Influencing Skills: Afternoon Session

Presented by: 
Russel Horwitz of Kwela Leadership
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:00pm
Point Grey Campus
Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Blvd. – Party Room (2nd Floor)
The AAPS PD Program is provided exclusively to AAPS members at no upfront cost

Program Summary

Focus Area: Workplace Skills

The acid test of a good plan is the willingness of others to implement it. A key workplace skill is the ability to positively influence people in such a way that others willingly alter their thoughts and plans. One’s level of influence can be dramatically improved by carefully adjusting ideas to the concerns and communication styles of others and by formulating ideas in a compelling way.

In this workshop, participants bring their own influencing challenge and use the theory presented to hone their idea to maximize acceptance by their stakeholder group.


This course is applicable to any member who would like to improve their level of influence without relying on positional power. There is significant group and pair work in this session. Please come with an idea or project you would like to workshop and be prepared to participate.

You will learn to

  • improve the odds of getting good ideas adopted
  • improve your ability to influence peers and superiors
  • reduce resistance to change
  • improve relationships
  • increase commitment to new ideas
  • speak more persuasively to individuals and groups

You will learn through

  • group work and discussion
  • developing and pitching your own idea
  • active listening
  • lecture
  • exercises

About your facilitator

Russel is one of Kwela Leadership’s two founders and his expertise includes leadership development, team development, executive coaching, and training on a wide variety of topics.

He has worked extensively as a leadership consultant / trainer since 2004 across a wide variety of sectors, including government, publicly-held, and non-profit.  Russel's experience also includes 14 years in the high technology/engineering sector, where he held management roles in product development, marketing, customer service and training. Russel holds a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

What other members have said about Russel

“The facilitator did a great job of checking in with the group, answering questions and providing examples.”

“The facilitator was exponentially better than any I’ve encountered in my 15 year career. Please keep bringing him back!”

Event Details

Influencing Skills: Afternoon Session
Facilitated by Russel Horwitz

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
1:00pm – 4:15pm
Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard [MAP]
Party Room (2nd floor)

To Register

Email Registered attendees will receive confirmation emails. Please note we have added an additional morning session of this workshop.

Additional Sessions

VGH & Area, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Influencing Skills: Morning Session, Wednesday November 13, 2013

Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cancellations: Please remember all events are costly to set up, even those which are offered at no charge. If you do not anticipate attending the session to registered for, please cancel in a timely manner by emailing We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the AAPS PD Program.

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