We build managerial, employee &training competence

We design and deliver quality, high-energy, activity-based classroom and virtual learning programs that build skills and change attitudes.

what we do

Do you want your business to be successful?

Laurel and Associates, Ltd. can help you build managerial, employee development and technical skills through the design and delivery of participatory classroom and virtual training programs. We can also teach your trainers how to quickly design and then effectively facilitate high quality skill-building and attitude-changing training programs.

Two Online Options

How to Take Control of Yourself and Your Life!

Dates and times

Tue, September 13, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

Wed, September 14, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

About this event

Are you tired of hiding your feelings and opinions, being overlooked, or always being expected to just go along with whatever others want to do? Do you find it hard to say “no” even when you’re overextended? Do people often take advantage of you?

When we don’t know how to speak up for ourselves in a direct but respectful and assertive way, every personal or business interaction can be frustrating and exhausting.

In this five-session highly interactive workshop, you will explore what it means to be assertive, what happens when we’re not assertive, and why we don’t assert ourselves. You will learn how to behave and communicate assertively. You will gain practical techniques to say “no” when appropriate, realistically evaluate and respond to criticism, recognize and handle manipulation, handle your own and other’s anger, and effectively communicate your feelings, rights, and needs.

We need to recognize and accept that we are worthy of respect. We need to identify and respect our own rights so that we don’t allow them to be trampled- by ourselves or by others. We need to recognize and accept responsibility for our feelings, rights, and needs. And finally, we need to identify the result we desire, take a win/win problem solving approach to achieve it, and follow through on our resolve. This workshop will show you the way.

You have two choices for attending this workshop. The first choice is a noon session. It meets on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm CST beginning September 20th. The second choice is an evening session. It meets on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm CST beginning September 21tst.

Isn’t it time you took control of yourself and your life? If not now, when?


Hiring the Right Person

We have all known employees who shined during an interview but tarnished quickly once on the job. This half-day skill-building participant-centered workshop is designed to assist supervisors and managers in improving their abilities to conduct an effective selection interview.

Date: Thursday, October 6th
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Bridging the Generation Gap

Generational differences can be the root of several issues in a workplace, including misunderstandings, poor customer service, and conflict in work ethics. In this half-day skill-building workshop, participants will utilize interactive exercises to define four different generational cultures, decode generational miscommunications, and recognize and resolve real-life intergenerational issues. Come in with an open mind and ready to learn!

Date: Thursday, October 27th
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Presentation Skills

No matter your field or industry, the ability to be informative and persuasive is essential to presenting yourself well. In this two-day skill-building workshop, participants will use interactive exercises to learn and identify the strategies for an effective presentation. You’ll also learn to identify the four styles of communication, discuss the steps of an effective communication strategy, and list the five essential elements for productive team functioning. Campus lunch will be provided each day.

Date: Thursday – Friday, November 3rd and 4th
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
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Active Listening Skills-Now Hear This!

Becoming an active listener means going beyond just listening. This participant-centered workshop will impart the characteristics of good listeners and active listening skills. Interactive exercises allow participants to analyze and improve poor listening habits and identify techniques to improve these behaviors.

Date: Thursday, November 10th
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
A FREE virtual workshop

How to Deal with Difficult People

Date and time
Saturday, May 21st
11 AM to 2 PM CDT
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About this event

Do you duck around a corner when you see a certain person coming in your direction? Do you try to ignore phone calls from some people? Do you try to steer clear of certain family get-togethers? In other words, do you have difficult people in your life?

We all do, and we can’t always avoid them. So, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to keep your temper and your sanity when you have to deal with them?

Join us for a friendly discussion where you can help each other learn and practice five steps for calming yourself, the other person, and the situation. You’ll find out that dealing with difficult people doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Your facilitator, Deb Laurel, prides herself on providing useful and enjoyable workshops that build important life skills. You’ll be actively involved every step of the way. And you’ll leave this 3-hour workshop able to handle difficult people with confidence.


What You Get

Laurel and Associates, Ltd. of Madison, Wisconsin is a certified woman-owned small business dedicated to building the skills needed for employee, managerial and organizational success. When you work with Laurel and Associates, Ltd. we guarantee the following or your money back:

  • Your subject matter experts will design curriculum in a quick and effective process
  • Your supervisors and employees will gain practical skills that they can use immediately
  • Your trainers will facilitate quality programs that effectively achieve their learning goals
  • Your committees will work collaboratively to achieve their desired results
  • Your managers will develop the competence and confidence they need as leaders
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