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Company of Experts, Inc. is known for delivering exceptional training and consulting services to hundreds of organizations, groups, and individuals in corporate and academic sectors and has received 5-Star ratings for their on-site trainings and programs.

Company of Experts, Inc. provides its users with the flexibility to complete their training by offering their renowned workshops in a variety of ways: on-site, hybrid, or online; providing users with the option to decide which learning method would work best for their organization and/or individual.

Company of Experts now offers online registration. Don’t want to register online? Company of Experts has created flexible registrations for you…

Phone: We also process registrations taken over the phone. Just call our office (702) 228.4699 and we will be happy to process your order over the phone.

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Strategic Networking

Today’s professionals know that networking has moved out of the conference room and into their daily lives via social media, community involvement, and professional development opportunities. The internet has revolutionized the way we interact with others; the way we build brand identity, and the way we communicate. Effective networking  is no longer a skill only upper echelon leaders must have—it’s now an expectation for all professionals.

Why should you take this workshop?

  • Many professionals are not sure how to effectively network; they need training to feel more comfortable;
  • Networking myths and misconceptions are common and create hindrances to professional development; getting to practice in a safe environment while learning the skills builds confidence;
  • Today’s leaders are expected to know how to network but few have received training in how to do it or know what successful networking looks like; when you know what success looks like you can develop specific actions steps to achieve it;
  • There is a growing need to network via social media but not everyone understands how to do so strategically; receiving an overview of the big 4 and learning how to use your time effectively will allow you to develop a customized networking strategy to build brand identity;
  • Asking for what you want/need from your network can be daunting unless you know how; gaining the skills and knowing how will increase the odds of having your request answered.

Who is this workshop designed for?

This workshop is designed for anyone interested in enhancing their networking skills.

‘Strategic Networking’ Workshop Outcomes

This one day workshop includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have the knowledge to:

  • Describe what successful networking is, who does it, the various venues to network, and the benefits of networking;
  • Conduct a self-assessment of their networking skills, so they can list their strengths and identify areas to enhance;
  • Challenge preconceived ideas and myths about networking, so they can describe how they create limiting beliefs and interfere with networking;
  • Identify the characteristics, behaviors, responses, and outcomes of both unsuccessful and successful networking;
  • Create short and long term networking goals that inspire them to continue developing their skills;
  • State the different networking purposes/roles, so they can develop customized strategies appropriate for each networking opportunity;
  • Gain awareness of networking fundamentals so they can recognize and use different activities to optimize networking efforts before, during, and after the event;
  • Practice networking in a safe environment so they can build their confidence and apply the techniques they are learning in the moment;
  • Receive an overview of the Big 4 social media resources so they can develop a plan for how to use their time most effectively to build their brand identity;
  • Get practice asking for what they want/need from their network.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please check out our Event Calendar to see a complete listing of our upcoming trainings and workshops.

Board Retreats and Training

The board sets the tone and direction of the organization. Effective board leadership and governance helps ensure that an organization can operate to its fullest capacity. Creating an effective board is a continual process that includes recruitment, engagement and development.

Today, teams and organizations face rapid change like never before. Globalization has increased the markets and opportunities for more growth and revenue. However, increasingly diverse markets have a wide variety of needs and expectations that must be understood if they are to become strong customers and collaborators. The ability to manage change, while continuing to meet the needs of stakeholders, is a very important skill required by today’s leaders, managers and boards (profit and non-profit). Planning effective board development is fundamental to an organizations transformation.

With more than thirty years working with corporate and non-profit boards, we can help you recruit, train and plan.

Smart Grant Writing: Workshop Outline

Lesson 1: Getting Ready for Grant Writing

  • A step-by-step method to turn your idea into a fundable grant project.
  • The 12 questions to ask before you start any grant writing project so you can be ready to tell the funding source exactly what they want to know.
  • 7 ways to improve your grant’s chance of success before you turn on your computer to type.
  • How to position yourself for grant funding even if your organization is brand new, has no track record, or a small operating budget.

Lesson 2: Finding the Right Funding Source

  • You will learn the top sources of grant funding in the United States.
  • How to use two websites that put a wealth of grant opportunities at your fingertips – no more endless searching.
  • How to pick the funding agencies that are most likely to say “yes” to your project.
  • What to write in a letter of inquiry to pique a foundation’s interest.

