Professional development sessions continue in Liverpool

SUNY Oswego, the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and the Liverpool Public Library have partnered to offer a “Brown Bag Lunch and Learn” professional development program free for employees of local businesses and members of the Liverpool chamber.

On Jan. 26, the kickoff to the four-part series brought 15 employees from various area businesses to the Liverpool Library where Paula Behm from SUNY Oswego helped participants understand how the little things in life can become overwhelming. She discussed the advice of Richard Carlson, author of the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series.

“When you expect too much from life, that people will always do or act precisely as you want them to, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment that can add to stress and conflict,” Behm said. “Changing your expectations about others, even slightly, can help you to focus on the big important stuff, and reduce your stress.” 

Feedback was positive, with participants stating the program was “excellent and motivating,” and that they are looking forward to the next session, Behm said.

The next three sessions will continue to focus on reducing conflict and stress while at work and will take place in the Carman Meeting Room of the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 9 and 23 and March 9.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch. The Liverpool chamber will provide a beverage and dessert.

Registration is required by calling the chamber at 457-3895 or e-mailing Seating is limited to the first 25 reservations.

The SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development is dedicated to partnering with business, government and nonprofit organizations to develop and deliver customized employee training based on current and future business needs. Its mission, “Your Success Is Our Business,” focuses on bottom-line results.

For more information about the institute, call 312-6430, e-mail or visit

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(Posted: Feb 01, 2006)