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Next-Level Communication Skills Workshop

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How It Works

The Horse Institute's Next-Level Communication Skills workshop is designed to develop individual's engagement competencies, including:

  • Congruence: does what you say match what you feel?

  • Defining objectives and audience needs

  • Organizing content for clarity and convincingness

  • Making a connection -- one-on-one, small group and large audience

  • Managing Q&A -- especially the most challenging questions

This open enrollment program allows participants to interact with peers from other industries who face similar challenges. To ensure quality engagement, the workshop is limited to 16 participants and lasts two days.

2 Day Workshop Includes...

...Clifton Strengths online personal assessment -- completed by each participant and submitted for faculty review in advance of the program.

...Series of 30-minute experiential, goal-oriented exercises led by certified facilitators in partnership with equine faculty.


No prior horse experience required.

No horseback riding involved.

...Activity-by-activity debrief with leadership experts who have successful track records with Fortune 100 companies and the world's best academic institutions. 

...Deep-dive exploration to call out "Aha!" moments, capture insights and draw parallels to the day-to-day work environment. 

...Wrap-up outlining specific action items and behaviors that can transform team productivity and workplace performance.

Today's Reality

Traditional communication and speaker training are a good foundation for learning how to make a presentation, get to the point, prepare effective slides, handle the tough questions, on-camera role play, write a clear letter and run a webinar. While these tips and tools are helpful, they don't necessarily get to the heart of what makes...or effective communicator: how you show up and whether that motivates and inspires those around you to engage fully.

A Fresh Reality

At The Horse Institute, taking communication skills to the next level means learning all you expect from a top-notch communications course taught by seasoned blue-chip managers...and more. The horses give honest and unfiltered feedback on your intention, energy, non-verbal communication skills and how congruent you are: is what you are saying consistent with what you feel?


Eye-Opening Results

Participants and their employers consistently report that communication skills coaching at The Horse Institute takes them to a whole new level of awareness, intention and connection that can lead to career-changing results.

What Next?

To explore a Next-Level Communication SkillsWorkshop for your team and book a date, contact Marie-Claude Stockl at 518-929-7202.

Note:  No prior horse experience required. No horseback riding involved.

"I learned to remember the horse (i.e., client/vendor). Open my peripheral vision. Be aware of other team members, even the quiet ones (the horse)."


A Fresh Eyes Experience from Start to Finish...


The Horse Institute's Fresh Eyes experience extends beyond the equine classroom to your:


Book your stay just minutes from The Horse Institute at the contemporary Inn at Pine Plains on Main Street, or local B&Bs. We're happy to offer suggestions and assist you with booking.

Farm-to-Table Dining

Suppliers to NYC's best restaurants surround The Horse Institute. Local chefs trained in France and at the Culinary Institute of America prepare the meals served on site.

Around the Corner and Across the Globe

The Horse Institute is located on 30 scenic acres in the historic Hudson Valley of New York, about 100 miles north of New York city and easily accessible from:

  • Around the Corner: Drive from any point in the New York City metro area, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

  • Across the Globe: Fly into any New York City metro area airport: LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International; as well as surrounding Hudson Valley airports: Albany International, Stewart International.

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Anchor 1


Experiential Learning with Horses

  • Great migration

  • Horse pockets

On-Camera Practice

  • Role play and constructive feedback



On-Camera Practice

  • Role play and constructive feedback

Experiential Learning with Horses

  • Finish line

  • Debrief

Day 1:  Authentic Communication

Day 2:  Intentional Communication


Experiential Learning with Horses

  • First impressions

  • Connecting, meet and greet

Introduction to Non-Verbal Communication

  • What is your body language telling?



Experiential Learning with Horses

  • Appendages

  • Field of dreams

Communication Tools

  • Get to the point

  • Active listening and questions

  • Assignment

Day 1:  Performance Outcomes

  • Assess how you show up and how that impacts your audience

  • Communicate clearly

Day 2:  Performance Outcomes

  • Confidence as a presenter

  • Control over Q&A

                                                                          *Subject to modification

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