Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will offer an online workshop titled “Facilitation: An Essential Leadership Skill,” from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with live, interactive instruction.

Kimerly Hinkelman of Hinkelman & Associates and Kathleen Osta of Vital Clarity will serve as instructors for the workshop, and John Bourke of Bourke Associates, content expert on the ToP Facilitation Methods, will serve as technology assistant.

“The need for leaders to communicate effectively is the most pressing skill-gap identified in an August 2020 Society for Human Resource Management survey,” Osta said. “84 percent of respondents say poorly trained ‘people managers’ create unnecessary work and stress. Employing communication skills that convey a foundational regard for others distinguishes respected and successful leaders from those who are not.”

This highly interactive, one-day online workshop focuses on facilitation skills as a key component for developing an effective leadership style.

Participants should learn leadership skills for facilitating a focused conversation that invites and honors all perspectives; and experience a consensus-building brainstorm approach that elicits and organizes a diverse range of ideas in a way that reveals areas of alignment.

Interactive aspects of the workshop include method demonstrations and practice in breakout groups, and participants will also gain a solid introduction to practical facilitation skills.

The registration fee for the course is $149, and SHRM credits are available at the completion of the workshop. 

For more information and to register, visit pdp.wcu.edu and click on “For-profit and Nonprofit Professional Development Workshops.”

WCU’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment, as part of the Division of Educational Outreach, provides opportunities for individuals to further their careers through education and training.