New year, new goals.
Level up and reach your goals through our monthly live event series. Real professional development, plus networking with a group of like-minded individuals from around the Twin Cities.
Join us for Breakfast Club!
Thu21Jun20188:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Building a Culture of Happ(i)ness
What would happen if you and your team got really good at creating happiness at work? We all want to be happy and we spend a lot of time thinking about being happy (or sad), but very few of us actively pursue happiness everyday…and this is especially true while we are working hard at the office.
Marc Miller (Chief Happ(i)ness Officer at Imagine IT) will join us to talk about Happ(i)ness…and the importance of seeking it and building it within our offices.
Thu16Aug20188:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Join us for our August Breakfast Club event where Adam Wallschlaeger of ActionCOACH MN will be sharing how to transform your team with his 5 keys to conquer team dysfunction.
Thu20Sep20188:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Join us as we hear from Alissa Henriksen from Grey Search + Strategy about recruiting and on-boarding new employees.
Thu18Oct20188:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
The Truth About Scandal: The Everyday Guide to Navigating Business Crisis
Melissa DeLay shares her insight on how to navigate business crisis situations.
Thu15Nov20188:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Little Changes in Your Habits Create a Healthier You
Holidays can be stressful so let’s uncover tips on how to “Thrive, not Just Survive the Holiday Season”. We will discuss what you want, why you want it and set expectations. Terri will share tips on a healthy eating pattern, making exercise a part of the fun and healthy cooking tips
Thu17Jan20198:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Conscious Napping for Less Stress and Better Productivity
Join us as we hear from Roberta Fernandez on how you can use conscious napping for less stress and better productivity in your day.
Thu21Feb20198:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
What if you could be injected with a confidence serum so you could conquer all aspects of your work like a super hero? You’d walk bravely into intimidating meetings. You’d confidently speak with persuasive, calm authority. You’d answer questions and respond with self-assurance. Others would see you as a leader they could trust. They would come to you for answers and follow you willingly.
Well, it’s not as easy as an injection, but this kind of confidence is possible to achieve. Find out what it takes to own the space at the front of the room like a pro. You’ve got what you need to lead at the front of the room with CONFIDENCE!
- Manage speaking anxiety with 20 Confidence Boosters
- Adopt a powerful new perspective to support authenticity
- Get answers to the most asked questions and tackle the technical
Thu21Mar20198:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Shifting fiduciary responsibilities and changes in retirement requirements are making many companies question whether their retirement plans are comprehensive enough. In this enlightening presentation, Troy Johnson gives us an update on trends in retirement, and more specifically, 401(k)s, how you can build the right kind of retirement plans for your employees, and how to protect your company from additional liability in a changing market.
- Understand how fiduciary responsibilities have changed and what that means for you
- Identify any important updates that are needed for your 401(k) program
- Key considerations for ensuring participant success in your 401(k) program
After graduating from the University of St. Thomas, Troy Johnson has spent the last 21 years working in the financial services industry. Troy has spent the last 17 years with Mutual of America. Troy oversees Mutual of America’s operations in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. His team provides retirement plan services to Plan Sponsors and their participants throughout the Upper Midwest. Mutual of America is a leading provider of retirement plan services throughout the United States.
Thu18Apr20198:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Successful leaders surround themselves with talented individuals that complement their own talents and strengths. From the employee perspective, Marci encourages you to discover your gifts and use them in the workplace and outside by creating opportunities for yourself. From the employer perspective, Marci shares tips on how to discover and develop your employees’ talents to use them in the workplace and maximize their potential. Marci shares about her personal journey of discovering her gifts and how she helped her employees discover their talents to become the best they could be.
How to use tools to get to know yourself better and identify your talents.
Ideas on how to maximize your talents so you can be the best leader you can be.
How to discover your employees’ talents and strategies to help them maximize their own talents.
How to maximize your entire team’s talents and see the positive impact on your bottom line.
You will walk away inspired and ready to use your talents in your workplace and in your community!
Thu16May20198:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
In this session designed for leaders, the audience gains insight into the secret sauce that can propel them forward. They will learn how language, body movements, and micro-expressions influence others and either build up or damage their business or career. The right mindset and skill set are what connects them with stakeholders, prospects, or colleagues in a way that is professional but approachable, credible but relatable, and confident but not arrogant. They leave knowing exactly how to use body language, power dynamics, and savvy speaking to move into higher levels of success.
Our speaker is Maria Johnson, founder of Speaking Mastery and award-winning corporate trainer for Fortune 500 companies.
