Human Resources

Successful organizations are rooted in successful relationships

M.I. helps people find their own motivation to make changes. It is the opposite of being told what to do and how to do it. M.I. activates discussion about change, minimizing talk about staying the same. The skills are specific , measurable and designed to create brief and effective interactions.

The principles of M.I. apply to workplace relationships as well, where helping employees find their own motivation for change can be more effective than employer-driven efforts. Motivational Interviewing principles will help you to think about your employees in a different way, inviting genuine input.

Jonnae Tillman will help you to use this communication style to motivate employees to be ready and willing to go to the next level of collaboration and teamwork.

  • Employee-led supervision
  • Effective meeting facilitation
  • Hiring – real questions, real answers
  • Policy Development – matching actions with values and goals
  • Evidence-based team building
  • Effective and brief disciplinary plans
  • Supporting employees in health & wellness

Training Overview

Many people have seen presentations on Motivational Interviewing, or participated in a half- or one-day training.  While a good introduction to the techniques and spirit of M.I., this level of training is only a start. Jonnae’s training not only gives professionals a thorough understanding of M.I. but also helps them learn how to use the skills in a meaningful, specific and measureable way.

  • Jonnae uses a variety of training formats, customized to each organization’s needs and goals: discussion, lecture, video, written reflection, integration opportunities, practice sessions, small and large group learning
  • Jonnae can speak at conferences, facilitate workshops, present at all-staff or individual team meetings
  • Since preparatory reading and team discussion can occur in advance, Jonnae’s in-person training focuses on practice, not just theory
  • Training sessions can be scheduled over a period of time, accommodating staff availability and allowing the learning to be absorbed and put into practice between sessions
  • Follow-up mentoring in-person or by-phone
  • Jonnae provides specific, measurable feedback on audio/video recordings of real interactions and/or live practices.

Additional Training for Leadership and Supervision:

  • Jonnae’s M.I. training helps organization leadership incorporate Motivational Interviewing into strategies and policies
  • Managers receive coaching on how to model M.I. in their interactions with staff, which in turn encourages staff to use M.I. in their communications
  • Managers will learn how small adjustments in policies, protocols and paperwork can yield significant improvements in engagement
  • Jonnae can provide training on effective meeting facilitation and strategic planning that complements the use of Motivational Interviewing

For more information, or to discuss training options that best match your organization’s goals, please contact Jonnae at, or call 425.359.1937