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How can you increase your influence? Online Q&A April 28

Have you ever wondered what determines who is influential? The truth is influence has more to do with communication and behavioral tactics than it does with any innate characteristics. People have developed “hard-wiring” that make it more likely for us to respond positively to some requests than others – not based on the request itself, but on how we are asked. The key to influence is understanding what people are likely to respond to and acting in ways that are most likely to elicit the response you want.

Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is a two-part event that will help you understand the underpinnings of how to build influence and will give you the opportunity to explore your questions about using proven influence strategies in a live videoconference. Both parts of this event feature Professor Paula Caproni from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, an expert on leadership and interpersonal skills. The first part of this event is a 20-minute video of Professor Caproni explaining influence strategies, why influence strategies work and how to use the strategies ethically. The second part is a Q&A session April 28, 1-2 PM EDT in which you and a small group of colleagues will explore your questions about how to use the strategies from the video in your work and life.

The nature of this content and the anticipated questions are not ideal for team participation. We are limiting participation to 25 individuals to ensure the highest level of engagement. The tuition to take part in this event is $45 per person.

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Q&A on influence strategies; discounted tuition through April 8

Join us April 28, 1-2 PM EDT for Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence to explore your questions about strategies for getting people to tell you “yes.” This small group discussion is your opportunity to learn more about what makes people influential and strategies you can use to increase your influence. Register by April 8 and receive a discounted tuition of $35.

Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence features Professor Paula Caproni of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, an expert in leadership, interpersonal skills and team development. Before the live discussion, you’ll receive a recording of Professor Caproni discussing how influence works and strategies to develop it. The live event will be entirely devoted to exploring questions about the content from the video. (more…)

 

How can you build your influence?

Join us April 28, 1-2 PM EDT for an online Q&A event to explore your questions about building your influence so you can work more effectively. Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is your opportunity to learn more about what makes people influential and get answers to your pressing questions about how you can use influence strategies effectively with Dr. Paula Caproni, an expert in leadership, interpersonal skills and team development.

Prior to the live event, you’ll be provided with a short recording of Professor Caproni sharing insights into the psychology of how people make decisions and proven strategies for appealing to people’s natural inclinations to evoke positive responses. Then, on April 28, you’ll explore your questions about how you can use your new understanding of how people make decisions and influence strategies to work more effectively.

About the event

Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is a two-part event that gives you the opportunity to explore new ideas and your questions directly with a leading expert. The first part of the event is a 20-minute video featuring Professor Caproni which you will be able to watch at your convenience in the weeks prior to the live event. The second part is a videoconference Q&A session April 28, 1-2 PM EDT in which you Professor Caproni will answer your critical questions based on the video.

Given the types of questions that may arise in a conversation about influence and interacting with your colleagues, we encourage you to participate individually so you can freely explore your questions. Participation is strictly limited to 25 individuals to enable you to fully engage in the Q&A session. The tuition is $45 per person, however registrations received by April 8 will be discounted to $35.

About Dr. Paula Caproni

Professor Caproni serves on the faculty of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is an award-winning teacher, with extensive experience in MBA and executive education programs both in Michigan and abroad, and is the author of “Management Skills for Everyday Life: The Practical Coach” which is now in its second edition.

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Online Q&A about the facts and fictions of organizational growth February 10


Update: This event is now sold out. Learn about our next Talk with an Expert event »

There are numerous mantras and “best practices” about organizations floating around out there – but how many of them are true? This two-part event is your opportunity to separate the fact from the fiction and explore your questions about organizational growth with our featured expert, Edward Hess, an executive-turned-academic who researches the challenges of growth and building enduring organizations.

When you register for Talk with an Expert: Smart Growth you’ll receive an online video of Professor Hess discussing common misconceptions about growth, different types of growth organizations can choose to pursue and the components that enable continual improvement or “smart” growth within an organization. You’ll then get to spend an entire hour exploring your questions about what “smart” growth means for your organization during a live video-conference with Professor Hess February 10, 1-2 PM EST. (more…)

 

How do you keep your staff motivated and mission-focused?

The current job market is challenging. Even though your employees may not be jumping ship, they may not be giving you their best work. So how can you reinvigorate your staff to achieve your mission, especially when additional monetary rewards are an unlikely option? Join NAS and a leading expert in human resource management, Diane Burton Ph.D., October 21, 1-2 PM to explore your team’s questions about what attracts people to your organization and how you can design jobs and policies that reinforce the things people value most about working for your organization.

Talk with an Expert: Attracting, Motivating and Retaining Staff is an hour long Q&A session featuring, Professor Burton of Cornell University. In advance of the live event, your team will have access to an online recording in which Professor Burton shares insights about what attracts people to jobs – and what keeps them there – as well as strategies for building on that knowledge to design jobs that enable you to achieve your mission and keep your staff satisfied.

This discussion is especially relevant for senior management teams, and team participation is strongly encouraged. Participation is limited to 12 organizations to allow for the highest level of interaction, and tuition is $95 per organization. Register now »

 

July 29 online Q&A session features celebrated expert

Talk with an Expert: Managing Successful Teams features Professor Margaret Neale of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a celebrated expert on group dynamics, organizational behavior, influence and negotiations. Her research focuses on topics including team composition, learning, and performance; distributed work groups; and power and status. She also serves as the director for two executive programs – Negotiation and Influence Strategies and Managing Teams for Innovation and Success – and teaches extensively.

Join NAS and Professor Neale July 29, 1-2 PM EDT to explore your team’s questions about how to effectively build, manage and participate in groups. In advance of the live event, participants will have unlimited access to a recording of Professor Neale identifying critical challenges facing all teams and sharing strategies for making teams more effective.

Team participation is encouraged. Participation is limited to 12 organizations to allow for the highest level of interaction. Tuition is $95 per organization. Register now »

 

Are your teams as effective as they could be?

There are key challenges that face all groups – who should be included, how to get team members to participate and contribute, how to avoid groupthink so you can generate the new ideas you seek. There are also proven strategies for addressing these and other challenges of team work. Join NAS July 29, 1-2 PM EDT for a small group Q & A session with expert Professor Margaret Neale of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business to explore your questions about making your teams more successful.

This small group discussion will be limited to twelve organizations to ensure the highest level of interaction. In advance of the live event, you and your team will be provided with a short recording of Professor Neale discussing the inherent challenges in working in teams and strategies for being more effective. We encourage you to gather a group of your colleagues and prepare questions in advance of the discussion based on the recording. The tuition for attending is $95 per team.

Space is strictly limited. Register now for Talk with an Expert: Managing Successful Teams »