As you all know, QCON is all about improving human services quality, collaboration and advocacy. All three of these functions require excellent communication. Last spring the QCON brought in Ilsa Flanagan, the Director of the National Reframing Initiative with National Human Services Assembly, to provide an evidence-based approach to how we can more effectively communicate the work we do—to those we serve, to the community leaders, to the business community and to our elected officials. The purpose is to inform all community sectors of the importance of the work we do so as to garner greater support.
Continuing with our efforts to help us all become more effective in our efforts to provide quality services, collaborate and advocate, on October 4th at the recent QCON members’ meeting, Joan Conrad – retired from John Deere and an expert in communications, presented on how to construct quality, effective PowerPoints. She did a great job in explaining how the brain takes in, processes and remembers (or doesn’t remember) information, and then applied those insights to how we construct our PowerPoint slides and how we provide accompanying information orally when we make these presentations. It was well-received by the audience and already we have heard that several were making adjustments in their presentation practices as a result. Thank you, Joan.