Thu20Jun20198:15 amMidwest ENERGY Association Training Center
Cybercriminals are different today. They have evolved and are very well-funded, organized and effective. Because of this, it is vital that we change the way that we think about protecting ourselves and our businesses. Out-dated thinking and old methodologies will not keep this enemy out of our lives or our businesses!
- Learn how today’s Hacker has evolved
- Learn about the Dark Web and why this is important to understand
- Learn the new methodology to protect against cyber threats
- Learn the 5 most common Threat Vectors used by cyber organizations to attack modern business systems
- And much more
Our Speaker, Marc Miller,
is one of three owners and Chief Happiness Officer at Imagine IT. Imagine IT been with cybersecurity and has been charged with protecting Minnesota businesses since 1996.
One of Marc’s primary roles at Imagine IT is getting out in the community and teaching business people about the cyber entity that is responsible for billions of dollars of loss each year. Marc has served on several advisory boards at Microsoft and Intel. He and his team are in the trenches everyday fighting this relentless and well-funded enemy.
Marc has been married to his lovely wife Anne for over 33 years. Their son, Hunter, works at 3M. In Marc’s spare time he runs a nonprofit called the Gunnar Project where he teaches young adults about Happ(i)ness.
Tired of being told that you need to be active on social media, and not seeing results? Or maybe you just don’t even know where to start? We’ve been there!
Most companies enter into the world of social media without a true strategy – which makes it incredibly challenging to get results. With a few changes to your approach, you could be seeing infinitely better results – and feel much less stressed about getting content out to your audience.
In this session, we’ll cover:
- Choosing the right social networks for your business (and your target audience)
- Creating a content strategy that fits your goals, and targets conversions
- Building an editorial calendar that engages your target customer, and is simple to manage
- Choosing the right kind of “behind-the-scenes” content that builds a real relationship with customers and prospects, online
- Creating an in-house process for managing your social channels and engaging with followers
This session is best for:
- Business owners looking to scale and/or get more out of their marketing budget
- Marketing professionals looking to hone their company’s message and/or create stronger buy-in for a better social media strategy
- Sales professionals looking for additional measures to nurture prospects in the pipeline
Presented by Cortney Galster, President of amplify marketing
**PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH:
2051 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington MN 55425
Thu19Sep20198:15 amImagineIT, Bloomington
Consumer experiences have changed drastically in the last 20 years, but employee experiences have stagnated. Where consumers get personalized, highly targeted messages and experiences built to delight, employees still get mass emails, outdated processes, and less-than-stellar feedback channels. In this talk, marketing and HR expert Rosalynn Verges will share how organizations are borrowing tactics from the world’s most effective marketers and how you can leverage marketing principles to attract top talent.
Rosalynn Verges, Fabric Founder & CEO
Rosalynn Verges is Founder and CEO of Fabric, a Minneapolis-based business obsessed with company culture and employee experience. Rosalynn’s 10-plus years as a certified Professional in Human Resources, masters-level training from the University of South Dakota in organizational development, and marketing expertise, have given her valuable insight on what it takes to strategically create great places to work. She has helped Fortune 500 companies, as well as privately held SMB’s, clarify how they communicate their culture in order to attract, retain and engage both clients and employees.
Thu17Oct20198:15 amImagineIT, Bloomington
The numbers are in, and research is finally confirming what we’ve known all along: Your sleep is incredibly important to our well being.
Our sleep impacts every aspect of our lives- our health, motivation, judgment, memory and productivity. In this 1-hour fun, fascinating class you will learn all about sleep and what to do- or not do- to ensure your sleep is positively impacting your work and daily lives. Key takeaways include learning about quality -vs- quantity of sleep, everyday negative influencers on our sleep, and education on sleep disorders.
Sarah Moe, RPSGT, started her career in sleep medicine in 2006, and is the founder of Sleep Health Specialists, which provides sleep health education to local businesses and corporations. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Polysomnography (Sleep) Program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Sarah sits on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Sleep Society, and also volunteers on the Educational Products Committee for the American Association of Sleep Technologists.
Thu21Nov20198:15 amImagineIT, Bloomington
Although we’re inching closer to the cultural tipping point of equality and respect for all in the American workplace, it can still feel difficult for professionals to feel heard, be taken seriously, manage critical relationships, or have the courage to address inappropriate comments at their expense.
That’s why you need to learn and practice specific power phrases to help manage any difficult conversations at work, and still preserve your reputation.
● The theory of power phrases and how they help amplify your voice while staying true to who you are.
● Common biased scenarios and the power phrases you can use to change topic with ease and power.
● How to redirect awkward conversations with colleagues.
● How to say what you want and maintain a respected position of power.
● Q&A session on real life challenges from attendees.
