Quinte and District : ABM Topic: What’s humour got to do with it? Taking your Training and Facilitation Skills to the Next Level

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Starts:05/10/2022 5:30 PM

Ends:05/10/2022 7:00 PM

Registration Closes:05/09/2022 8:00 AM

Event Type: Annual Business Meeting

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These days everybody’s busy just keeping up with all of the changes that are happening. There has been a lot of information to get out and the “regular” (as in regulated) training still needs to be done. Policies and procedures change. Employees need to learn about them, remember what they learned, and implement what they learned. It was challenging enough before the “you-know-what”, and now, it has become even more intense.  And as for meetings, aren’t we always looking for ways to make those go better, especially now?

So, what if you could make your training and meetings better? What if you could make them more interesting and more engaging? What if you could take conflict-laden, tough conversations and smooth them out to get to that “win-win” quicker? What if you heard someone say one day “that HR person is funny, and I mean that in a nice way.” As Human Resources Professionals, we’re fighting the kinds of fires that aren’t necessarily dramatized on popular TV shows. And just like real fires, being as proactive as possible can make the fires smaller and more infrequent, and take our training sessions, meetings, and our more challenging or delicate workplace conversations to the next level of productivity.

Human Resources Professionals’ budgets, time, and energy are stretched more than ever. You may be wondering how to manage all of that, AND, run those meetings, facilitate training sessions, and have those tough conversations. Maybe you’re ready to take your already fantastic training & facilitation skills up a notch or two, or simply try something new. In this presentation, with her trademark humour, Kathryn Reichheld will share with you stories and examples from her life as a Safety Professional and facilitator/ trainer to not only engage you, but also to show you how to use humour to increase engagement in training sessions, facilitate a meeting more effectively (and in an engaging way), and provide you with some tools and strategies to add to your training, facilitation, and challenging- conversations tool-box.  You’ll be able to begin implementing these strategies right away because they can be used just as effectively online as in-person to improve the facilitation of training and meetings, and tough conversations in your workplace.


5:30 PM  Welcome & Introductions

5:35 PM  Annual Business Meeting

5:55 PM  Member Recognition

6:00 PM Guest Speaker

7:00 PM Adjournment

Registration Closes  May 19, 2022 8:00 AM

Registration Difficulties or Questions? Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator, Rebecca Lauzon at rlauzon@hrpa.ca

 Participants will be able to:

  • Increase attendee engagement and transference of learning in training sessions among employees
  • Facilitate workplace meetings more effectively in order to build positive working relationships
  • Understand how to defuse unproductive or aggressive conflicts in the workplace

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Speaker bio(s)
Kathryn Reichheld, CHRP, CHRL

Kathryn has a way with words. Life is a lot funnier the way Kathryn talks and writes about it, and so are specific topics like learning and development, workplace culture (which is really just culture), and team building and team engagement. An experienced trainer and facilitator, Kathryn has over 3000 hours of experience training and teaching people (no dogs or horses, but sometimes cats) going all the way back to assisting with teaching kids how to sew when she was a teenager. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Red Cross Certified First Aid Instructor, and is committed to ongoing personal and professional development. In fact, Kathryn is nearly obsessed with learning more about leadership & communication and sharing that knowledge and experience with others via presentations and workshops. She also is passionate about clear verbal and written communication and is a dedicated member of Toastmasters having achieved the award of “Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)” in 2020. Kathryn is also a “pretty good” salsa dancer with aspirations of one day being on “Dancing with the Stars”, but not “Battle of the Blades” because that looks way too hard for her since she can only skate in circles in one direction.