Children’s & Women’s Hospitals: Influencing Skills

Presented by: 
Joanne Spalton of Kwela Leadership
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 8:30am
Children’s & Women’s Hospitals
Child & Family Research Institute, 950 West 28th Ave, Room 2108
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

Joanne Spalton is a senior consultant with Kwela Leadership. Joanne’s wide range of expertise includes facilitating, working with teams, assessing employee engagement, developing leaders, and delivering training programs on a variety of topics. Her people development skills have been honed through senior level positions across a broad range of sectors including post-secondary education, manufacturing, engineering, and most recently software development, as the HR Director for the R&D division of Fortinet Technologies. Joanne holds a CHRP designation and has completed a post-degree diploma in Human Resources Management from BCIT. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science, English) degree from the University of Victoria.

Event Details

Children’s & Women’s Hospitals: Influencing Skills
Facilitated by Joanne Spalton of Kwela Leadership
Thursday, November 28, 2013
8:30am – 11:30am
Child & Family Research Institute, 950 West 28th Ave. [MAP]
Room 2108

To Register

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Additional Sessions

VGH & Area, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Point Grey, Wednesday November 13, 2013 (2 sessions)

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