Melissa DeLay is the award-winning founder and principal owner of TruPerception. With nearly two decades of strategic and corporate communication experience–including consulting for entities such as Ameriprise Financial and the state of Minnesota, as well as holding senior positions with 3M, Carlson Companies, Maytag, and AmeriPride–she knows how to deliver the right words in the right way to drive change, manage crises, boost engagement, and build a stronger brand. Her first book, The Truth About Scandal: The Everyday Guide to Navigating Business Crises, details her years of firsthand experience coaching and consulting professionals through some of the toughest communications issues facing modern leaders today.
Thu16Jan20208:15 amImagineIT, Bloomington
Over the last one hundred years, thousands of books on sales have been written and hundreds of sales training programs have been created. Most of them focus on how to sell, instead of why customers buy.
Every purchase involves many decisions by a customer. Which brand should I buy? Do I trust this company or salesman? Is the price fair? Do I need this product now or shall I wait for something better? Do I need to do more research before buying?
Sales people often assume that customers make conscious, rational decisions. However, over the last 2 decades, Neuroscience research has confirmed that about 95% of our decisions, including buying decisions, are made unconsciously. At the same time, medical studies have shown that, without emotion, we simply can’t make decisions. If sales people fail to pay attention to the unconscious, emotional decisions that customers make, it is unlikely their sales pitches will be very persuasive.
Consumers’ buying decisions are shaped by numerous invisible influences. Dr. Wu will share the latest Neuroscience insights on boosting your sales. He will explain how you can build trust, set prices, ask questions, and leverage social influences to better persuade your customers.
Get answers to:
- How to ask the right questions to increase your customers spending?
- How to use social influence to help your customers decide?
- How to price to sell?
- How to build trust with your customers?
- Why sales people should pay attention to scent and color?
He will end his talk with a shocker to all Vikings’ fans! Don’t miss it.
Dr. Terry Wu received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. He has a 30-year career in Neuroscience. He started his own marketing firm over 16 years ago, giving his clients a strong competitive edge by applying insights from Neuroscience and Psychology. His combined knowledge and experience in both Neuroscience and marketing led him to the emerging field of Neuromarketing. His company, Neuromarketing Services is the only firm in the Midwest that specializes in Neuromarketing.
In May, 2019, Dr. Wu gave a 17-minute TED Talk on Neuromarketing. His talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEtE-el6KKs) has been extremely well received by Neuromarketing experts as well as the general public. His talk has been raising awareness about this new, scientific approach to marketing.
Thu20Feb20208:15 amImagineIT, Bloomington
Conversations are a core element of human interaction. Adaptive Conversations are a way of speaking that adapts the conversation to accommodate verbal and non-verbal feedback. Adaptive Conversation:
- Asks more thought-provoking questions
- Uses active listening where speakers are sensitive to the feelings and emotions of others
- Develops greater abilities to sense, interpret, and respond to the unique set of needs and problems of others
- Focuses empathy toward others by identifying contextual cues from feedback, and then adapting and modifying one’s own words, tone, and physical movements
Drawing from classical behavioral and social sciences, and the thought leadership of Emotional, Social, and Conversation Intelligence, we will explore Adaptive Conversations for improving:
- Culture and Engagement
- Customer Experience
Following several years as a clinical therapist, Jon transitioned to a career in sales and sales management. Jon refocused his capabilities to organizational consulting, training, and coaching.
Jon is Vice President of Learning Development at The Coaching Hour, which applies principles from the behavioral and social sciences to facilitate the “Science and Art” of Adaptive Conversations. Outcomes are the mastery of sales, leadership, and organizational change.
Jon holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and a graduate degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology.
Thu19Mar20208:15 amImagineIT, Bloomington
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest is to “provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness” and Dorree directs her team do just that. The Ronald McDonald Family Room offers complimentary dinner every night and brunch on weekends, snacks, nap and shower rooms, private overnight accommodations, laundry facilities and more. It is a wonderful place of respite for families experiencing one of the most stressful times in their lives.
Gillette is a Level One trauma center, with pediatric patients arriving via helicopter from across the Upper Midwest. Dorree will share stories of families that have utilized the Family Room, what services they utilized and how the Family Room helped them cope during a very difficult time.
Dorree Adelmann is the Manager at the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Before coming to Ronald McDonald house charities she spent many years at Calvary Lutheran in Golden Valley, most recently as Director of Hospitality.
The RMH mission is that We, in partnership with our community, provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness. We provide meals, snacks, sleep rooms and a wonderful place of respite for families going through one of the most stressful times in their lives. Gillette is a level one trauma center and gets kiddos helicoptered in from the 5 state area. Dorree will share stories of families that have utilized the Family Room, what was offered to them and how it helped in so many ways.