Community Engagement 201

This session will help participants develop a deeper understanding of how a meaningful community engagement strategy can support the regulated and unregulated businesses in Ontario. This content includes a quick refresher from our Community Engagement 101 and then focuses on exploring best practices to community engagement in a post-COVID world. We will explore the benefits and risks of good engagement, how to set clear goals and manage internal and external partner expectations. Conversations will include the importance of a clear ‘why’, finding and working with internal and external partners and tools to help evaluate program success. 

Course Outline

  • A brief review of content covered in CE101
  • Establishing clear and authentic community engagement goals
  • Understanding and addressing internal barriers to real engagement
  • Finding the right external partners
  • Building real-time (formative) and end-of-project (summative) evaluation processes
  • A high-level introduction to the online engagement tool will be presented, and how tools like this can support and expand current Community Engagement efforts.

Resources Include

  • CE101 review
  • Talking points to build internal support
  • Checklist for successful external partnerships
  • Practical engagement tools and tactics
  • Evaluation tools
  • Online resources

Four Simple Words Training

As our organizations navigate the seismic shifts that have come from the pandemic, it is clear that ‘soft skills’ (how we work and collaborate with others) are no longer nice to have. As this Forbes article reminds us, they are in fact, critical to organizational survival. To deal with the scale and scope of change our teams are dealing with we need to embrace and celebrate growth mindsets. Our ‘learn and return’ approach to training supports behavioural change and culture shifts.

We have designed dozens of courses for adult learners and run thousands of training sessions. This course is just one of the many Four Simple Words offers for in-person or virtual training. 

Our training programs are ideal for teams of 8 – 15 and usually run 3 hours long. Most programs include a workbook we send ahead of time and encourage participants to make notes with. If meeting virtually, we include a free 10-minute Zoom prep before each session to ensure everyone is comfortable with the training technology. We promise the same fun and engaging learning experience we offer in person, all from the comfort of your virtual offices. #BringYourOwnCoffee

All our programs are fully customizable to meet your specific learning or timing needs. Click here to book a time to explore how we can build a customized training program that will support your team’s success. 3 hours too long or not enough? Ask about our micro-training programs and our full-day retreats for board and staff teams.

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