Half Day Workshops


 

Using Power Point and Other Visual Support:  Computer-aided presentations are now the norm in business.  Learn when and how to use computer aided visuals to really make your presentations stand out.  In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • The reason people attend  presentations
  • How to avoid an over-reliance on visuals.
  • How our brains react to visual cues, including the written word
  • Simple rules and design guidelines for power point slides
  • How to make your message unforgettable with visuals
  • How to change your delivery to make the most of your visuals
  • When to use visuals support other than Power Point
  • When you should present with no visuals

 

 

 

Getting the Most from E-mail: Are you getting the best from your e-mail, or is it getting the best of you? Research indicates that the average executive gets 200 e-mails a day! Getting the right message to the right person at the right time is more challenging and complex than ever. Technologies such as email, tweeting, and texting, make communication easier and faster, but it is also easier for those same messages to get lost or misunderstood. If you find that you: get no response, get less than you asked for, or  receive e-mails that you don’t need or don’t understand, you will benefit from this workshop. You will learn how to:

  • Design a clear, concise message that readers will understand and respond to
  • Use the Subject Line to ensure that receivers open your e-mail
  • Make sure each e-mail hits its mark, including those to younger, older, male, female,  more senior and more junior readers
  • Use the right “tone of voice” without using emoticons
  • Stop over-using e-mails.  Learn when to visit, call, or send a letter instead

 

 

 

Business Writing and Grammar Refresher:  Who did such a great job on this work:  me, myself or I?  Trying to put ideas down on paper can frustrate even the best writers.  We know what we want to say, but we can’t always find the right words or form effective sentences.  We can’t always remember the grammar and punctuation rules.  Grammar, punctuation and spelling are important; mistakes often lead to misunderstanding and reduce our credibility. This workshop will review basic grammar and help you to develop the confidence you need to write well.  You’ll learn:

  • How to write sentences that are clear, concise and complete
  • Easy rules of punctuation
  • Techniques for correct spelling
  • How to use the right word at the right time – including those words often confused with one another!
  • Use lively, active words
  • Use “inclusive language” – he or she, his or hers – correctly
  • Tips for proofreading and catching mistakes before you click "send"

 

 

 

 

How to Talk to the Other Sex: Gender and Communication: “She never says what she means!” “He just doesn’t get it!”  Men and women work together every day, but often talk at cross purposes.  We assume we communicate in the same way, yet there are significant differences between male and females styles. This can result in lower productivity and lost opportunities.  The good news is that once we understand a “style” of communication, we then can express ideas clearly, be understood, be more productive, and have better business relationships.  In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How cultural conditioning affects the way men and women communicate
  • Stereotypes and perceptions about how men and women communicate – some are accurate and some are not
  • Why most  men don’t like to talk about personal things at work, and why most women do
  • How differences in talking about problems can create obstacles to problem solving at work, and how to overcome them
  • Why women sometimes perceive men as rude, and men sometimes perceive women as weak
  • How to communicate in a way that is clear and understandable to both genders