This post will share a couple updates about some new services I offer and a virtual event that you should try to attend (I’m biased because I am moderating it). Oh, and if you hadn’t heard, I am officially a published researcher–hooray! If you want to read more about that, visit this page.
New Services from Coco Canary
It has finally happened. I have jumped on the webinar train and am now a bonafide Zoom webinar moderator. For my most recent project, I set-up the Eventbrite page, organized the email automation, and did the behind-the-scenes tech work for the Zoom event. I also can moderate the event, which means I introduce the facilitator, problem solve technical hurdles, and sort through the questions that come through. It is crucial for any successful webinar to have at least one person behind the scenes. I know because I have been the facilitator of a webinar gone wrong and I had wished that I had someone with me to problem solve.
If you are interested in learning more about the process or would like to hire me to do it for you, then let’s connect!
We’re in a Crisis: Learn How To Talk About It With Your Employees – *FREE WEBINAR*
Thursday, June 18th, 2020 – 10 AM Central
Heather Heefner, communication expert and couch, of Dart Studio will share her expertise about crisis communication. She will be focusing on how leaders need to be using empathy and authority to build trust within their organizations. I will be moderating the event. If you are interested in learning more about this event or if you want to register, please click the link below. It will take you to the Eventbrite page.
This is Molly O’Connor, the founder of Coco Canary Consulting, LLC (CCC). If you didn’t know, CCC is an evaluation, communication, and development firm. Before I delve into this post, I just wanted to say thank you for visiting this site and showing interest in my work! Starting this business was a group effort, and it was no small feat. A lot of thought and tears went into CCC and it has shaped me into who I am today. And, as cliché as it may sound, I am stronger because of it. One of these days, I’ll write the origin story of CCC, but for now, let’s talk about a book I’ve been working on!
A Brief History
For the last couple of months, a friend and I have been working on a book called The Unproductive Communication Cycle (UCC). My friend is Heather Heefner-Dart, and she is the principal for a communications and coaching firm called Dart Design Studio. And, she is the mastermind of UCC. Earlier this year, she hired me to help develop a curriculum for an emotional intelligence training she was doing for one of her clients. This was when I first saw her UCC framework, and I remember telling her, “Heather, you could write a book about this!” At the time, she was drowning in work, and she didn’t feel like she had the time to write a book.
Well, fast forward to early March 2020. In the USA, states were beginning to close, and unemployment was starting to rise. I was a part of the first round of layoffs (well, it was a bit more complicated than that) and found myself with much more free time than I had originally planned. Initially, I didn’t know what to do with myself. But, my mind kept wandering back to Heather’s UCC framework. And, I knew we had to write a book, especially during turbulent times like COVID-19! Fortunately, and unfortunately, Heather also had more time on her hands, and after a long phone conversation, we had agreed to co-author The Unproductive Communication Cycle.
A Soon to Be Self Help Book for the Workplace AND We Need Your Help!
In my next post, I will write more about what the book entails, but for now, I have a request for our readers! We are collecting data via a survey to fine-tune the UCC, as well as the productive communication cycle (PCC). We have a firm idea of the UCC, but we are still in the development phases of the PCC. That’s where you come in. If you could take 15 to 20 minutes of your time to fill out our UCC survey, that would mean the world to Heather and me! Once we get enough responses, we’ll have the data we need to solidify our frameworks so that we can get our book closer to publishing.
If you have any questions about the survey or the book, feel free to leave a comment below, or you can send me an email at email@example.com.
May 13th, 10:30 am (Central):
Heather will be a panelist for the Business Marketing Club’s Weekly Update: How the CoronaVirus Crisis affects B2B. She will be discussing how effective and empathetic communication by business leaders is key to success, especially in the times of COVID-19. She will also briefly talk about the UCC and our upcoming book. Register below to listen in with 1000’s of other listeners from all over the world.
*By the way, “B2B” stands for Business to Business. Also, BMC is based out of the UK.
Mid to Late May (Date TBD)
Catherine Byers Breet from arbez.com will interview Heather sometime in the next few weeks. Catherine is a Career, Consulting, & Job Hunt Coach based in the Twin Cities. She is doing a daily 8 am networking & collaboration live stream to help consultants, job seekers, and freelancers get through the COVID-19 outbreak. She says her mission for these live streams is to build community, instill inspiration, and to offer actionable career and job-search advice!