• Leadership development instructor, Competitive Solutions, Inc.

Sonny Eppes is a senior associate with the Center for Corporate and Professional Development at Furman. Sonny brings to the classroom a wealth of training experience and skills. He has over three decades of training and presentation experience. Eppes has served as the director of training and corporate communication for two internationally known companies: J.E. Sirrine Architectural & Engineering Company and also with Insignia Financial Services. Sonny is currently a leadership development instructor with Competitive-Solutions, Inc., in Raleigh, North Carolina a national and international consulting firm. His training philosophy is "if you are not having fun you are not learning." In addition to training corporate leaders, Sonny is also a much requested after-dinner speaker for corporate holidays and special events.

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Getting Your Message Across: Presentation Skills for Leaders

Genuine, compelling and clear communication is a cornerstone of effective leadership. This fast-paced workshop builds and improves upon existing presentation skills of managers and key individual contributors who need to speak before or facilitate a group. Participating leaders learn and practice new skills including preparing and making presentations, facilitating discussions and leading meetings. Practical demonstrations of the various aspects of presenting and facilitating are given as well as individual coaching and reviewing of practice videotapes. (note: maximum group size 8 people)

Time Management

Do you get stressed out because of what you don’t get done? This workshop will guide you in developing a personal efficiency program to assist you in getting control of your time. Determine what’s important, what’s not, and how to make the best use of your time. Learn tips for making good time management principles stick. This workshop will help teach participants how to use time management techniques to increase productivity and create a less stressful work environment.

Who Are You? The HBDI for Leaders

Authentic and effective leadership requires taking time to understand yourself and the people you serve. During this lively workshop you’ll explore results from the highly regarded HBDI thinking styles assessment. You will get insight into what makes you and others tick, and your vital leadership practices of communication, problem solving, decision-making and team building will be enhanced.

Building Effective Teams

Bringing together the knowledge, skills and perspectives of a wide range of people calls for figuring out team roles and relationships, making collaborative decisions, giving constructive feedback and dealing with conflict. Effectively focused and equipped teams can unlock creativity, talent and experience for generating original solutions to difficult challenges. Optimize your team’s performance and renew their energy and commitment by refreshing your communication, collaboration and conflict resolution skills in this fun and practical workshop.

FISHing to make your team great!

This highly interactive workshop will demonstrate how common core values can make your team great no matter where you are or what you do. We will begin this session by discovering as a group the philosophy of work that transformed Seattle’s world famous Pike Place Fish Market from ordinary to great. Then we will explore how that same “FISH!” philosophy can empower your team to become more energized and productive. In addition, we’ll go one step further to examine and celebrate the skills, values and principles that make your team unique. We’ll show you how to engage and empower your staff to stay truly connected to their work, their colleagues and their customers.


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