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Professional Development Opportunity: High Impact Communication with Dr. Mark L. Winston

March 10, 2014
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Do you want to write so that your message is clear by the first paragraph, and speak in a way that makes your audience look up from their MacBooks and really listen?

Communicating with Impact, lead by Dr. Mark L. Winston, is a one-day workshop presented by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows' Apex Professional Development Program, taking place April 10, 9am - 4pm, room 3050, Harbour Centre, Vancouver. This event is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows only.

In this session you will:

  • Improve your ability to think quickly, speak fluidly, and write clearly under pressure. 
  • Develop brevity, clarity and focus in your spoken and written communications. 
  • Gain confidence in using your unique voice and style with greater proficiency.

Seating in this event is extremely limited. To register please see our websurvey.

More about this Workshop:

To improve speaking skills, this session will work on drawing from personal experiences and expertise in responding quickly and clearly to questions, without preamble or ramble. You’ll develop pacing, organization, voice modulation, volume, body language, audience engagement and eye contact, useful in small committee meetings through formal public speaking.

For writing, we’ll focus on clear thinking, succinctness, simplicity and bringing key messages front and center, using intensive group feedback, editing and revisions. You’ll practice writing for newspapers/magazines, internal memos, strategic plans, press releases and/or web sites.

About the Workshop Facilitator:

Dr. Mark L. Winston, FRSC, is the Academic Director and a Fellow at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue and a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He has facilitated communication workshops for a wide range of organizations and groups such as the Canadian Science Writers Association, Memorial University (Newfoundland) and Havergal College and Hollyhock Educational Retreat Centre.

 Winston has published numerous popular articles in outlets as diverse as  the New York Times, Globe and Mail, Encyclopedia BritannicaThe Sciences, and Orion Magazine, , as well as regular columns in the Vancouver Sun and Bee Culture covering science, nature, environment and bees. He also has published six popular books on bees and environmental issues, and delivered hundreds of lectures on science, environment and education globally.

 


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