As an administrative professional, you probably oversee many projects of varying size, complexity and purpose. This workshop provides a roadmap for project management, real-world case studies and interactive exercises to immediately practice what you’ve learned. We’ll explore the three essential elements of project management including (1) the step-by-step process for guiding a project from concept to completion and overcoming obstacles along the way (2) strategies for managing the people involved and communicating effectively, and (3) the wide array of tools available and how to decide which one best meets your needs.
Just as an RFP (request for proposal) or RFQ (request for quote) and resulting hotel or vendor contract set the foundation for a good business relationship and meeting or event, this workshop provides the groundwork for constructing an event from goal setting to execution, with emphasis on areas – contracts and contingency planning – that help minimize risk.
Prepare to develop a greater understanding of industry contract terminology and learn how to develop and stay on track with goals and objectives that tie into a company’s or organization’s and an event’s mission. Learn how to create audience-centric (focused on your meeting’s demographic and best learning practices) and universal meeting formats and set-ups, while ensuring that all attendees can easily participate.
Through best practices examples and exercises, we’ll explore how to protect your people, property, and finances and protect your personal reputation and that of your employer. Throughout the session, adult learning enhancements will be used to keep you engaged, energized and eager to improve your own meetings.
In this interactive workshop, you will:
• Explore best core meeting planning practices;
• Enhance your understanding of industry terminology for better communications;
• Discern how to make meetings and events more audience-centric; and
• Analyze and prepare to manage the human and financial risk factors of planning and executing meetings.
You use Microsoft Excel on a daily basis, but are you flexing its full muscle? Harness the power of overlooked and advanced features, including Subtotal, Sumif, Vlookup, Insert Tables, Filters, Slicers, Timeline, and Pivot Table. Which is the most valuable? It all depends on the data analyst. Some of these features with their special abilities will turn you into the Excel guru of your office – get ready to stand out! Attendees should be competent with Excel already; laptops are required. Preferred installations: Microsoft Excel 2013 and Excel 2016.
Unplanned projects and unexpected situations can make a shambles of your most thoughtful plans; when they do, you’re left juggling competing priorities and multiple deadlines. Based on the outstanding success of last year’s session, this expanded workshop shows you how to prioritize your all those urgent tasks; practice time management techniques that help you stay in control; identify your time wasters and use methods for tracking your progress and staying on schedule. Plus we’ll talk about how to reduce your stress on a high-pressure day with tips on setting limits when work threatens to overwhelm you.
Many of us freeze when asked to speak in public; most of us dread it. A masterful speaker shares new approaches to presenting your ideas clearly and with composure. This interactive workshop includes practice to build your skills. Map your talking points, and think—and speak—on your feet. Learn how to identify and banish jitters. Discover the three must-haves in your opening that will “hook” your audience. As a bonus, we’ll explore mistakes that make meetings deadly dull and remedies for the “8 Great PowerPoint® Mistakes.”
Many new office applications can work together to streamline your workflow and increase your efficiency. Join this in-depth, hands-on tour of the most powerful tools for today’s office. Structure or no structure, you’ll go from beginner to power user with digital notebook tools like Microsoft OneNote and Evernote to organize travel, and share team information, strategic plans, and meetings notes. Incorporate the Office Lens app in your notes to become oh so powerful! Then onward to Microsoft’s latest duo; Microsoft Form and Microsoft Flow. Microsoft Forms is a new part of Office 365 that quickly and easily creates custom forms and works seamlessly with Microsoft Flow to automate any workflow. Get ready to find the keys to organizing chaos! This is a hands-on workshop: laptops and smartphones required.
How you communicate during conflict and difficult situations can make or break your advancement and success with business leaders. Communication is like mixing chemicals. Sometimes it leads to exciting discoveries. Sometimes it just blows up. This interactive workshop will help you better understand your colleagues’ communication style and your own and give you practical, actionable techniques and strategies to manage conflict; encourage cooperation; give feedback with no pushback and morph from a competent employee into a confident respected influencer. Anyone can structure their message to reach different communication styles and achieve better cooperation and improved outcomes with colleagues!