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Untangling the Knots That Get in the Way of Communication

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Dates

Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Tuesdays – May 3, 10, 24, 31 and June 7
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Title
Untangling the Knots That Get in the Way of Communication

Cohort Facilitator
Anna Young, Principal, Anna Young Consulting

As leaders, we know the importance of communication and we also know how hard it can be. How many of us have had to spend time untangling communications gone wrong or misheard, either between team members, or when we have ourselves either miscommunicated, procrastinated on a difficult conversation or not had time to sufficiently prepare? 

This five-session interactive series will provide space to explore five areas where we know that communication trips us up. Using a brain-science approach, cohort leader Anna Young will help you gain a greater understanding into where the workings of our mind help and where they get in our way. She will provide you with tools and frameworks to support easier and more effective communication, while allowing you to practice with your peers and share best practices and tips. The sessions are designed to be applicable within the remote working environment as well as translate to a return to the workplace context. 

Over the course of the work together, participants will learn new tools and approaches, unpack what makes effective communication so hard, and discuss and problem-solve around real life challenges. In between sessions, participants will have the opportunity to apply and reflect on how these tools are applicable in their day-to-day roles. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Gain tools and resources to enable more effective communication as leaders that they can also share with their teams. 
  2. Build confidence moving into more challenging conversations with their teams. 
  3. Share best practices between organizations.
  4. Understand different strategies for working in direct, virtual and hybrid environments.
  5. Learn how to tackle a leadership challenge they are currently facing in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment. 

Outline

Session 1

May 3        

Kick Off and Introductions

  • Introductions. Establish a safe and confidential space.
  • Collectively map the different pain points leaders in the group currently face to ensure that we address the topics during the sessions.
  • Overview of the brain-science of what makes open dialogue hard. 
  • Recap of tool for giving effective feedback. 

Session 2

May 10

Conversations We Don’t Want to Have

  • Overview of framework for what is going on for both sides when a difficult conversation needs to take place. 
  • Discussion of strategies for preparing for and engaging in difficult conversations.
  • Share tool to prepare for difficult conversation

Session 3

May 24

What Does Good Listening Really Mean?

  • We all know listening is the most important component of communication but what does that actually mean? In this session we will look at and discuss the 4 stage listening model from Theory U and how giving greater attention to how we are listening can support effective communication. 

Session 4

May 31

Live? Virtual? Hybrid?

  • Discussion on how we need to alter our communication approaches and use different tools depending on what form our meeting is taking.
  • Peer sharing of effective strategies and how the work environment is currently changing. 
  • Resource to help optimize the communication depending on the format.
  • How much is too much? Exploring how to know whether the quantity and quality of communication is right with individuals and your teams.

Session 5

June 7

Effective Team Communication

  • Explore ways to diagnose whether the ways you are communicating are landing right with the team. 
  • Tools for effective team meetings.
  • Resources for different forms of communication.

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning cohort is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits statewide. 
  • Participants make a commitment to all sessions so we can collectively work together and build a network of support. 
  • Conversations will be held as confidential to allow for depth and breadth of exploration
  • This session is targeted towards experienced leaders who are looking to both expand the repertoire of leadership skills at their disposal, and work on their own commitment to self development as leaders.
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to [email protected]

About the Cohort Facilitator

Anna Young, Principal, Anna Young Consulting

Anna Young is an accomplished executive and leadership coach and experienced senior leader. Her work includes individual coaching, team development and group facilitation. She creates the space for leaders to explore key opportunities and dilemmas and develop capacity to be more effective in their work, while drawing on their own strengths.

She has decades of experience facilitating teams in strategic planning, team building, discovery workshops and in organizing and leading team events that unlock new insights and build new connections and relationships. She has worked all over the world, is committed to and is skilled in allowing teams and individuals to tap into their own knowledge and wisdom and then reflecting truths that allow problems and opportunities to be seen from a new angle.

Originally from the UK, Anna has lived, worked and learned within many communities around the world including the Balkans, Indonesia, South and Central Asia. For the past two decades she has found her home in Portland in the Pacific Northwest of the United States where she lives with her two children, husband and rabbit.

She holds an Associate Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation and is certified through New Ventures West. She holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University and a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from Leeds University.

Thank You Funders and Sponsors

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Collins Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, Gordon Elwood Foundation, The Johnson Charitable Trust and The Roundhouse Foundation
Partner Sponsors: Columbia Bank, Nonstop Wellness and Kaiser Permanente
Friend Sponsors: Miller Nash, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and Nike
Supporter Sponsor: Nonprofit Professionals Now

Cost

$125 for NAO Members
$175 for Nonmembers

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

If you have questions or trouble registering contact [email protected]

Location

Online

Register Now

 Registration is closed for this event

Dates

Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Tuesdays - May 3, 10, 24, 31 and June 7
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Title
Untangling the Knots That Get in the Way of Communication

Cohort Facilitator
Anna Young, Principal, Anna Young Consulting

As leaders, we know the importance of communication and we also know how hard it can be. How many of us have had to spend time untangling communications gone wrong or misheard, either between team members, or when we have ourselves either miscommunicated, procrastinated on a difficult conversation or not had time to sufficiently prepare? 

