More Custom Offers

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.

Interested in customizing a program for your organization or team? Please contact us.

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

October 4 & 5, 2019
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, Communications Network, Austin

September 17-19, 2019
Waggl Harvest: Voices at Work Leader Retreat, St. Helena, CA

June 25-27, 2019
WBENC National Conference, Houston

June 4, 11 & 18, 2019
Listen Better, Hear More: An Interactive & Online Offering

May 22, 2019
Private Client, Washington, DC

May 7, 2019
CTAM Communications Strategies Course

April 11, 2019
Storytelling and Social Change, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

April 9, 2019
Presence & Engagement program, Anomaly, NYC

March 20, 2019
Starion Bank, North Dakota

March 19, 2019
North Dakota Council on the Arts

March 11-15, 2019
WBENC National Summit & Salute, Houston

February 21, 2019
Public Engagement for Academics: The Use and Abuse of Story, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 5-8, 2019
FRANK conference, FL

December 14, 2018
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, NYC

December 9 & 10, 2018
Private Client, Phoenix

December 7, 2018
United Nations Population Fund, NYC

November 15, 2018
NationSwell Summit on Solutions, NYC

October 30, 2018
Listen Better, Hear More, free Waggl webinar

October 24 & 25, 2018
Behavioral Summit, NYC

October 18-21, 2018
National Harm Reduction Conference panelist, New Orleans

October 10-12, 2018
Communications Network, San Francisco

September 25-27, 2018
Participatory Narrative Program, San Diego

September 12 & 13, 2018
Building Narrative Power for Racial & Health Equity convening, NYC

June 21 & 22, 2018
Inspirefest keynote, Dublin

June 11, 2018
Biodiversity Funders Group, Kona, HI

June 7, 2018
Your Solution Story Matters, closing keynote, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations

April 12, 2018
Persuasive Speaking & Storytelling, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 22-25, 2018
Palliative Care Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC

March 20, 2018
Finding, Developing & Sharing Your Success Story, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Baltimore

March 16, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Advanced Study