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Strengths for Managers

Tim Hodges

Dr. Tim Hodges, Executive Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute and Assistant Professor of Practice in Management

Friday, October 22
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Howard L. Hawks Hall Room 202

While the science of management has advanced in the past few years, the practice of management is largely unchanged from a generation ago. Research finds that managers and team leaders are the single biggest factor in your organization's long-term success. The needs and desires of employees in the workplace have changed and it's our job as managers to be ready to lead well into the future. This session will help you explore your unique strengths as a manager and how to use them most effectively to create a performance-oriented culture of engagement for the teams you lead.

Throughout the program we will help you with:

  • An understanding of Strengths-based development
  • Understanding your own strengths and how to apply them
  • Understanding and appreciating the strengths of your team members
  • Applying a strengths-based approach to leading and managing

Program includes attendees complete 34 CliftonStrengths® assessment.

Program cost is $409 per person ($368 for UNL Faculty & Staff) and includes lunch and parking.

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Registration Deadline Friday, October 15

Communication Bootcamp: Presenting Your Ideas Effectively

Kathy Castle Aaron Duncan

Dr. Kathy Castle, Associate Professor of Practice, Assistant Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Education, Interpersonal and Family Communication

Dr. Aaron Duncan, Associate Professor of Practice, Director of Speech & Debate, Rhetoric & Public Culture

Friday, October 29
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Howard L. Hawks Hall Room 202

Warren Buffett recently stated that being an effective presenter makes an employee 50% more valuable. Whether it’s presenting to a large group, at a meeting, to a client, or to your boss, the ability to effectively present your ideas is crucial to your professional success. Despite its importance, public speaking remains a common fear among professionals across all industries. This one day, hands-on workshop focuses on helping participants learn how to present their ideas effectively by providing concrete strategies for organization and delivery.

Who should attend?
There are no prerequisites – the program is for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively organize and present their ideas or who is looking to improve and generate new ideas for existing presentations. Public speaking is the number one fear of Americans and improving your presentation skills is relevant to anyone from entrepreneurs, managers or CEOs to entry level employees. Learning to effectively communicate your ideas will allow you to grow and excel in any field.

Throughout the program we will help you to:

  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a presenter
  • Employ proven strategies to build your presentational confidence and combat anxiety
  • Understand and apply concepts to organize and frame messages for maximum effectiveness
  • Practice effective non-verbal communication
  • Learn the best ways to give and receive feedback on presenting
  • Practice presenting with limited preparation and notes
  • Develop creative messaging strategies

How will you learn?
This intensive boot camp experience is focused on active learning and hands-on activities. Participants will be provided with ample opportunities for practice and to get constructive feedback on all stages of the process. The workshop will focus on providing strategies to quickly and effectively develop and organize ideas as well as strategies for enhancing participants’ verbal and nonverbal communication competence in presenting ideas.

Program cost is $345 per person ($310 for UNL Faculty & Staff) and includes lunch and parking.

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Certificate Program Class


Unlu, Emre
Paul C. Burmeister College Professor of Economics
Associate Professor of Finance
Executive Director, Center for Executive and Professional Development
HLH 201 H
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405