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Rising Above the Noise: Increasing Your Personal and Professional Impact and Influence

October 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Paul D. Ries CEUs: 3.0 AMU / 3.0 B-M

Please visit the Annual Training Conference Website to enroll: https://pnwisa.org/classes-events/annual-training-conference/ 

Do you ever feel “stuck” at work? Are you looking for ways to expand your capacity to be more effective, or more influential in what you do? As arborists and urban foresters, we face many challenges and opportunities to help people understand and connect with the important role trees play in our daily lives. This presentation will help attendees with the “non-tree” aspects of moving their arboriculture and urban forestry efforts to the next level in three key contexts:

  • Personal effectiveness
  • Organizational growth
  • Collaborative action

Participants will learn ways to advance their careers, programs, and partnerships. The key messages are that we need to continuously learn and hone our “soft-skills” and strategic thinking abilities, we need to grow our organizations and companies to be both efficient and nimble, and we need to work collaboratively with others to increase our influence and ability to rise above the noise that clamors for people’s attention.

Learn about the following:

  • Explore various options for increasing personal impact, influence, and effectiveness
  • Critically assess current professional development needs in the areas of personal, organizational, and group effectiveness
  • Synthesize information from various non-arboricultural sources and strategize about how to apply them in your own life


Roosevelt Public Works Yard Conference Room at 1820 Roosevelt Blvd., Eugene, OR 97402 

Directions: this conference room has an entrance at the front of the facility adjacent to a large parking lot.


1:00 – 2:45    Increasing Personal Impact and Influence

The first and main session of the day focuses on what it means to be a person of impact and influence and explores why this topic is important to us as arborists and urban foresters.

  • Introduce topic, overview of learning objectives, subject parameters, and take-home tools/messages
  • Current assessment – are you stuck? Moving forward? Where are you going?
  • Understanding what impact and influence looks like, how we gain it, use it, and even lose it
  • Exploring the five influencing styles
  • Presenting and discussing the three keys to increasing personal impact and influence

2:45 – 3:15    Break

3:15 – 3:45    Advancing Organizational Effectiveness

How do we increase our effectiveness when faced with the constraints of limited time and money, or uncooperative people?

  • Embracing change and uncertainty
  • Engaging the right people in our efforts
  • Prioritizing alignment in working with other people and groups

3:45 – 4:15    Leveraging Collaborative Capacity

Moving beyond ourselves and the organizations we work with, we will examine options for leveraging collaboration with other people and entities.

  • Assessing your collaborative opportunities
  • Nurturing a diverse professional network

4:15 – 4:30    Putting the Pieces all Together

  • “Minding the Gap” – understanding what we need to do or what we need to learn to be more influential
  • Calibrate our next steps by reflecting on what was learned today and what can be put into practice

4:30 pm    Adjourn


Dr. Paul D. Ries is the principal consultant for Insightful Nature LLC, a natural resources consulting, communications, and training company.  He also serves as the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry Program at Oregon State University, where he teaches online courses in urban forestry and arboriculture. He has over 30 years of experience in the natural resources and urban forestry fields, previously serving as the urban and community forestry program manager for the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, as the first Executive Director for the PNW-ISA, and as an urban forester for the city of Cincinnati Ohio.  His extensive communications experience includes over 20 years as a Public Information Officer for wildfire incidents in the western US. Paul holds BS and MS degrees in Natural Resources and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He served as ISA President in 2017-18, and has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1988.

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Roosevelt Public Works Yard Conference Room
1820 Roosevelt Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97402  United States
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