Tuesday Topic Seminars

Preventing Gossip in the Workplace - Leave the Grapevine to the Vintners

Date: Tuesday, September 19th 

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

Location: Jefferson City Chamber - 213 Adams Street, Jefferson City

Cost: $10/person

Speaker: Elaine Bode-Oliver, MO Department of Health & Senior Services

Click Here to register for the seminar.

Topic: Preventing Gossip in the Workplace - Leave the Grapevine to the Vintners

An engaging conversation can occur when tackling the thorny issue of "news" versus "gossip" and the fine line separating them.  Understanding how the extent of a little lie or gossip can affect an organization is important!  Also, one must consider that gossip is all pervasive; existing in all workplace situations; and that most employees are involved in some kind of gossip at one time or another.  This program examines whether gossip in the workplace is really bad and if so, how to get oneself and others out of the clutches of gossip or how to commandeer gossip for workplace effectiveness. 

Topics to be discussed:

  • Examine 'motives' behind sharing office news versus gossip
  • Discuss destructive nature and consequences of office gossip
  • Discover actions/techniques/policies to minimize occurrences of gossip  

2017 Tuesday Topic Seminar Schedule:

  • February 21 - Increase Your Sales
  • May 2 - The Power of Speaking with Confidence
  • August 1 - Achieving Service Excellence
  • September 19 - Preventing Gossip in the Workplace - Leave the Grapevine to the Vintners

Monthly "Tuesday Topic" Benefits Small Businesses

Tuesday Topics are seminars presented by the Chamber's BEST Committee (Business & Entrepreneur Support Team - formerly the Small Business Resource and Development Committee).  They are open to Chamber and non-Chamber members.  Registration fee varies per seminar.  Watch the Chamber's Calendar of Events for upcoming Tuesday Topics!

Ryan Barker, director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health was the guest speaker during the Tuesday Topic seminar - Understanding Health Care Reform.  Over 40 small business owners and individuals came to the Chamber to hear additional information and have a better understanding of the health care reform.  Barker told the group this was the 115th presentation given from all of the state since May 2010, shortly after President Obama signed the national Affordable Care Act into law.

The Missouri Foundation for Heath is planning to host workshops on this topic at a later date.  The Chamber plans to collaborator with the foundation in promoting these workshops.   For further information or to contact the Missouri Foundation for Health, go to: www.mffh.org.


Cathy Atkins, Sandler Training, presented 25 Ways to Mine for New Business in the Current Economy.  Cathy donated all proceeds from the seminar to the Energy Assistance Program which assists low-income households in Central Missouri in maintaining utility services.  This program is overseen by the United Way of Central Missouri and administered by the Salvation Army.

Thank you William Woods University Graduate & Outreach Studies for hosting the September Tuesday Topic.


"The Chamber offers a variety of seminars that are educational, informative, interesting and helpful to small business.  These seminars give me the opportunity to learn new things, meet new people and interact with other chamber members to see how other businesses are doing.  I believe that you can never stop learning, and these seminars allow me to do that while staying involved with our community." -

Kristi Kemna, Kemna Collision Repair, LLC 


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