Professional & Organizational Development

People From Pluto: Effective Communication Strategies

Winter 2018 Course Spotlight

Thursday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($140)

Do you ever feel like you’re talking to people from another planet when you’re at the office? Or maybe you feel like you’re the one from another planet. If you love your job but regularly experience friction with your colleagues, it may be time to examine the dynamics of communication in your organization. This course gives participants tools to understand bosses, colleagues, and staff as well as strategies to refine their own communications style.

Communication problems in the workplace can lead to time-consuming, costly mistakes, not to mention the impact of poor communication on personal relationships. Participants find out how to be more effective and pinpoint areas where they can improve. Whether it’s negotiations, management, or dealing with a difficult boss, this course focuses on finding solutions to overcome what may seem like insurmountable barriers.

Participants use Keirsey Temperament and Myers-Briggs models to determine their communications style and strategize the best way to work with and understand their team members. Activities are designed to build on strengths and turn weaknesses around as participants examine how different personalities function in the workplace and how they can enhance communication and cooperation to minimize conflict.

Instructor: Ellen Langan