Workshops

Workshops to Inspire you to Growth and Success

Appreciative Coaching and Training offers practical, inspiring training using the Appreciative Inquiry approach. We’ll help you build on your strengths to create growth with positive change.

All our workshops are available as half-day, full-day and two-day sessions. If a program you’re looking for is not shown here, get in touch – we can probably help.

Strategic Planning

strategic-planning“If you don’t know where you are going – any road will do.” ~ Lewis Carroll

Without a plan, your business, organization or not-for-profit risks drifting aimlessly or even heading in the wrong direction.

Learn how to create sustainable, positive change in an engaging, invigorating way. Together, we will:

  • identify your best practices, achievements and successes
  • pinpoint your strengths and opportunities
  • foster a creative, positive approach to planning
  • discover shared values and a strong vision
  • increase motivation and engagement in your people
  • pull together practical strategies for making your plan a reality
  • produce a feasible, workable strategic plan that everyone can get behind

In this workshop, you’ll build a solid strategic plan that sets out where you want to go and gives you the map to get there.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Ready, Set… GROW

ready-set-growAre you ready to take your business up a notch? This workshop will help you shift from start-up mode to growth mode. Using practical tools, knowledge and guidance, we’ll show you how to:

  • make your business more stable, sustainable and ready to leap ahead
  • define growth on your terms
  • assess where your business is right now
  • determine who your customers are and how they buy
  • identify opportunities
  • plan and manage growth effectively and efficiently
  • focus on driving four main areas: Market, People, Operations, and Finance
  • create and implement a customized strategy and action plan

In this workshop, you’ll learn to use the tools you need to help your business flourish and grow.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Pitch Perfect

pitch perfectDo your knees quake at the thought of pitching an idea to potential funders or making a presentation to your colleagues? Learn how to speak with confidence and get your message across in an engaging way. In this practical, hands-on workshop, you’ll learn to:

  • evaluate your audience’s needs
  • create compelling slides and other visual aids
  • use body language effectively
  • explore the art of storytelling
  • transform yourself into a confident speaker
  • inspire with your words

Being an entrepreneur takes guts and determination. We’ll help you put your best foot forward to persuade clients and win deals.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Networking for Novices

NetworkingWhether you’re a networking pro or someone who gets hives just thinking about it, this high-impact workshop is for you. The aim is for you to leave the session more relaxed and confident, and you’ll take away a set of tools and techniques to help you network consistently. You’ll learn:

  • the value of networking and who you know – to create customers, strategic partners or like-minded entrepreneurs
  • selecting events to attend
  • why you should choose quality over quantity
  • how to tell your story in a memorable way
  • how to work a room in a way that’s comfortable for you
  • how business information can help you achieve your goals
  • the value of win-win relationships: networking is about giving back, too
  • how to create ambassadors for your business
  • what to do after the event

Discover how networking can enhance your business, and learn how to network effectively with ease and confidence.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Team Building

team-building-rimini2Through teamwork, ordinary people achieve extraordinary results. You’ll experience team building with a difference using Appreciative Inquiry approaches that are positive and sustainable. We will:

  • empower and inspire your team to greater performance
  • discover everyone’s strengths and how to use those strengths positively to propel projects forward
  • keep things simple and share creative ideas
  • focus on what is working well, and look at how to build on that success
  • prepare to see fast results after the Appreciative Inquiry process

Team building makes everyone stronger, and a strong team makes a strong organization. Your “fun day out” will be time and money well spent.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Get it Done with 20/20

business_transformationAre you working harder and achieving less? In this workshop, the emphasis is on learning how to get unstuck, break the procrastination habit, and finish projects. Using hands-on experience, practical advice and tools, you will:

  • reflect on your habits and learn to forgive yourself
  • find your strengths and inner motivation
  • learn how to set priorities
  • get past feeling overwhelmed
  • find a clear path to beating procrastination
  • understand and implement the 20/20 challenge
  • celebrate your successes

We’ll show you how to develop positive habits, transform your productivity, and enjoy life more.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Branding Your Business

Branding-croppedDo your customers know and trust your brand? Does your small business even have a brand? Learn how a strong brand for you and your business can increase customer loyalty and boost your earnings. In this workshop, you’ll explore:

  • the relationship between your reputation and your brand
  • common branding mistakes made by small businesses
  • the importance of an “eye-catching” logo
  • business cards and brochures – what you need to know
  • what to wear and when (yes, it matters!)
  • the impact of a poor review and what to do about it

Your brand is your promise to your customer. Come and learn how to define that promise and frame it for success.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Who’s Driving Your Bus?

get-on-board-cropped1This action-planning workshop will shift your thinking, leave you inspired and drive you to take action. Together we’ll clarify your goal, visualize your destination, and give you the tools to move forward. You’ll learn how to:

  • determine your route
  • develop basic leadership skills for you, the bus driver
  • gather a team to help you move your project forward
  • assign activities and timelines
  • identify milestones to track your journey
  • arrive at your destination and celebrate your success!

Start your engines! In this workshop, you’ll find out how to get your project on the road and headed for its successful completion.

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Engaging your Employees

mergerYour most important asset is your people. Appreciative Inquiry is a powerful approach to organizational change, fostering a committed and motivated workforce. In this workshop, we’ll work with you and your people to:

  • encourage initiative: to look beyond being just a “satisfied” employee
  • build confidence: to take pride in their contribution to the organization
  • recognize talent: to identify and value what each person contributes develop trust that goes both ways: to be willing to take the next step and fully believe in the company
  • develop enthusiasm: to wake up every day with excitement for work
  • enhance the work environment: to identify needs, rewards, and shared values that will make your employees boast about their workplace
  • strengthen your business: to make changes that achieve a strong positive effect on your business

Your people are your biggest expense and your biggest asset. Invest in them strategically to strengthen your business or organization. “If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple.” – Richard Branson

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

Tight budgetHave you set up a business or social enterprise, or are you thinking about setting one up? Effective marketing is a vital part of your success, even if your budget is tight. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • the basics of marketing
  • understanding your customer’s purchasing habits
  • how to connect and establish a relationship with your customers
  • how to create exciting campaigns without spending a fortune
  • pros and cons of social media – is it for you?
  • tips and advice on low-cost marketing
  • the importance of marketing little and often
  • creative ways to remain visible
  • ways to stand out as a distinctive brand
  • ways to position yourself as the leader in your industry
  • how to get customers recommending your products and services to their friends and family

Sales-and-Marketing-Message-WorkshopMarketing can feel like choosing one item from the Wish List Catalogue. Come and learn how to strategically invest your marketing dollars to give you the biggest bang for your buck!

Every workshop is designed to engage you and your people, to build practical skills and confidence, and to give you a sense of direction and purpose that’s right for you. For more information or to book a workshop, contact us today.

Our Facilitator

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Helen Abel inspires people to embrace growth and change. Her workshops reflect her years of training and expertise in business development, adult learning, and Appreciative Inquiry.

A skilled and engaging facilitator, Helen is also an experienced business counsellor who for many years has helped entrepreneurs and their businesses to grow and succeed.

Originally from Wales, Helen lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Ms. Abel’s presentation style is informal, engaging, and educational. The content is immediately useable for the participants, filled with many practical takeaways. Feedback we received was 100% positive.