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Fall 2014 Program Offerings


Is Your Power Point Your Pain Point?
Trisha Griffin-Carty, Communications Coach, Griffin-Carty Communications

You have an upcoming presentation, one with high stakes. You know you need to get your message across clearly and concisely. What is your first step? If it is to open up a blank PPT deck and start creating slides, read on!

Visuals—the right visuals--not only support content but also engage the audience in a way that straight text cannot. PowerPoint presentations frequently overuse both text and images as substitutes for the presenter’s knowledge and insights.

The good news? Creating an effective PPT deck can be accomplished by following a few basic guidelines, the most important being how to choose the most relevant points for your audience from a sea of data.

Learn how to use PPT to deliver a message your audience will remember by:

  • Creating attention-grabbing slide “headlines” that make the reader want to know more
  • Replacing text with visuals for expanded audience interpretation
  • Creating a storyboard for an actual presentation

Take the plunge and discover new ways to make PowerPoint work for you

Thursday, October 9, 2014
10-12
Walsh Hall Function Room

University-wide Competencies
Communication and Continuous Learning

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What’s Your Type? Seminar on the MBTI
Pat Touzin, Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, Human Resources

When you are considering a new project at work, do you begin by writing a few plans on your own? Or do you like to think out loud and generate ideas with others? Do you  keep your desk free of clutter? Or do you find that files and papers tend to cover your desk by the end of the working day? When you are trying out a new software application, do you like to read all of the directions first, or do you prefer to plunge right in and learn by doing? If you think back to some of your most treasured workplace experiences, what was the source of energy, enjoyment, and fulfillment for you?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a tool for assessing the differences among people that naturally have an impact on our approaches to planning, organizing, and completing projects, whether at work or at home. As we identify our preferences, we become aware of the strengths and talents we have developed. This awareness enables us to recognize and to create opportunities to use our gifts. Using our gifts is the source of renewed energy, focus, and fulfillment in our lives. 

Throughout the workshop, you will learn the concepts of the MBTI by working with the profile of your own type results.

The MBTI is an easy to use questionnaire of 126 short questions, to which there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Upon registration, you will be sent a copy of  the instrument and answer sheet. Completion and scoring the instrument is a critical prerequisite to workshop participation.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
9-1 (light lunch provided)
Walsh Hall Function Room

University-wide Competencies
Continuous Learning, Teamwork, Communication, Valuing Diversity

 

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Myer-Briggs Type Indicator: Workplace Applications
Pat Touzin, Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, Human Resources

Now that you know your type and have a basic understanding of the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, how do you take this information and use it in a real-world way? In this program, you explore how such awareness of personal preferences and the natural range of preferences in any group can be applied to foster stimulating and rewarding work experiences.

Completing a MBTI workshop is a prerequisite.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
9-12
Walsh Hall Function Room

University-wide Competencies
Continuous Learning, Teamwork, Communication, and Valuing Diversity

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