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“For you to be the very best, you cannot allow yourself to become complacent in your comfort zone. You need to be reaching for improvement.”
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Training and Leadership Development

Effective Training and Leadership Development

Lighting the Way

“Linda was knowledgeable, intelligent, and communicated effectively”

– Participant

From comments on the workshop, Leading Effective Meetings for Results; MORE

Linda Mather is a designated Certified Practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) instrument, the most widely used personality assessment. If you want to develop leadership abilities, improve team work, facilitate change or increase communication skills, the personality type preferences described by the MBTI instrument can help. For more information, please contact us.

Linda Mather has offered training and leadership development services for more than 30 years. Her practical approach to training includes:

  • Encouraging participants to share scenarios from their experiences
  • An emphasis on practice, not theory
  • A highly interactive seminar format with lecture kept to a minimum
  • Self-developed work plans or checklists to help participants continue learning and developing

As former president of the nonprofit organization Forums Institute for Public Policy, Linda has practical management knowledge that grounds her training processes. She has extensive experience with:

  • Nonprofit boards, guiding board relations and governance
  • Public and private sector clients
  • Government

Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership Training Services

Boardsmanship  Interviewing
Conflict Management  Interpersonal Relations
Effective Meetings  Intrapersonal Communications
Group Dynamics  Facilitation
Leadership  Listening
Presentation Skills  Strategic Planning

BOARDSMANSHIP: WORKING WITH AND FOR NONPROFITS Nonprofit agencies are always looking for volunteers, particularly for their boards. Why should you consider being a board member? What are your roles and responsibilities? How does a nonprofit function? What is the essential relationship between the board and the agency? How can you benefit, personally and professionally from serving on a nonprofit board?

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT What is conflict? How do you respond to conflict? What is Principled Negotiation? What skills do you already have and can use?

EFFECTIVE MEETINGS When do we need a meeting? Why do we need a meeting? What kinds of meetings are there? What makes an effective meeting? How can I improve my role in a meeting as leader or as participant? Using these questions as a framework, this training seminar will address the problems at each stage of the meeting process.

FACILITATION What is the role of facilitation in group meetings? In team building? How should the facilitator prepare? What skills does the facilitator need to have?

GROUP DYNAMICS What is a group? What kinds of groups are there? What is the relationship of the individual to a group? What roles do people play? How are decisions made? What makes a group effective? Ineffective? What kinds of agendas are there? What is the role of minutes? How do groups problem solve?

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS What are the variables when two people communicate? What role does culture play? Perception? Semantics?

INTERVIEWING How do you design questions in a job interview? How do you design questions for a reference? How do you prepare for an interview?

INTRAPERSONAL COMMUNICATION What is self-concept? Self-esteem? Self-disclosure? How do values, perception, language affect your communication ability? What role does non-verbal communication play?

LEADERSHIP What is the relationship of the leader to the group? What are the components of leadership? How does one lead oneself? What type of leader are you? What is the relationship of task orientation to people orientation?

LISTENING What are the components of listening? What is active listening? What are the skills necessary to be a good listener? How can you practice better listening?

PRESENTATION SKILLS How do you prepare for a speaking situation? How can you analyze the situation? How can you organize your materials? When and how should you use audio-visual tools? How do you handle stage fright?

STRATEGIC PLANNING What is the vision of the organization? What is the organization’s mission? What must be done to achieve results? Throughout the strategic planning sessions, participants will be guided through interactive, planning exercises that focus their efforts with the result of maximum participation and consensus.

These topics can be regrouped in a variety of ways. For example, leadership can be part of group dynamics or intrapersonal communication; group dynamics can include listening, effective meetings, facilitation and leadership. Boardsmanship is included, because there is an interest and need for people with some knowledge of serving on a board as a volunteer activity. Such a workshop also illustrates the carry-over of work-related skills to other aspects of a person’s life and vice-versa.

Custom designed workshops are available to address the issues of individual groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Lighting the Way

Comments on the workshop, Leading Effective Meetings for Results

“The information was very comprehensive.”

“I enjoyed learning from other participants’ experiences and helping them to resolve issues.”

“Good role play example/group exercise”

“Materials totally relevant”


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