Monthly workshop features coaching on leadership communications

Participants in this month’s Workshop Wednesday, entitled Talk Like a Leader, learned that strong leadership and effective communication go hand-in-hand, and received tips on incorporating constructive phrases, positive body language, and effective vocal quality into daily interactions.workshopwed 0716

Presented by Corinne Chalmers, owner and leadership coach at Deliberate Changes, the workshop also gave insight into fundamental strategies for what works and what doesn’t when influencing others.

“Leadership is all about influencing a group toward a common goal,” Chalmers said. “There is very little distinction between strong leadership skills and strong communication skills.”

The group of about 50 attendees learned to drop key phrases that harm credibility and adopt new ones that create positive influence and encourage mutual respect in a conversation.

“It’s important to be assertive in a way that doesn’t damage relationships,” Chalmers said. “There is no greater way to convey respect than to say, ‘I’m interested in you, and I’m interested in what you have to say.’”

Chalmers went on to explain that adopting new habits of interaction and using key phrases such as, “Help me understand…” or “I’d like to hear your perspective” will enable a leader to establish a positive and collaborative group dynamic to achieve desired outcomes.

“It doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but these phrases are like magic,” Chalmers said.

The presentation wrapped up with an opportunity for the group to practice the new techniques while meeting and networking with other participants.

HISD’s Business Assistance Supplier Diversity department hosts Workshop Wednesday on the first Wednesday of each month. Topics vary and are targeted to provide relevant information and assistance to minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) interested in doing business with the district.

For more information on upcoming workshops and networking opportunities, contact the Business Assistance Supplier Diversity office at 713-556-7273.