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Lunchtime Learning Sessions



  • Listen to Lead: Finding Balance in Conversation | August 10, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Amie Haar
    We experience situations every day that ask the question, “Is now the time to boldly lead by speaking, or by listening?” Do I take control of the conversation, or do I let the ideas grow and information be collected for a while longer? Should I answer questions I already know the answers to for efficiency, or should I allow others to come to the answer on their own? Do I step in and grab the mic, or do I pass it to someone else? Every conversation we have, whether it is in front of an audience, a small group, or even one-on-one, is the opportunity to make these choices over and over again. This session will help you choose your response in those moments, so you can effectively drive the way others respond to you.

    Leveraging Strengths to Increase Employee Engagement | August 24, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Lorinda Schrammel
    In organizations, employee engagement rises dramatically when given the opportunity to do what employees do best. How do we as employees begin to know and deploy our strengths, and how as leaders do we leverage the strengths of those whom we supervise? This 50-minute session focuses on the value of identifying what we each do best, identifying talents in others and directing work towards these strengths.

    Embracing Emotional Agility: Welcome Change and Thrive in Life and Work | September 7, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Anna Irwin
    The path to personal and professional fulfillment is rarely straight. Ask anyone who has achieved big goals or strong relationships and you’ll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who master these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is agility—emotional agility. Emotional agility is a science-based approach that allows us to navigate life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. In this interactive session, Anna Irwin shares four key concepts that encourage us to acknowledge uncomfortable experiences while simultaneously detaching from them, thereby allowing us to embrace our core values and adjust our actions so they can move us where we truly want to go.

    Body Language Basics: Sending Signals with Your Presence | September 21, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Anna Irwin
    Eye contact. Posture. Fidgeting. Close talking. These simple gestures can make all the difference in gaining a person's trust and building rapport, leading to better communication. Knowledge of body language signals can greatly help people in many areas such as leadership skills, customer services, sales skills and so on. There is a huge power in that which allows you to improve your relationships with others, whether at work or in your personal life, and this session will help you better understand the messages your body language is sending, while also giving you clues into how to read the body language of others.

    Storm Chasing: Capturing Big Ideas Through Brainstorming | October 12, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Cara Adney
    Storms don’t just pop up. The elements have to be just right to create these atmospheric weather conditions. It’s the same with big ideas. They don’t just happen, but when the right people and processes come together to brainstorm a project or a problem, the results can put an end to your team’s creative drought. Brainstorming is both an art and a science. There’s more to this creative thinking process than simply throwing out ideas for consideration. In this interactive session, you’ll explore what brainstorming is and what it’s not, why there are added benefits of bringing others together, how to create an environment that fosters creative ideas, and tips to facilitate a session that gets great results. In addition to learning how to make a brainstorming session effective for your team, you will also discover practical and creative ways to challenge yourself to think creatively when you’re working solo.

    What the Most Successful People Do at Work | October 27, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Bonnie Cain-Wood
    For many of us, the typical workday makes us feel like hamsters on a proverbial wheel. Plagued by crises and distractions, we work hard all day, but when we go home we’re not much closer to reaching our goals. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. In her book by the same name, author Laura Vanderkam shows how successful people employ certain daily practices to make sure their work hours are invested, not squandered. This eye-opening session will provide strategies on how to take control of your career by taking control of your workday, and subsequently make a positive impact on every other aspect of your life in the process.

    Drawing Lines: Creating Healthy Boundaries for Success | November 9, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Amie Haar
    Does your life feel like it’s occasionally spinning out of control? Learning when to say yes and how to say no are critical in regaining your control and sanity. This session will help you discern what the ‘right things’ in your life are, and how you can respectfully decline professional and personal opportunities that aren’t the best fit for you. Facilitator Amie Haar will also explore how to respect and support the boundaries held by others, and manage your relationships with boundary-breakers, so you can live a smarter, more satisfying life.

    Retreat and Focus: Using Time Together to Create the Work Culture Your Team Is Looking For | December 14, 11:30am to 1pm
    Presenter: Marcy Luter
    Your life, and the lives of your colleagues, have likely been turned inside out over the last 18 months. And as you look forward to what your team needs to accomplish in the next calendar year, maybe now is the right time to retreat and refocus. Company retreats are great for getting everyone away from the office and outside of their comfort zone. The result is often renewed energy and a revived sense of community among team members that can result in a positive shift in your company’s culture and a renewed excitement in working together to accomplish your team’s daily duties. When done right, this time together can encourage everyone to step out of the details and focus on the big-picture elements that contribute to the company’s success. What does this look like for your team? Explore essential aspects of retreat planning and how to plan one that fits your team's culture and budget.

  • These sessions will be hosted at Meridian Technology Center, and lunch is included in your registration fee.

    If you discover that you will not be able to attend the event(s) you register for, please notify Marcy Luter at 405-377-3333 or marcyl@meridiantech.edu no later than three business days before the program to receive a full refund on your registration fee. If the notification is within three days of the program, we offer you the option to send someone in your place.

    If paying with credit card, please call Bursar office at 405-377-3333 ext. 322.
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