Ponoka business owners benefit from well-known speaker’s workshop

From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kinsmen Community Centre on Monday, Mar. 23, North America’s top consultant on finding and keeping great staff, Dr. Denis Cauvier, gave a practical workshop titled “Boost your Bottom Line” to a crowd of roughly 50 eager and open-minded onlookers.

Cauvier is the president of Dr. Denis L. Cauvier Seminars International and the best selling author of seven strategy-based books. With over 20 years of practical experience as a consultant, professional speaker and trainer, Cauvier has personally conducted over 5,3000 selection interviews and has appeared on an array of television business programs and over 100 radio talk shows with over 60 million listeners worldwide.

He has published numerous articles in national and international trade and has spoken and consulted with over one million people across Canada, the United States and 43 additional countries and is internationally recognized as a results oriented ‘turn-around’ Human Resources (HR) consultant. In addition to his highly impressive resume, Cauvier is a charismatic, passionate speaker who captured everyone’s attention and retained it for the entire afternoon.

The afternoon, which included a free workshop made possible by Employment Placement and Support Services, Alberta Employment and Immigration and the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce, shared useful information with local employers – important information even though the current economic situation is weighing on the minds of many.

“Despite the onslaught of negative economic news, many employers are still finding it challenging to recruit and retain GREAT people,” Cauvier told those in attendance – GREAT serving as an acronym for goal oriented, reputable, enthusiastic, attitude and tenacity all important qualities one looks for when hiring. Cauvier’s workshop explored the real cost of high employee turnover which is becoming an increasing popular issue – especially in rural Alberta communities who are losing employees to larger cities or neighbouring provinces, methods of how to attract the best applicants, and how to simplify and enhance the selection process along with how to become an employer of choice making the process even simpler. He also spoke about the powerful and important methods of welcoming new staff and proven low cost/high impact methods to keep staff productive and happy, ultimately greatly reducing turnover and costs as previously discussed.

The hours went by quickly and everyone walked away with strategies on how to better their businesses.

“I’m a firm believer in benefits of bringing educational venues to the community so there was no hesitation when this offer came to the chamber,” said manager, Barry Neath. “We knew this would be something businesses in Ponoka and the surrounding area would enjoy coming to and overall, the event was a success.”

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