We will customize any program to meet your organization’s key communication objectives. Audiences have ranged in size from five to 550, and all programs are highly experiential and immediately applicable. For example, in the past we have designed and delivered programs including:
Your Solution Story Matters: Shifting from Problem to Possibility
Inviting Audiences to Be a Part of Your Solution: Connecticut Health Foundation’s Leadership Fellows are constantly searching for powerful ways to amplify the impact of their work toward equitable health access. They engage with a wide range of stakeholders–government officials, lobbyists, community providers and practitioners, local religious groups, and recipients of services and coverage. Thaler Pekar & Partners delivered an intensive program on solutions-based messaging to the Fellows. This proven method of communication requires a profound shift away from the typical focus on problems. We provided the group with specific tools for avoiding the “problem trap” so as to energize and inspire audiences as co-deliverers of meaningful solutions. Participants were further supported with coaching in how to best vocally and physically deliver such messages, and with webinars focused on sustaining a solutions-based approach to communication.
Aspects of this highly interactive program included:
- Exploration of invitational versus non-invitational communication
- How to humanize communication and foster increased and sustained understanding, engagement, and trust
- The role of solutions in creating understanding, conquering complexity, and inviting engagement
- Exploration of how solutions-based messaging intersects with the larger goals of the organization
- The essential elements of solutions-based messages
- How to find and share solution stories
- How to apply all of this to each individual’s actual work.
How to Be a Great Moderator
How many panels fail to engage the audience? What is the role of the moderator in facilitating a compelling panel discussion?
Thaler Pekar & Partners delivered a half-day program for members of Philanthropy New York on how to successfully moderate a panel. During the fun and interactive session, participants discovered how moderating a panel is like hosting a dinner party: the moderator is the host, and the panelists and the audience are the guests. And no cooking and clean up required!
The program explored:
- How to best prepare your panelists and plan for your role as moderator
- How to joyfully welcome your panelists – and your audience
- The art of sincere and meaningful introductions
- Encouraging all of your panelists to speak, and enabling all of them to be heard
- The importance of summarization and reflection at the close of the panel.
How to Present and Meet Using Video
Thaler Pekar & Partners recently delivered a dual-location program in effective team video presentations for Wellspring Advisors. The session was interactive and lighthearted while pursuing the serious business of maintaining executive presence across a virtual system. Participants considered intra-group dynamics as both tele-presenters and meeting facilitators, with a focus on developing genuine rapport and collaboration between two different office spaces, and dealing with technical and interpersonal curveballs. Thaler and Jay simultaneously facilitated, with Jay in Wellspring’s NYC location, and Thaler in the organization’s DC office. As a result, participants committed to specific new behaviors and ground-rules, which were compiled and clarified in a post-program guide.