team development.  
    • The four stages of team development. 
    • Transition problem solving from you the leader to the team. 
    • Build accountability not just responsibility in the team. 
    • How to build purpose and significance into each team member.

    About the presenter: Russ Genzmer

    I retired in 2012 after 29 years with Ameritas Life Insurance in Lincoln. From 2000 to 2010 I served as Vice President of Technology and Business Analysts. From 2010 to 2012 I served as Vice President of Organizational Development and Training. I was accountable for leading teams from as small as 5 to as many as 302 during 29 years with the company.

    I now have Genzmer Consulting where I provide consulting, seminars, workshops and keynote addresses to over 9,125 leaders, managers and staff since 2013 from all over the United States. I have delivered keynote addresses to audiences as large as 873 attendees.

    I am also a certified member of Korn/Ferry Lominger International Leadership studies and certified in 360 Degree Feedback Assessment, Leadership Development and Coaching as well as Lominger Leadership Architect Development processes.

    I am a past member of the Association of Information Professionals, Past President and Division Director of the Association of Systems Management and served on the Southeast Community College Curriculum Review Board for six years.

    Event Contact 

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual