Training Series

Training Series

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is pleased to offer a range of training suitable for your business, no matter your needs.

Our in-class sessions offer hands-on seminars in a traditional classroom setting led by experts in their field, while our interactive, instructor-led online Ed2Go courses allow you to set your own schedule and train at your convenience.

View both classroom and online training classes below. Most classes are available to both Chamber members and non-members. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Tubbs at (205) 391-0556 or carolyn@tuscaloosachamber.com.

In-Class Training

Supervision Part 1: Essential Skills

June 5, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $122 per Chamber member; $129 per non-member

*Approved for 4hrs Business Related CPE by AL State Board of Public Accountancy and 3.25 PDCs by SHRM

Workshop Overview
Truly, times have changed for those who lead others, yet the solutions in dealing with such changes can be found in the fundamental principles of basic supervision - the roles, skills and functions required of supervisor. This workshop is designed to help individuals build competencies in basic supervision practices. It works to define supervision, explains the competencies required of supervisors, and describes the supervisor's position from an operational perspective.

What You Will Learn
• Define supervision, describe types of supervisors, and explain the supervisor's position
• Discuss supervisory activities, roles, and competencies
• Focus on and describe supervisors in their roles of planning, directing, controlling, decision-making, communicating, motivating, staffing, budgeting and evaluating performance of the workforce
• Develop a comprehensive skill set as to modern day supervision of others

Workshop Outline

The Changing Role of Supervision
Plotting the Future: Planning
Translating Plans into Actions: Organizing
Implementing Plans: Directing
Tracking Plans with Actions: Controlling
Managing the Critical Intangibles: Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Creativity
Helping People Understand: Communicating
Encouraging Results: Motivating People
Building Human Resources: Staffing
Managing Finance and Resources: Budgeting
Tracking the Results of Human Efforts: Evaluating
Unique Workshop Offerings: An overview and in-depth discussion of supervisory techniques for facing modern-day organizational challenges and leading a diverse workforce.
Workshop Lead: Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Instagram for Business Growth

Content features you need to learn and use to engage and increase your followers.
June 18, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $45 per Chamber member, $55 per non-member. Lunch included.

Workshop Overview:
Instagram has grown to more than one billion users. Statistics show that 80 percent of Instagram accounts are following a business on Instagram.

It takes more than photos to grow and engage followers. Instagram provides different types of features to create content to better engage and grow your follower base. Video posts, live video, and Stories are content types. Engagement for videos is experiencing a higher engagement and growth rate than images alone.

Come and learn more about image posts, video post, and live streaming.

What you will learn:
• Image post strategies
• Hashtag strategies
• Stories
• Live streaming
• Building and using an Instagram channel
• How to create mobile video from your phone using various apps
• Running Ads overview
• Mobile video equipment

Workshop Lead: Donna Gilliland, Founder and President of MOST Training. Social media consultant and writer for OfficePro magazine.

Supervision Part II: Modern Day Challenges

June 26, 2019
8:30am - 12:00pm
Chamber of Commerce
Cost: $122 per Chamber member; $129 per non-member

*Approved for 4hrs Business Related CPE by AL State Board of Public Accountancy and 3.25 PDCs by SHRM

Workshop Overview
Possessing a capable skill-set is only half of the potential solution. Modern day supervisors must execute relentlessly in producing results for their respective organizations. This workshop moves beyond the attainment of up-to-date supervisory skills to applying such skills while facing the daunting organizational challenges of the 21stcentury. It provides an overview of today's organizations, issues affecting organizations, and ways that modern supervisors in organizations are responding strategically. This workshop also focuses on emerging new directions for supervision, the future of supervision, and ways to prepare for and act in the future.

What You Will Learn
• Describe today's organizations, issues affecting organizations, and ways to respond
• Define supervision, describe types of supervisors, and explain the supervisor's position
• Review supervisory activities, roles, and competencies
• Discuss the importance of human relations and team cohesiveness
• Focus on the use of critical and creative thinking in problem solving
• Describe ethical dilemmas facing supervisory leaders
• Describe the challenge of supervisory leadership in introducing and applying new technology
• Discuss emerging directions in supervision

Workshop Outline

Modern Day Supervision
Exerting Positive Influence and Leading People
The Emerging Role of Facilitator: Working with Groups and Teams
Employment Engagement
Managing the Critical Process of Problem Solving with Creativity
Helping People Work Together: Human Relations
Taking Responsibility: Organizational Ethics
Planning for Change: Technology and Modern Work Requirements
Preparing for the Future: Supervision Tomorrow
Unique Workshop Offerings: A future-focused and strategic view of the challenge for modern day supervisors

Workshop Lead: Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP