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Poynter-ASNE Essential Skills for New Managers

November 6, 2017
Teaching Date
Dec. 10-15, 2017
The Poynter Institute

Hey, managers: Need a shot of confidence? It’s time to let Poynter and ASNE help you jumpstart your management career.

Maybe you’re an inexperienced manager just starting your new role. Or maybe you’ve got managerial experience but have had little training. In either case, you could use some tools — along with that dose of confidence.

Poynter-ASNE Essential Skills for New Managers will give you both: the tools and confidence to lead and grow a staff of high-performing journalists.

And you won’t have to wait until next year to get it. Responding to newsroom demand, Poynter is once again adding to our annual training schedule a second Essential Skills for New Managers seminar. This edition of the classic Poynter seminar is being presented in partnership with ASNE.


Join veteran newsroom leader Butch Ward, Poynter’s Senior Faculty for Leadership, Editing and Writing; Mizell Stewart III, ASNE President and Vice President for News Operations at Gannett; Robyn Tomlin, Managing Editor of the Dallas Morning News; Ron Smith, Managing Editor for News at USA Today, Al Tompkins, Poynter's Senior Faculty of Broadcast and Online, and other members of the Poynter faculty for a highly-interactive week devoted to helping you master the skills that every manager needs to help their staff reach their potential.

You’ll receive personalized feedback — from your newsroom — about your strengths and challenges. You’ll get help for leading your staff through the transition of becoming digital-first. You’ll get advice for addressing your most pressing concerns with coaching from Poynter faculty, one-on-one.

You’ll return home with confidence and management tools that will begin paying dividends immediately.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Establish your credibility as a leader, even if you are new in your role
  • Provide feedback and coaching that will improve quality and motivation
  • Plan and carry out difficult conversations that get results
  • Use your time to more effectively carry out your responsibilities
  • Build effective relationships with your staff, your peers and your boss
  • Manage people who were once your peers, friends or bosses
  • Focus your staff’s work every day on the audiences you’re trying to reach
  • Lead brainstorming meetings that produce better ideas

Here is a tentative schedule:

Sunday, December 10

4:00 p.m. ~ “The Real Me” and the Road Ahead

7:00 p.m. ~ Group Dinner

Monday, December 11

9:00 a.m. ~ What’s Your Leadership Style? (And How’s It Working for You?)

10:45 p.m. ~ Your ViewPoynt Feedback: How Others See Your Leadership

12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch

1:30 p.m. ~ Why Can't We Do Things My Way? ~ Myers-Briggs® and Management

3:15 p.m. ~ How to Become a Resilient Leader

4:45 p.m. ~ Wrapup

5:00 p.m. ~ Adjourn

Tuesday, December 12

9:00 a.m. ~ The Art of Thinking Critically

10:45 p.m. ~ Becoming a Two-Track Coach: It’s All About Relationships

12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch

2:00 p.m. ~ Speaking of Important Relationships, How About Your Boss?

3:45 p.m. ~ Leadership Lessons I Wish Someone Had Taught Me

5:15 p.m. ~ Adjourn (Evening on your own)

Wednesday, December 13

9:00 a.m. ~ The Power of Teams

11:00 p.m. ~ New Managers and New Ethics: The Power of the Process

12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch

2:00 p.m. ~ Tools for Improving Your Multimedia Storytelling

4:00 p.m. ~ Who’s Missing in Our Coverage—and Why?

5:15 p.m. ~ Adjourn (Evening on your own)

Thursday, December 14

9:00 a.m. ~ Difficult Conversations: Getting Smarter about Conflict

10:30 p.m. ~ Difficult Conversation Boot Camp: Let’s Practice!

12:00 p.m. ~ Lunch

1:30 p.m. ~ Time’s Up: What Are Your Priorities?

3:00 p.m. ~ 1-on-1 Coaching, Writing Personal Develoment Plans

7:00 p.m. ~ Group Dinner

Friday, December 15

9:00 a.m. ~ Your Personal Development Plans

12:00 p.m. ~ Lunch

1:15 p.m. ~ Taking It Home

1:45 p.m. ~ Graduation and closing remarks

2:30 p.m. ~ Seminar Ends

Who Will Benefit:

New managers from digital, broadcast and print organizations. This seminar is also beneficial to experienced managers who have had little or no management training. Employees who are about to be promoted will also be considered for acceptance.

Pricing: $1,395

Special pricing is available for this seminar

  • Some of our members receive discounts on Poynter training. Not a member yet? Learn more about our Poynter Prepared Membership Program and find the plan that’s right for you.


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