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  • Straight Talk to Success

  • Straight Talk to Success™ is an exciting, interactive business strategy, tactics, and leadership development workshop series offered to Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce members on a quarterly basis.  

    Each workshop is designed with access to tools and resources that will help you to grow your business and navigate change and challenge with greater confidence, less stress, and overwhelm.  

    A value-added benefit for all Chamber members, join Jen O’Hare, owner of TIAMAT Leadership and Roger Sargent, owner of Affluence Business Solutions as they bring their specialized knowledge, practical and proven tools to business owners and leaders who want to grow their business.

    Each workshop addresses the needs and interests of businesses at different stages of operations, self- and people-leadership skills. Join your Chamber peers and learn how to create and maintain a business that succeeds. It’s a benefit included with your annual Chamber membership!

    If you’ve ever thought of teaming up with a business and leadership advisor, someone who can show you the ropes, save you time and money, help you understand how to manage your team, how to be more productive, how to gain greater control over the success of your business – and cut to the heart of what really matters – we invite you to attend the Straight Talk to Success™ workshop series.

    FREE for Chamber members; $30 for guests

    Registration for each workshop is required.

    2020 Schedule: 

    Looking Ahead - Business Strategies Q&A - Thursday, April 16th, 9:00-10:00 AM

    Things are challenging right now for small business. We are part way through the stay home order, so NOW is when to focus on what to do TODAY to be ready for reopening for business in the new normal. Come join us for an impromptu strategic Q&A with Jen and Roger facilitating your questions, brainstorming with the group and sharing ideas . These may be some of the questions we discuss:

    • How can I make strategic decisions about my business?
    • What strategies should I explore right now?
    • How do I keep myself motivated?
    • How do I keep my team engaged?
    • How do I take care of my team, right now?

    This will be an impromptu 60-minute Q&A Straight Talk to Success session where we can brainstorm some strategies with you. If you have specific questions, submit your questions them to mbattson@gigharborchamber.com in advance. Pre-submitted questions will receive priority and we will be taking questions during the zoom meeting as well. There is no fee for this unique Q&A session. 

    Please preregister for this FREE event to receive the zoom meeting information. Note: this is not a typical workshop with content, merely a session to brainstorm and grow as we all gear up to reopen hopefully soon.

    How to Sharpen Your Focus & Productivity - Tuesday, June 30th, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

    Summertime in Puget Sound is filled with sun and lots of activities. So much to do – so many distractions to keep you from achieving your goals. Work/Life balance…what’s that? As business owners, we wear many hats. We easily lose focus and fill our days with activities that keep us from driving revenue to our business. If you want to sharpen your focus and stay productive, join us for this fun and focused workshop.

    How to Manage, Motivate and Keep Employees Engaged - Wednesday, September 9th, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

    How do I keep my employees engaged? How do I keep them motivated? How do I retain them without busting my budget? Employees are an organization’s greatest asset. Employees also present the biggest challenge for leaders if they don’t know how to tap into the team’s potential. Many owners drive away their talent without even realizing it. Learn how to boost your team’s performance and engagement. You do not need to manage people to get value from this workshop. This workshop will also be helpful to the solo entrepreneur.

    JumpStart Your Business Strategy into 2021 - Thursday, December 10th, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

    As 2020 comes to a close, it’s time to look at how your business is positioned for the New Year. Is your business stuck in neutral? Every business needs a thoughtful business strategy that allows for growth, evaluates opportunities, manages risk, and offers a clear sense of direction. This also includes identifying the barriers that may be blocking the growth of your business. Join us and jump start your 2021 planning so you can hit the ground prepared and confident in January.

  • "I've been to Straight Talk for Success (Feb and Mar) and must say that this has been multiple layers deeper than I had ever expected. I've read management books, especially time management and am an avid list maker. I was pleasantly surprised that the new methods have moved so far beyond that, they are like playing chess instead of checkers. So worth the time and effort to attend and partake of Jen and Roger's wisdom. These guys play chess and do it well."

    - Howard Mackert, Mackert Automotive

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