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Strategic Relationship Skills:  Creating Connections is essential – Maureen Gillis

October 27, 2016 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm EDT

Communications Maureen Gillis

Sponsored By:  Travel Alberta

As much as 80 or 90% of everything that we accomplish, is done so with the assistance of others.  Our personal and professional success as leaders depends in large part on the influence we exert within our networks, and great relationships are instrumental to our influence and ultimate success.  As professionals, we interact with a variety of people and building strong interpersonal relationships in today’s business world can be challenging.  As we become more connected digitally, it takes seemingly more effort to achieve real interpersonal connections. Strategic relationship skills allow us to assess and adapt to the needs of others while accomplishing the goals we set out to achieve, all while building trusting relationships.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire tools to build your adaptable relationship style by first understanding your role, style and preferences and how these influence your interpersonal interactions.
  • Develop practical approaches to interaction opportunities, including how to quickly assess the preferences and needs of others, and how to adapt your approach to build rapport more quickly and, as a result, build stronger relationships to create more influence.
  • Explore effective networking strategies, for both introverts and extraverts.

Maureen R Gillis, CPA, CA, facilitates adult learning in topics related to leadership, success, and human behaviour.  With formal training in adult learning, professional training in human resources management, and with a designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Maureen brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to her interactive workshops.  Her teaching and facilitation work began early in her career.  She has taught for various universities and facilitated professional development sessions for members of professional organizations.  With nearly three decades of leadership experience, she brings professional insight to her sessions, offering a variety of approaches to accommodate the different needs of learners.  During her career, Maureen has also been active in volunteer roles as a coach and with organizations such as the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Public Sector Accounting Board, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, the Financial Management Institute, the Chamber of Commerce, among others.  She also served as a volunteer financial advisor for an NGO in Ghana, West Africa.  Today, Maureen enjoys delivering seminars to members of professional groups and associations on current topics of interest that support ongoing development and growth for leader.


October 27, 2016
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm