Discover New Insights with Appreciative Inquiry

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club - Falmouth, Maine


  • Available to presenters and other complimentary members.
  • Available to employees of companies with a Corporate Bundle. For your registration code, please see your company's bundle administrator.
  • Available to members who have paid for membership and breakfast in advance.
  • Available to members with active annual memberships


Please join us on

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

7:15 am    Coffee and networking
7:30 am    Buffet breakfast
8:00 am    Meeting begins
8:05 am    Presentation begins
9:20 am    Announcements
9:30 am    Meeting adjourns


Janet Edmunson will demonstrate how you, as a training professional, can discover new insights by applying the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach.  AI goes beyond problem solving and root cause analysis to discover new possibilities.  You’ll explore how AI can be used to enhance employee engagement, build a positive culture, develop new organizational strategies and lead to higher performance.  When you apply this new process with leaders, employees or your training department team, they’ll discover a positive transformation to problems of the past and opportunities for the future.

These techniques could be used in many aspects of a training professional’s role, including facilitating strategic discussions and when facilitating training with dysfunctional teams or departments. 

Janet will use many interactive activities for participants to actually practice AI with various scenarios so training professionals feel comfortable and prepared to use them immediately when they return to work.  


At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and describe how the AI process can lead to new insights beyond those derived from standard brainstorming or problem solving
  2. Practice and demonstrate the AI technique for one common performance improvement issue such as developing better team cohesion
  3. Create positive AI questions within breakout groups for a variety of issues that training professionals often need to address in the workplace, such as goal attainment, optimizing strengths, turning pressure into performance, rapid recovery from setback, and meetings that make a difference.


Janet Edmunson

Janet Edmunson’s presentations are a wonderful composite of experience, research and practical application that touches and transforms organizations and individuals.  Participants in her programs rave about her authentic and engaging style as well as the practical tips they learn. 

Janet, President of JME Insights, has 30 years of leadership experience which includes being a manager in a Fortune 50 company (Georgia-Pacific Corporation) and a Director in a leading health insurance organization (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts).  She has also worked for small to mid-sized businesses as well as non-profit organizations. Training and education have been a part of every job Janet has had.  While still working full-time, Janet took care of her husband, Charles, during the five years he fought a rare neurological disease and authored a book about their experience, Finding Meaning with Charles.

Janet is a recent past Chair of the Board of Directors for The Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Diseases and currently on the Board of Trustees for the Employee Ownership Foundation. Janet has a Master's degree from Georgia State University and is a member of the  National Speakers Association.  

Registration is required by the end of day Wednesday prior to the event.

Weather Policy: In the event of bad weather, if the Falmouth schools are closed, the event will be cancelled.

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