Lots of trainers out there say they know communications, but finding a trainer who gets communications on both personal and professions levels AND who has been in the advocacy trenches for more than a decade? With a mixture of in-person and online work? That’s uncommon. Finding someone who understands the complexities of agriculture and can pull on that experience to start a training session in ways that earns trust early? That’s like finding a unicorn! Janice Person and Grounded Communications, LLC fit the bill.
While Janice Person isn’t really a unicorn kind of girl, she relishes that people not only call her an OG (term of endearment for originals) but come to her to learn about the latest tech or ideas that are beginning to surface. She can bring all of that to your group be that employees, organization members, volunteers or another audience you are looking to activate.
Recently, Janice has been leading online workshops and anticipates returning to more in-person and even intense multi-day or multi-hour training programs as the pandemic subsides. Trainings can be with small groups of high potential players or larger groups as you look to empower masses. And she’s able to do them remotely in a way that combines group training & discussion with individual goal setting and personal development.
Communications Goal Setting
Although communications is a professional field of study all of its own, in today’s world, effective and strategic communications is becoming increasingly important for all of us. Communications provides a critical piece of networking, building a professional reputation or brand, securing grants or funding and defending freedom to operate. But how you select and use communications channels will determine how successful you can be in those efforts.
Helping individuals learn how they can utilize various channels of communications to fit the goals they have in their field — whether they are looking to make the next amazing technology breakthrough or interested in leading teams of people. By opening the discussion for an entire group and then diving into it with individuals to really help your group get started, pinpoint things to keep motivation up and make those impacts you need.
Handling Tough Conversations
To create the change you want to see, sometimes, you have to put yourself out there a bit further than you may find comfortable. And you may need to spend time talking to people with different viewpoints. How do you navigate all of this? It’s about thinking about what you want to accomplish rather than where you are most comfortable.
Most of us actively avoid uncomfortable conversations, but so often, without some discomfort, we can’t grow and reach our full potential. Having had jobs where almost any encounter with the public could quickly be uncomfortable, Janice had opportunity after opportunity to practice this kind of engagement. She knows perfection doesn’t exist, but the sheer volume of practice she’s had helps others access the path of continuous improvement.
Janice has done numerous training sessions around this topic, tailoring each event to the audience to examples hit home. Getting people to think about what they are doing rather than simply acting or reacting in the moment can definitely help in achieving goals.
Building Your Story for Maximum Impact
Storytelling is not only a hot commodity right now but it is a method of connecting deeply with audiences to deliver the emotional impact and create the trust needed to drive the action you seek. Crafting the story to be remembered and repeated is what lets you have ongoing impact. Janice can help you tap your team’s personal stories and deliver the points to get the audience to move with you, thinking through the story arc and points to include or exclude.
On-Going Online Training
Grounded and Rising is a new community and training platform focused on bridging the rural – urban divide by providing farmers and others in agriculture access to information, networking, training, one-on-one consulting, and more. We know for many of us, the feeling of being grounded in agriculture is core to our being, but we also want to rise to have a bigger impact on our communities more broadly.
Whether you are looking for an on-going community or a single class, Grounded and Rising is the place you have been looking for and the network you need.