Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Communication Strategies for Experienced Leaders

Track Leader: Steve Kay

This workshop provides practical ways for those with leadership responsibilities to deal more effectively with both the ordinary and the challenging communication situations commonly associated with the leadership role.

Participants learn a model of communication and a practical framework for analyzing their present communication strategies. Using examples drawn from media and from real-life experience, participants develop understanding of a wider range of communication options available to them, and a clearer understanding of when and how to employ them. This approach increases the likelihood that the communication strategies chosen will translate into good relationships that make present and future communication more likely to be effective.

The workshop aims to equip each participant with a set of individually tailored communication strategies, the use of which will result in continuously improved communication with the individuals and groups whose work they lead.

Who Should Attend?

Experienced practitioners or those having leadership responsibility for an organization or team

What Can I Expect to Learn?

  • How to analyze communication strategies you presently employ and recognize the difficulties those strategies may inadvertently generate.
  • How to identify and understand a wider range of options for effective communication.
  • How to choose among options to achieve better communication outcomes.

Takeaways: A simple model and a set of practical guidelines for more effective communications.

What Past Participants Say:

“Steve’s framework is very clear, very practical.”

“I like the small group, intense discussion, skills application and practice.”

“I found the track sessions extremely helpful for not only helping my community, but improving my organization.”

“I learned a lot of self awareness in my communication.”

Track Limit: 10

Steve Kay is a founding partner in the consulting firm Roberts & Kay, Inc., based in Lexington, Kentucky. He has more than 30 years of experience in group facilitation and in the design and implementation of effective group process. That work includes creating plans and establishing systems to increase group work and organizational effectiveness, analyzing complex, long-term change efforts in organizations and communities, facilitating multi-party groups, and training leaders, managers and coaches in effective communication using the Authentic Partnership model.  Steve’s current and recent clients include Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the University of Kentucky, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), and Kentucky Voices for Health. In 2010 Steve was elected to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council as an at-large member. In 2014 Steve was elected Vice Mayor.

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