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ASTD Valleys of Virginia

  June 20, 2014 Program

Lessons from the Horse Communication Essentials for Leadership


 Kristina R. Barkhouser, CPLP
Excelen Performance, Inc.

Communication is an essential foundation for successful leadership.  It is more than talking and listening. Genuine communication requires a sincere understanding of another person's perspective....and communication "language"  Effective leaders have learned how to communicate in a way which is meaningful to their staff while creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

To illustrate this concept, we will examine communication in the context of the human/equine relationship, exploring perspectives on, trust, respect, loyalty and leadership.

Learning Objectives

þ  Speaking the language of leadership, from others' perspective.

þ  Forming a foundation of respect.

þ  Demonstrating strength in the face of fear and change.

þ  Identifying the difference in leading and managing, joining and following.

þ  Requesting only as "loud" as necessary.

þ  Playing fair and consistently.

þ  Exploring lessons in loyalty.

Kristina R. Barkhouser is the founder and President of Excelen Performance, Inc. Kristina has over 20 years of experience in technical and interpersonal skills development with a background in presentation skills and instructional design, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and active learning techniques. With nearly ten years of direct training experience in the pharmaceutical industry, she specializes in designing training to meet the needs of a variety of educational levels and learning styles, while ensuring regulatory compliance.


Kristina has a background in Human Resources, Quality Assurance, Education, and Instructional Design and has earned the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®) credential. Kristina has a talent for designing interactive learning experiences to improve employee effectiveness and increase organizational performance. Kristina is also a frequent speaker and presenter at regional, national and international conferences. In addition, she is the author of numerous published articles on effective training and development.


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