This five-session interactive series will provide space to explore five areas where we know that communication trips us up. Using a brain-science approach, cohort leader Anna Young will help you gain a greater understanding into where the workings of our mind help and where they get in our way. She will provide you with tools and frameworks to support easier and more effective communication, while allowing you to practice with your peers and share best practices and tips. The sessions are designed to be applicable within the remote working environment as well as translate to a return to the workplace context. 

Over the course of the work together, participants will learn new tools and approaches, unpack what makes effective communication so hard, and discuss and problem-solve around real life challenges. In between sessions, participants will have the opportunity to apply and reflect on how these tools are applicable in their day-to-day roles. 


Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Gain tools and resources to enable more effective communication as leaders that they can also share with their teams. 
  2. Build confidence moving into more challenging conversations with their teams. 
  3. Share best practices between organizations.
  4. Understand different strategies for working in direct, virtual and hybrid environments.
  5. Learn how to tackle a leadership challenge they are currently facing in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment. 


Outline

Session 1

May 3        

Kick Off and Introductions
  • Introductions. Establish a safe and confidential space.
  • Collectively map the different pain points leaders in the group currently face to ensure that we address the topics during the sessions.
  • Overview of the brain-science of what makes open dialogue hard. 
  • Recap of tool for giving effective feedback. 

Session 2

May 10

Conversations We Don’t Want to Have
  • Overview of framework for what is going on for both sides when a difficult conversation needs to take place. 
  • Discussion of strategies for preparing for and engaging in difficult conversations.
  • Share tool to prepare for difficult conversation

Session 3

May 24

What Does Good Listening Really Mean?
  • We all know listening is the most important component of communication but what does that actually mean? In this session we will look at and discuss the 4 stage listening model from Theory U and how giving greater attention to how we are listening can support effective communication. 

Session 4

May 31

Live? Virtual? Hybrid?
  • Discussion on how we need to alter our communication approaches and use different tools depending on what form our meeting is taking.
  • Peer sharing of effective strategies and how the work environment is currently changing. 
  • Resource to help optimize the communication depending on the format.
  • How much is too much? Exploring how to know whether the quantity and quality of communication is right with individuals and your teams.

Session 5

June 7

Effective Team Communication
  • Explore ways to diagnose whether the ways you are communicating are landing right with the team. 
  • Tools for effective team meetings.
  • Resources for different forms of communication.

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning cohort is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits statewide. 
  • Participants make a commitment to all sessions so we can collectively work together and build a network of support. 
  • Conversations will be held as confidential to allow for depth and breadth of exploration
  • This session is targeted towards experienced leaders who are looking to both expand the repertoire of leadership skills at their disposal, and work on their own commitment to self development as leaders.
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to [email protected]

About the Cohort Facilitator

Anna Young, Principal, Anna Young Consulting

Anna Young is an accomplished executive and leadership coach and experienced senior leader. Her work includes individual coaching, team development and group facilitation. She creates the space for leaders to explore key opportunities and dilemmas and develop capacity to be more effective in their work, while drawing on their own strengths.

She has decades of experience facilitating teams in strategic planning, team building, discovery workshops and in organizing and leading team events that unlock new insights and build new connections and relationships. She has worked all over the world, is committed to and is skilled in allowing teams and individuals to tap into their own knowledge and wisdom and then reflecting truths that allow problems and opportunities to be seen from a new angle.

Originally from the UK, Anna has lived, worked and learned within many communities around the world including the Balkans, Indonesia, South and Central Asia. For the past two decades she has found her home in Portland in the Pacific Northwest of the United States where she lives with her two children, husband and rabbit.

She holds an Associate Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation and is certified through New Ventures West. She holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University and a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from Leeds University.

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Thank You Funders and Sponsors

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Collins Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, Gordon Elwood Foundation, The Johnson Charitable Trust and The Roundhouse Foundation
Partner Sponsors: Columbia Bank, Nonstop Wellness and Kaiser Permanente
Friend Sponsors: Miller Nash, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and Nike
Supporter Sponsor: Nonprofit Professionals Now

Cost

$125 for NAO Members
$175 for Nonmembers

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

If you have questions or trouble registering contact [email protected]

Location

Online

When
May 3rd, 2022 12:00 PM to June 7th, 2022 1:15 PM
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Price $175.00
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