Mastering Effective Communications

instructor: Kathy Stanford

Expertise: Communication Skills for the Modern Workplace for both Front Line and Supervisors, HR Essentials, Welcoming Workplace, Transformational Leadership, Leadership Skills, Sales and Customer Service.

This 10 week 40 hour customized funded Workplace Education program will help you enhance and further develop strategies to improve your communication skills in the workplace such as learning communication styles, the role of verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening and building trust.  Exploration of benefits and challenges of 4+  generations working together.  Techniques will be explored in the facilitation process including the design and delivery of an effective toolbox talk.  Participants will learn effective meeting strategies to engage employees.  Learn how to have difficult conversations including tools for future use. Discover the five languages of appreciation and celebration in the workplace.  Based on the individual needs assessments (required) these topics may be adjusted for customization.

  • Communication Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Building Trust in the Workplace
  • Generational Differences
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Techniques for Effective Meetings (including Tool Box Meetings)
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Language of Appreciation and Celebration in the Workplace

The following are learning objectives associated with each of the topics above:

Communication Skills

  • Define communication
  • Develop an understanding of the communication process
  • Identify the importance of verbal/non-verbal communication
  • Describe the characteristics/qualities of an effective communicator
  • Identify the breakdowns and failures in communication
  • Identify your communication style

Active Listening

  • Describe active/passive listening
  • Develop strategies to enhance your communication at work
  • Practice Active Listening

Building Trust in the Workplace

  • Define trust
  • Recognize the role and impact of trust
  • Analyze a trust tax and trust dividend
  • List the five waves of trust
  • Apply the 13 behaviors of a high trust leader
  • Define vulnerability-based trust

Generational Differences

  • Identify the impact of different generations working together in the workplace
  • Explain how a generation is defined
  • List the four generations currently in the workplace and list the dominant characteristics of each generation
  • Define a company’s “generational personality”
  • Apply guiding principles to improve working relationships

Facilitation Skills

  • Define facilitation
  • Learn the benefits of effective facilitation
  • Identify basic principles of facilitation
  • Develop and enhance your facilitation skills

Techniques for Effective Meetings/Tool Box

  • Develop effective briefings
  • The “how” of tool box meetings
  • “How to communicate” both efficiently
  • Design practices to improve and enhance meetings
  • Design and deliver a tool box talk

Difficult Conversations

  • Identify the need for a difficult conversation
  • Recognize the reasons for avoidance
  • Apply a method to develop a difficult conversation
  • Evaluate the outcome of a difficult conversation
  • Describe the art of intentional dialogue

Language of Appreciation and Celebration in the Workplace

  • Identify  the current language of appreciation and celebration in the workplace
  • Explain the purpose of showing appreciation in the workplace
  • Identify and apply the five languages of appreciation