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How to Unleash the Power of Positive Participation

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in Past Events

3rd Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mediterrano Restaurant This session is for anyone who leads and facilitates meetings (or wants to lead meetings!) Advance your toolkit for facilitating and structuring micro-processes. Liberating structures are intentional processes that surface the knowledge of the room through active engagement in a safe and dynamic manner. Participants will practice a series of liberating structures that are purpose filled with substance and fun. At the end of this event, participants will leave with a valuable toolkit to facilitate a wide range of meetings that include strategic planning, change management, team building, on boarding, leadership development, and much more. Participants will be able to: Practice different techniques for facilitating positive participation in meetings; Select and build a string of micro-processes to facilitate different types of meetings; Design “riffs” to different liberating structures that are customized for specific contexts and needs of the participants; Network in a dynamic fashion to build positive relationships in a structured organic manner; Enjoy lots of fun in learning a powerful facilitation toolkit. Join us Thursday, February 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and let your leadership potential shine! Agenda 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Check in, casual mingling, delicious lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.      ...

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Getting to “No”

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Blog, Past Events

    3rd Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Mediterrano Restaurant Most of us struggle with how to say no. Yet how often does the inability to say ‘no’ rob us of our productivity? How about our well-being? In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll explore strategies, scripts, and tips for saying no clearly and kindly. Come prepared to share, learn, strategize, and practice! You’ll walk out looking forward to your first opportunity to say no – honestly, skillfully, and without guilt. Get clear on: what makes it hard for YOU to say no the price you pay for not saying no when you want to the tremendous gains available when you master this skill Determine how you’ll know whether to say yes or no. Create/select stock phrases so you’ll be prepared when you feel on the spot. Gain confidence and skill by practicing with other participants. Join us Thursday, March 15th, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and come away knowing how to say NO! Agenda 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Check in, casual mingling, delicious appetizers 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.          Interactive Workshop 6:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.         Wrap-up and close Cost $25.00 per adult if you register by March 11th $30.00 per adult if you...

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Extreme Brand Makeover

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog, Past Events

  3rd Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Mediterrano Restaurant Want to strengthen or revitalize your personal brand? Attend this interactive workshop to learn how real women can enhance their online personal brand. Work together with other participants in small groups led by a member of Hoyden Creative Group and walk away with tips you can apply to enhance your own personal brand. Real-time activities may include revised content, headshots, joining groups of interest, making new connections, posting articles, and more. The workshop will conclude with each working group exchanging cards to build their own personal networks and watching the big reveal of the “Extreme Personal Brand Makeover”. Join us Thursday, April 19th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and leave with a plan for your own Personal Brand Makeover! Agenda 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Check in, casual mingling, delicious lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.       Interactive Workshop 1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         Wrap-up and close Cost $25.00 per adult if you register by April 15th $30.00 per adult if you register after April 15th (includes delicious lunch!) Location Mediterrano Restaurant 2900 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Meet your Facilitator: Sarah Stanley, Hoyden Creative Sarah’s diverse marketing and communications background includes working with government,...

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It’s Not Me, It’s You – Changing Defensive Communication™ 0

It’s Not Me, It’s You – Changing Defensive Communication™

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Blog, Events, Featured

  3rd Thursday, May 17, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mediterrano Restaurant We all know defensiveness when someone acts defensive towards us – and when we are defensive with others. It can be hard to see past defensiveness and know how to navigate it. Come learn all about defensive communication – why we do it, what we can do instead, and how to move ourselves and others beyond a defensive communication climate. Join us Thursday, May 17th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and leave prepared for more positive communication! Agenda 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Check in, casual mingling, delicious lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.      Interactive Workshop 1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         Wrap-up and close Cost $25.00 per adult if you register by May 13th $30.00 per adult if you register after May 13th (includes delicious lunch!) Location Mediterrano Restaurant 2900 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104   Meet your Facilitator: Sarah Brabbs Sarah Brabbs, M.A. author of “So People Say You’re an Asshole: A Book for You, People Who Love You, and People Who Work with You” spends her time training, speaking, and inspiring people to proactively improve their communication skills, experience immediate impactful change, and enjoy deeper, more meaningful and productive relationships both at...

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Catching Up with WXW Co-Founder Carrie Hensel

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blog

On the 10th anniversary of Women’s Exchange Washtenaw, we thought it’d be fun to interview Carrie Hensel, Queen Bee at Color Hive Creative and one of the original co-founders of WXW, to find out her initial inspiration for starting this organization, what she has gained from WXW over the years, and what her hopes are for WXW moving into its second decade. What was your inspiration for starting WXW? Debra Power and I were eating lunch together one day, talking about business, and asking each other questions like, “What do you do when this particularly tricky situation arises?” We both said in unison, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could rely on a larger group of business women to ask and answer questions about business, careers, and life? Just imagine what we might learn.” Right there on the spot, we decided to form a steering committee of professionals who might see value in a new type of networking and educational organization for women. At our first meeting, the women on the steering committee decided that we should host an event, which we called a forum, where we could “talk it out” on a wide range of topics like communication, hiring and retention, marketing, sales, leadership, finding strength in...

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