Professional Development Workshops

Get in-depth training in these workshops designed to grow your professional development and maximize your entire PRSM2018 National Conference experience. You’ll walk away with new tools to help jumpstart your career and return home with new confidence to do more and achieve more.

Advance Registration Required. $20 members/$35 non-members
Registration deadline April 2, 2018

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Your Growth & Opportunities

The Latest Political, Technological, Economic and Management Trends That Will Dominate Your Business

Gene Marks, The Marks Group, PC

Smart business owners and managers share one quality that makes them stand out amongst their peers: they are always looking ahead. Not just a few weeks or months. But years. There are trends in politics, economics and technology occurring right now that will impact your business over the next 3–5 years. Do you know what they are?

In this entertaining, educational and fast-paced workshop, Washington Post columnist, business owner and author, Gene Marks will answer the most significant questions facing your business over the next few years and help you identify the actions to take to set up your business for success. 

Washington and the Economy.

  • What rules and regulations will be relaxed and which ones will remain?
  • How will potential rewrites of healthcare, taxes and financing laws impact your company’s growth and profitability?
  • How will the federal government’s budget deficit, spending and taxes impact company operations? What actions should you be taking now to navigate these changes in Washington?

Your People.

  • What new trends in employee management will you need to know so that you can find and keep the best people working as productively as possible over the next few years?
  • What new legislation will impact your human resources activities?
  • What tools can help you and your employees better collaborate, communicate and service your customers?

Your Technology.

  • What new applications are hitting the market to keep your company ahead of the competition and positioned for future growth?
  • Where is technology going for your business over the next few years?

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

An Introduction to Clifton StrengthsFinder™

Jodi Johnston, Kairos Consulting & EI Generation (USA)

Limited to 40 attendees

Everyone is born with their own innate talents. If you build upon those natural talents with skills and knowledge, those talents can become strengths. Your greatest potential for development and growth is in the areas of your own unique strengths. Talents come naturally, but strengths must be developed.

Talent + Knowledge + Skill = Strength

It’s all the buzz in the coaching world today because it works! Utilizing the Clifton StrengthsFinder™ assessment tool developed by The Gallup Organization, allows you the opportunity to discover your innate, individual talents – the ways in which you naturally think, feel and behave. By applying strengths in your role as a leader, you can increase team engagement, productivity and overall professional growth.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Review your top five strengths and customized assessment results.
  • Discover a new way to explain who you are to others.
  • Understand your strengths and how to leverage them at work.
  • Identify proven ways to improve your performance.

The fee for this workshop covers the cost of the online StrengthsFinder™ assessment tool. Prior to the conference, you will receive a link and instructions for completing the assessment. Your results will be available immediately, contact with any questions.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Transforming Data into Actionable Insight

Lori L. Silverman, Partners for Progress (R)

Throw away your Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint files for your next data presentation! Make your data tangible for your audience to effectively communicate a business case, keep people engaged and most importantly, act on the information for the good of the organization.

It's not enough to wrap graphics and fancy visualizations around data and deliver them in a slick package. All data has a voice. Someone must extrapolate meaning from the data — and then transform this meaning into a compelling story that moves people to shift their thinking or change their behavior. This hands-on workshop will have you developing a story around data to share on the spot with other attendees.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Craft an effective business value or need question to drive useful data collection.
  • Identify the contextual questions that need to be asked to transform data into information, knowledge, understanding and wisdom to improve how you analyze data and report on it.
  • Explain the three types of stories that may be resident within a set of data and the various outcomes and conversations they spark with others.