Lesson 3: Understanding the Grant Application

  • How to understand the language of grant application guidelines, a.k.a. request for proposal (RFP), request for application (RFA), or funding opportunity announcement (FOA).
  • How to use the grant application as a reference which allows you to find the information you need to know without going crazy trying to read 50 to 100 pages of grant lingo all at once.
  • The 12 key items to look for in any grant application and how to find them.
  • The differences between government and foundation grant applications and why this matters.

Lesson 4: Planning the Grant Writing Process

  • How to create a timeline for writing with multiple mini-deadlines.
  • How to establish sources of information for your proposal so you can avoid writer’s block.
  • How to identify and work with key people or project partners during the grant writing process.
  • The importance of identifying all of the supporting documents that will be required – forms, letters, signature pages, or other attachments early, and how to get the ball rolling on getting them completed.

Lesson 5: Constructing a Case for Funding that Flows

  • 10 features of a funded grant proposal, and how they fit together.
  • How to outline your writing, section by section, into one logical case for funding.
  • How to determine the optimal length for each section of your proposal… you will waste no words and maximize your score.
  • Simple ways to organize your grant proposal at the outset for easy reading and scoring.

Lesson 6: Writing a Compelling Problem (or Needs) Statement

  • 7 helpful tips for convincing a funding agency to contribute to a worthy cause in your community (not someone else’s).
  • Time-saving sources of statistics to document the need for your project.
  • Eye-catching ways to display information to strengthen your case for funding.
  • How to breathe life into your problem statement so as to trigger compassion and urgency in the grant reader.

Lesson 7: Stating Clear Goals and Objectives

  • How to write goals that create the dynamic feeling of a win-win with the funding agency.
  • Words you should and should not use when stating your objectives.
  • To follow our proven, 4-step formula for wording objectives – all you have to do is fill in the blanks!
  • How to avoid the #1 mistake novice grant writers make when writing goals and objectives that will KILL your chances of being funded.

Lesson 8: Pitching a Powerful Plan of Action

  • Our 7 secrets for selling your solution to a problem.
  • How to pair your activities with measurable benefits. This one strategy will make your action plan stand out among the competition.
  • Easy ways to organize your activities on a timeline so the reader can understand your action plan at a glance.  (You’ll get several templates for this).
  • Guidelines (and helpful models) for citing research to add credibility to your methods.

Lesson 9: Conveying Your Capacity, Credibility, and Commitment

  • Confidence-building ways to communicate your organization’s mission and history, even if your organization is new.
  • How to describe the expertise of key people – even if they haven’t been hired yet!
  • How to develop Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Letters of Commitment with other agencies to demonstrate community support for your project. (You will see examples of these from funded proposals to make it easy to write your own).
  • More tips to let to funder know the project will be in capable hands.

Lesson 10: Designing an Effective Evaluation Plan

  • Ideas for measuring the success of your grant project to assure the funder you are serious about delivering real results.
  • How to speak (and write) the language of an evaluator, even if you don’t have a background in statistics or research.
  • How to get a professional evaluation plan written for you – absolutely free!
  • How to know when you should involve a third-party evaluator and what questions you should ask when interviewing one.

Lesson 11: Building a Better Budget

  • Easily adaptable formats for displaying budgets and writing budget narratives.
  • Our handy formulas for showing estimated expenses to indicate that you’ve done your homework and are responsible with money.
  • Tips for linking your budget to your action plan to prove that every dollar will contribute to the cause.
  • Creative ideas for showing matching resources to give the funder the most for their money.

Lesson 12: Packing Your Proposal with Persuasion

  • Promising ways to promote your ideas as an authority….and be seen as an expert on your topic.
  • Our 7 Golden Rules of Grant Writing that have proven successful in bringing in grant money for over 10 years.
  • Clever techniques for making your key points pop off the page so that your reader will not miss them.

Lesson 13: Summarizing Your Story

  • How to write an impressive introduction – thus capturing the reader’s attention in the opening lines and make a positive first impression.
  • How to pack your proposal into a 1-2 page executive summary or abstract – to clarify the bigger picture for the busiest of bureaucrats.
  • How to turn your executive summary or abstract into an invitation to read more.
  • When to mention money in a proposal summary – and where.

