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Point Positive Workshops


Everyone deserves to work in a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment, even when that amazing workplace happens to be in the bottom of Grand Canyon!  Building on the success of our inaugural Point Positive Workshop before the 2019 GTS, Grand Canyon River Guides and the Whale Foundation are very excited to co-sponsor additional FREE workshops for our river community.  We urge you to take advantage of these outstanding learning opportunities to gain new skills and insight.  These helpful workshops provide essential tools to serve our river community and move us forward along the path of culture change.  We’re all in this together! 


Point Positive Workshop Logistics, Fall 2019
Day/Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Location: Canyon Explorations Warehouse, 675 W Clay Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ
Workshop 1 Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Workshop 2 Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Workshop 1: Communication as First Aid           
Workshop Registration Link: https://forms.gle/RbYxChomNga7qbjh7 
Audience: Grand Canyon river guides; Outfitter Leadership and Management
Description: This optional two and a half hour workshop for guides and new leaders is intended to encourage effective conversations and interactions between fellow guides, guests, and team members. We know when trust in teams is built and conflict is handled well, trips are safer, more inclusive and respectful, and ultimately more enjoyable for everyone involved. This workshop begins to identify why it can be so challenging to have effective conversations, addresses actively dealing with conflict head-on when necessary, and how to encourage trust and teamwork among crews.  We all communicate all the time and we all can stand to do it a little better; this is an opportunity to learn how!


Workshop 2: Inclusive & Respectful Work Environments       
Workshop Registration Link:  https://forms.gle/i3FKVhLxgfUKcQ496 
Audience: Outfitter Leadership and Management
Description: We understand that the issues of discrimination and sexual harassment have become a pressing national conversation.  With this in mind, Workshop #2 provides outfitter leadership/management with effective scenarios and tools to promote safe and respectful work environments, and create an effective plan for inclusion.


Why should you sign up?  We would like to share with you some of the compelling data and feedback from the initial Point Positive Workshop in spring 2019:

  • 100% of respondents agreed/strongly agreed with the statement: “The workshop provided was worth my time.”
  • 90.1% of respondents agreed/strongly agreed with the statement: “The workshop provided was applicable to my work and provided useful information.”
  • Workshop Feedback Comments:
    • “This was so incredibly helpful and critical for our Grand Canyon community. I know you don't care for mandatory trainings, but I would love to see more outfitters include this in their pre-season orientation. I am so grateful to GCRG & WF for hosting this. I would absolutely love to see more.”
    • “Workshop was very helpful, and seems necessary as an annual or semi-annual event. Would like to see this happen again, and would like to see greater attendance! The river community has limited access / options for management and leadership training within the realm of interpersonal communications, relationship building, and people / team management. So this event was a great option and hopefully it’s only the start.”
    • “As a first year guide and someone who isn’t a "traditional raft guide" it helped me understand that this job will be tough for reasons unrelated to our boats or clients and that I shouldn’t feel alone or afraid to speak up for myself or those around me….”
    • “We spend our trips striving to help our guests feel the magic of the Grand Canyon.  Imagine the magic we can cast when we all feel supported and valued within our own Grand Canyon family.” (BQR Vol 32 #2, “Point Positive: Why We Need This Workshop More Than Ever.”)