The four different communication skills are discussed with an emphasis on listening. If you wish to influence – you first need to understand. Yet most of us don’t know how to listen properly because we’re never taught how. Communication experts estimate only ten-percent of our communication is represented by words, thirty-percent is represented by sounds we make, and 60-percent by our body language. Understanding the four different levels of listening: 1.) Ignoring. 2.) Selective listening. 3.) Active listening. 4.) Meta listening or Intuitive listening. Listening practices and exercises are offered to help improve skills, such as mirroring and learning how to listen with empathy.
Effective networking and Developing Successful Relationships
The first hour is a “mocktail hour” where students experience a simulated professional networking event while rehearsing with Dorothy their two- minute pitch. The second
hour is Q & A with Dorothy including – but not limited to: Networking presence – the proper attire and conversation. Best positioning – at business function with body nuances. Understanding your personal story – and how to leverage it for success. Advocating for yourself – your brand attributes and using “The friendly hustle”. Gracefully ending the conversation and following up – using the “influencing letter” after a networking event. Keeping in touch – strategies for building successful relationships.
It is said our life experiences are only the outer effects of our inner thoughts. We cannot always control our lives, but we can learn to understand and control our thoughts. We will explore different ways of noticing our thoughts, and how to stay in the present moment – not in the past or future- by using simple techniques and skills.
Being a great speaker is more than what you say; it’s how you present yourself. This workshop focuses on how to make a presentation in front of an audience. Effective public speaking includes speaking with proper diction, tone and expression, along with the correct use of body language, and wearing the proper clothing. Public speaking and voice delivery practices are offered.
Managing Successful Change
We all know changing behavior is hard, but what we don’t understand is why it is so, and what we can do about it. This workshop explores the dynamics of change with a diagnostic tool for overcoming resistance. An interactive exercise is offered to identify core assumptions and competing commitments for changing self-defeating behavior in order to become more successful leaders.
The ABC’s of Writing – Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity
How to write clearly and state your position for a specific audience while advocating your cause with short, powerful words and phrases. Understanding internet etiquette and best way to write e-mails and memos with the lead, body and kicker. As well as how to deliver the written words with proper delivery using an exercise of writing and public speaking.
Careers of the Future
This workshop explains why future jobs will be given to people who are storytellers, designers and inventors. As we move from the informational age into the conceptual age, a new world economy is changing where the jobs are. People who understand how narrative impacts business, the subtleties of human interaction, and can detect patterns and opportunities will be able to excel in this new market place.
Turning Adversity into Success
During job interviews the frequently asked question is to explain why you are the most qualified for the job. That is when it is essential to be authentic and convey the lessons you have learned from life. Participants write about an experience that was difficult or painful. Looking at the experience from the outside, what advice would you give yourself, and what were the lessons and benefits? A critique on the written story and presentation follow.
Mindfulness allows us to understand and see how we default automatically to our attachments and aversions. This workshop will explore ways of changing habitual self-defeating patterns. Through self-observation, we can begin to notice our thoughts and then take actions leading to better choices and results. In order to understand how we respond to sensory input through our thoughts, emotions and bodies, simple exercises are offered.