Why focus on building trust?
The best answer is that Bruce has witnessed far too much avoidable mistrust develop between really good people. This is most often the result of fear, ineffective coping mechanisms, and the willingness to settle for plateaued relationships. Bruce has a passion to help others break through these self-imposed limitations, and reduce unnecessary isolation in life and career.
1. What are some common reasons that people employ your services?
No two groups are the same, however there are some familiar workplace challenges that even the most successful organizations occasionally face:
- Accumulated stress and short-temperedness
- Turf-based thinking and behaviors
- Chronic conflict aversion
- Tacit endorsement of unhealthy team dynamics
- Disunity in priorities and ownership
- Difficult or altogether missing working relationships
- Unenthusiastic acceptance of change
- Willingness to settle for the above list!
The longer these conditions go on, the more that trust erodes in an otherwise healthy environment. Building Trust is brought in to constructively open up lines of communication and to arm individuals to build (or re-build) trust with their co-workers.
2. What off-the-shelf training topics are available?
- The Building Trust Experience
- Interpersonal Communication
- Conflict Resolution
- Picking Wise Battles
- Decision Making
- Avoiding Trap Doors
- Leadership Self-Care
- Team Building
- Healthy Team Dynamics
- Effective Meetings
- Handling Stress
- Related Topics
- Customer Service
- How to Get Promoted
3. Do you create custom programs?
Absolutely! In fact, virtually all training is customized to the current needs of the specific audience. Bruce explores the topics and expected outcomes up front, then tweaks each program to accomplish the desired changes in behavior.
4. Can you give some examples of custom training/speaking programs you have created?
Here is a sampling:
- Day-long annual leadership working retreats
- Series of 5 sessions on unity & customer service
- Why and how to build trusting organizational cultures
- Communication in a LEAN manufacturing environment
- Series of 7 aspects of leading volunteers
- Trust Building with faculty, staff and administration
- How to reduce stress through better communication
5. Is there online training available from Building Trust?
No. There are plenty of online training options available to those who would like general information on trust, leadership, problem-solving, etc. What differentiates our training is the personal and interactive nature of the learning. Participants leave the sessions with real experience in applying the techniques.
6. What types of people and companies have you helped?
Many! Some examples include: healthcare practices, manufacturing companies, large universities, churches, CPA and law firms, home centers, country clubs, non-profit organizations, and chief executive groups around the country.
7. What size organizations do you work with?
Bruce has spoken to groups from 7 to 700, from a small team of church elders to the staff and faculty of a university campus. Group size is less important than individual willingness to overcome trust barriers and change behaviors.
8. Are you available for individual coaching?
9. Do you do one-time speaking events?
10. Where is the training held?
Public Building Trust training sessions are conducted at a private training facility in Wooster, Ohio. Private sessions can be conducted anywhere that suits the client. Bruce will gladly travel.
11. What are the lasting results of your training and consulting?
The overall effectiveness of a refocused and cohesive team who trusts one another will be felt by the organization, its community partners and clients for years to come. The following chart describes the baseline expectation of improved trust and collaboration as a result of a Building Trust engagement.
12. How are you qualified to teach?
For over 25 years, Bruce has personally led teams of all kinds, in multiple industries, through various business, volunteer and community challenges.
For over 35 years, Bruce has conducted training sessions on a wide range of trust, communication and leadership topics with a 99% approval rating.
For all his life Bruce has been overcoming trust issues (for more on this read his memoir, On My Own, Recollections of an Unlikely CEO). In doing so, he has a passion for helping others find highly practical ways to do the same.
13. Do you offer certificates of completion/professional development hours?
Participants of The Building Trust Experience receive certificates of completion. At this time, CE credits are not available.
14. How long are the sessions?
The Building Trust Experience: 8 hours on Day 1 and 7 hours on Day 2. All other sessions are adjusted as-needed to fit the client’s time.
15. How much do you charge for your services?
The single-seat price for public sessions of The Building Trust Experience 2-day interactive workshop is $500. For custom engagements, the fee is based on the nature, length, and type of organization (for-profit, community, or non-profit). Prices reflect that clients are hiring a proven, results-oriented CEO with excellent communication and platform skills, where the value delivered far exceeds up-front cost. References are readily available.
16. How do we get started?
Contact Bruce at (330) 465-3322 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free initial consultation.