Workshop: Structured Thought and Communication
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When: Monday, March 26, 2018
12 - 4 pm
Where: Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway SE
Atlanta, Georgia  30339
United States
Presenter: Mike Figliuolo
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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Workshop: Structured Thought and Communication

Advance Registration DeadlineFebruary 5, 2018


If you want to get to “yes” efficiently and effectively, this course is exactly what you need. Learn a method for defining and analyzing an idea as well as how to successfully create, communicate, and gain support for initiatives through the application of an efficient, effective analytical approach. Mike Figliuolo’s book The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved is based on this highly-rated program.

Participants learn how to:

  • Create and define a “core idea” they want to get support for
  • Build logic to support that “core idea”
  • Define the analyses required to support that “core idea”
  • Draft and discuss their “story” with key stakeholders
  • Package their “story” in a variety of formats (presentation, memo, email, etc.)

The course consists of instructor-introduced concepts and practical application exercises. The target audience for this course consists of individuals in analytical or persuasive roles at mid- to senior levels of corporations (e.g., analysts, managers, mid-level executives). The value of this course to the participants and to the organization as a whole are:

  • Clearer communications leading to more efficient and effective decision making and reduced decision making time
  • More efficient analysis and less re-work which leads to higher productivity
  • Crisper thinking which eliminates low-value work and prevents pursuit of low-value ideas


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Continuing Education Credit

This program is approved for 3.5 hours of SHRM PDC/HRCI CEU credit.



Mike Figliuolo

Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Mike Figliuolo graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was an honor graduate and a Distinguished Cadet. He graduated in the top 5% of his class. He served as an Armor officer in the U.S. Army in roles including Tank Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Squadron Personnel Officer and ROTC Instructor at Duke University.

He next joined McKinsey & Co. and served clients on issues of strategy, M&A, cost reductions, and growth. Mike was also an executive at Capital One where he was responsible for over $1B in collections. Mike’s most recent roles were VP at Scotts LawnService where he led acquisitions, strategy, technology, customer service, and franchise operations. Previously, he was VP, Strategic Planning Scotts Miracle-Gro where he helped set the company’s strategic direction.

Mike founded thoughtLEADERS – a leadership development training firm – because he believes practitioners make the best instructors and because he has a passion for people development. He was named the Columbus, Ohio Small Business Leader of the Year, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Leadership Experts in the world in Inc. Magazine.

He is the author of three books. One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership helps leaders define their personal leadership philosophy. Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results shows leaders how to better allocate their energy across their team members to achieve great results. The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved covers a tried and true method for getting your ideas across in an efficient and effective way.




Advance Registration Deadline: February 5, 2018
Cancellation Deadline: March 19, 2018

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Cancellation Deadline: March 19, 2018

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