Lesson 14: Polishing and Packaging Your Final Presentation

  • To create and use checklists to confirm that your content is complete. (You’ll get the checklists we use).
  • Our error-free editing advice so you can look for and catch the most common errors made in grant proposals (you’ll get a list of these, to save you from learning the hard way!).
  • How to handle all the forms and supporting documents (MOUs, resumes, letters, newspaper articles, etc.) without getting a headache.
  • How to avoid mailing mistakes so that your grants gets there by the deadline.

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Facilitator Training

Professional development for the seasoned expert or beginner…

The activities of the Instructional Skills Workshop form the nucleus of the ISW Facilitator Training, a five-day workshop to prepare experienced faculty to facilitate the Instructional Skills Workshops. Participants refine their teaching techniques through the mini-lessons, and with guided practice and feedback, develop strategies for facilitating the group process. Participants have the opportunity to develop new knowledge and techniques for facilitating group development, to explore other teaching methods, to explore formative evaluation techniques, and to receive feedback on their own teaching and facilitating skills. Some chairpersons participate in the Facilitator Training to enhance their competence in providing constructive feedback for their teaching colleagues. The Facilitator Training provides an opportunity for individuals to concentrate on their own professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere. Participants can become part of a larger instructional development network.

In addition to delivering workshops, ISW Facilitators often assist in a variety of activities related to the improvement of instruction. Classroom observation visits, video-taping, involving students as a means of eliciting feedback to the instructor, and individual consulting and facilitating services are often provided. These activities are offered only at the request of individual faculty members and all interchanges are confidential. Facilitators with highly developed communication skills are often called upon to assist with college-wide in-service days, institutional evaluation, departmental meetings, and retreats. When upward mobility is not always an option, being an ISW Facilitator may provide alternate leadership development opportunities.

The third level of the tier is the ISW Trainer Development Workshop (TDW) where individuals who have completed the Facilitator Training can learn how to train Facilitators.

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Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Professional development for the seasoned expert and beginner…

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program is a comprehensive three-tiered teacher and trainer development program that serves as the foundation for several professional development activities  The ISW typically is facilitated by two ISW Facilitators [See Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator Training].

The ISW is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance the classroom effectiveness of both new and experienced teachers or trainers. During the four-day workshop that is facilitated by two ISW Facilitators, approximately five teachers or trainers design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive oral, written and video feedback from the participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching or training adult learners, the selection and writing of Intended Learning Outcomes with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.

The ISW encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching/training practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. Effective feedback skills, practiced in the workshop, are useful for classroom teachers or trainers and also as they fulfill their other organizational tasks.

The ISW engenders participatory learning and the building of community that can transfer back into the classroom and the school, college, university, or organizational setting. Participation in an ISW creates an opportunity for new teachers or trainers to learn about the unique culture and value system of the organization and can also be a renewing and revitalizing activity for more seasoned teachers or trainers. Added benefits are a sense of collegiality, team building, self discovery, and learning new approaches to working with others.

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Executive Leadership Development

Leading the change from the top is essential to the success of the any organizational Culture Transformation; in fact it is essential. Culture change is possible only when senior leadership is fully on board, modeling the new culture and holding everyone accountable to new ways of being and doing. Our program for executive leaderships is customized to fit an organization or individual’s needs, goals and visions.

Designed to build Executive Leadership understanding of the practice of generative engagement in the workplace and expand their capacity to lead a strength-based organization. This program includes Executive Coaching, Leadership action plan (professional and personal), skill building through daily practice as well as networking with other Executive Leaders.

Our world is increasingly subject to failures that require systems-level and cross-systems-level thinking and approaches. The consequences of any decision can ripple with unprecedented speed across business ecosystems the way the recent economic crisis has impacted nearly every market (IBM CEO Report of 2010).

Contact us at the office at (702) 228-4699 or email Kathy at today for an initial FREE consultation to discover how we can help you design a customizable Executive Leadership Development program for your organization.

