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How to Make a Big Ask of Leadership

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am CDT


You know what your workplace needs to improve. However, making the “big ask” of leadership is holding you back. Learn how you can prepare and deliver a persuasive proposal to leadership.

For example, you may want to recommend more headcount, request new technology to streamline work, or advocate for another change that can enhance productivity and improve workplace operations.

In this hands-on session led by Shannon Swift, you will learn a process that helps you design your talking points for making the “big ask” of leadership. Retired Chief Human Resource Officer Ed Schloesslin will discuss a corporate leader’s typical challenges, objections, and concerns. Understanding these factors will help you better understand your leadership audience.

Event is eligible for two (2) SHRM credits.

You will design talking points to be influential and effective. Preferably, you will have a specific “big ask” identified to develop during this session. 

Hone your “big ask” into a specific action
Brainstorm a list of your leader’s possible objections and concerns
Craft creative responses to each objection           
Arrange responses into a cohesive strategy for presenting
Gather feedback from peers throughout to enhance your strategy
Leave with a template and handouts to support future “asks”


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4747 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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