• Virtual Conference
  • 10.5.20 - 10.7.20

2020 Pre-Conference Workshops

2020 Pre-Conference Workshops

RATES: Additional fees and registration apply. Seating is limited. See Rates


I Am Honest! (And Kind.) The Fine Art of Communicating with Tact, Professionalism, and Diplomacy

Sunday, October 4 | 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Julie Burch

Honesty sounds good, doesn’t it? We have all been taught that honesty is the best policy. But is it? Does that work in the real world? Can you be honest and tactful, professional, and diplomatic all at the same time? Absolutely! What is tactful communication? What does it look like and what does it sound like? What does it mean to maintain professionalism? How do we practice diplomacy in the most difficult and dicey situations? How can I be honest and achieve results? In this dynamic, high energy, and highly interactive session the audience will get Answers to these questions and so much more! Julie will entertain them and Educate them! They will leave with solid, real world techniques they can apply Immediately to improve their results in those difficult and dicey situations. Never be left speechless again!

Learning Objectives:

  • Accurately define tact, professionalism, and diplomacy in communication and apply it immediately to your own conversations
  • Understand the importance of perception and your “credibility suit of armor” with three key avenues of communication
  • Master the skills to communicate tactfully with anyone, even in the most difficult situations


Trial (and Error): HR Lessons from the Courtroom

Sunday, October 4 | 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Dustin Paschal and Paul Simon

Often, human resources professionals have to take a course of action or stop a course of action based on what they think is best without truly knowing the effects of their decisions. In addition, you often make decisions based solely on what a law says, or you use interpretations or guidance received rather than stopping to think how juries and judges are actually enforcing the laws.

Dustin and Simon, two employment lawyers will discuss their employment law trials, share war stories and relevant case studies on how the HR professional and the HR professionals’ decisions affected the trials and their outcomes. They will discuss the facts of the case, timelines, share what occurred during the trial, tell you how the judge or jury decided, and what HR did that affected the trial, and what HR could have done to assist in the trial.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how decisions affect liability (or lack thereof) for your employer
  • See how courts apply various laws applicable to the workplace and what factors are taken into consideration
  • Learn to take steps to minimize your employers risk of employment related lawsuits


Your Candidate Experience is All FCDD-up. Fix it!

Sunday, October 4 | 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Ira Wolfe

Billions of dollars and countless resources have been spent on improving the candidate experience. With candidate resentment increasing 40% over the last 4 years, something isn’t working.

The reason is that the typical candidate journey is riddled with Frustration, Confusion, Disappointment, and Distraction (or FCDD.) These emotions enrage qualified job seekers every single day, causing them to swipe left due to outrageously bad candidate experience.

For any business expecting to grow through the acquisition and retention of top talent, this is unacceptable. Our world is changing. New technologies are emerging. Jobs are transforming. Top talent has choices. Your race-for-talent clock is ticking. During this half-day workshop, Recruiting in the Age of Googlization author Ira S Wolfe, introduces you to the modern job candidate’s decision-making process, the importance of removing the Four Horseman of Bad Candidate Experience™ , and how to start building a candidate experience that engages top talent.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to identify seven decisions the modern job seeker makes
  • Identify the 4 Horsemen of Bad Candidate Experiences™ and the antidote
  • Gain tips and strategies to avoid the top 10 biggest recruitment blunders


Craft a Pitch That Will Turn Skeptics into Supporters

Sunday, October 4 | 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM
LeAnne Lagasse and Joy O’Steen

Persuading people is hard work. Whether it’s making a business case to an executive team during a strategic planning meeting, convincing a group of managers to support a new policy recommendation, or delivering a presentation to a large audience, HR professionals need to learn how to craft messages that move others to action if they hope to create a thriving workplace culture. Facilitated by two business communication professors, you will learn the art and science of captivating an audience and leave with practical and actionable strategies for structuring and communicating persuasive messages.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the art and science of analyzing and captivating an audience
  • Structure and communicate persuasive messages that move others to action
  • Grow in confidence as a communicator

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United Concordia Dental
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