Strategic Planning

Beyond being an organizational development process, Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to strategic planning and positive change that has been used successfully in schools and universities, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, communities, and corporations all around the world. It is broad-based, highly participative, and energizing. Appreciative Inquiry builds new skills in stakeholders, develops new leaders, encourages a culture of inquiry, and helps create shared vision and purpose for your organization by building on your core values and strengths. Perhaps most importantly — Appreciative Inquiry leads to action, commitment, and results.

Developing your organization’s next strategic plan with Appreciative Inquiry will provide executives, executive teams, and planning committees an overview of how Appreciative Inquiry works and answer key questions:

  • How is Appreciative Inquiry different from other planning processes?
  • What resources does planning with Appreciative Inquiry require?
  • Who gets involved and how?
  • How long does it take?
  • What is an Appreciative Inquiry “Summit”? Is it necessary and how does my organization host one?
  • How do I write a strategic plan using Appreciative Inquiry?


  1. How is Appreciative Inquiry different from other planning processes?
    • Strengths-Based vs. Deficit-Based
    • The Wholeness Principle
    • Broad directions vs. Narrow objectives
    • The role of data
  2. Elements of an Appreciative Inquiry Strategic Planning process
    • Get Ready!
      1. Creating a Core Team
      2. Introducing Ai to your organization
    • Get Set!
      1. Pre-Summit Community Interviews
      2. The Appreciative Inquiry Summit
      3. Writing the Strategic Plan
    • Go!
      1. Implementing the Plan
      2. Building an Appreciative Culture

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Accreditation Solutions

Accreditation solutions that work for your school, college, or university. USE YOUR VALUABLE TRAINING AND CONSULTING DOLLARS WISELY.

Your accreditation embodies the excellence and innovation that your institution strives to be known for. We can assist in creating a professional product that you and your institution can be proud of by bringing our experience and expertise to this important process.

The Company of Experts, Inc. provides a range of services to help colleges and universities facilitate their accreditation or the re-affirmation of their accreditation while engaging stakeholders to assess and identify strengths for full buy-in of the accreditation standards and organizational outcomes.

Colleges and Universities are facing fiscal and accountability challenges during a time of unique opportunities to create new programs and services to students. The accreditation process has become more demanding to demonstrate performance outcomes and an increasingly visible means for colleges and universities to demonstrate measurable performance improvement.

Accreditation services are provided by educators and administrators that have had direct experience within an organization, just like yours, as well as collaborating with various accrediting bodies. They understand your needs and your unique challenges. Why hire someone for this crucial role who has to learn about the accreditation processes affecting colleges, schools, and universities? Hire an expert…

Company of Experts, Inc. is a service provider for the American Association of Community College

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accreditation Self-Study Support
  • Assessing Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Assistance with writing and proofreading accreditation self-study documents
  • Collaboration with Accrediting Organizations
  • Designing, developing, and maintaining an accreditation website for all stakeholders working on the accreditation process
  • Developing faculty and staff learning and professional development programs
  • Editing and Planning
  • Mock Accreditation Panels
  • Research, evaluation, and stakeholder engagement for program development and enhancement
  • Restructuring
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Development

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Appreciative Coaching

Appreciative coaching is different than other coaching and mentoring offerings. Appreciative coaching is deeply rooted in the principles of Appreciative Inquiry. It focuses on what has and is working in your professional and personal lives and is designed to capitalize on an individual, group, or organization’s strengths – generating positive changes in performance, professional development, and organizational leadership.

During appreciative coaching sessions, problems are acknowledged, but are used only as tools for learning. Appreciative coaching takes the best and helps make it better by expanding people’s capacity to perform and by channeling their abilities for the greatest impact. This approach to coaching will take the client from good to great because it fosters personal transformation through innate talent and inherent strength, increasing the likelihood of producing longer lasting results quickly.

Appreciative coaching is a shared experience between the coach and the client. Together, the coach and the client collaborate to build a design for the future, develop strategies, and construct supporting actions for success. The relationship formed between the coach and the client is one of discovery. By intensely listening, asking unconditionally positive questions, and offering sincere encouragement, the coach facilitates the process for the client to unearth their own answers and to take responsibility for acting on them. By increasing the client’s self-awareness, they will understand how to better employ their strengths. Appreciative Coaching is the truest form of empowerment.

Appreciative Coaching is useful for: Leaders in business and corporations, community development, educational organizations, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

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