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Illinois State Insights webinar: Feeding the elephant in the room

Thursday, August 4 , 11:00 am 12:00 pm

The Illinois State University Alumni Association believes in lifelong learning and career development even after graduation. Take advantage of these free webinars and live streams as they fit into everyday life to continue to learn and grow together as Redbirds. Be sure to register in advance to gain access to the webinar.

You see the giant footprints the moment you walk through the door. The conference room is a swirling mess of tension, heaviness, anxiety, and peanut shells. Something is very wrong with your team. Everybody knows it, but nobody is talking about it.

It’s obvious there’s an elephant in the room.

No matter what type you’re dealing with, executive coach Sarah Noll Wilson knows your elephant is not there by accident. It was created, and someone has been feeding it. Is it you? One of the most important steps to having difficult conversations is understanding why we avoid them in the first place. Bringing over a decade of experience and research, author Sarah Noll Wilson will share patterns of avoidance, explore common reasons, and give tips for how we can show up differently.

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define the Elephant in the Room
  • Explain the different elephant types
  • Identify common stress responses
  • Describe three types of avoidance
  • Explore a best practice when starting difficult conversations


Thursday, August 4
11:00 am – 12:00 pm