Fall 2018 Communication & Writing Classes

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Crucial Communications & Navigating Difficult Conversations

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
November 6 to December 4
Campus Center 804 (11/13 in CC 904)

Crucial communications take place every day in our work. You know the type—conversations where there are high stakes, differences of opinion, and strong emotions. How can we handle those difficult conversations? In this five-session class, we will identify conversations that are keeping you from your desired results, and help you learn how to speak persuasively, but not abrasively, which makes it safer for others to share their opinions. We will help you choose your own responses in a difficult conversation, while we practice active listening, healthy conversations, and communicating across differences when emotions run high. This class could help you improve teamwork, effectiveness, and communications at work and beyond. Leslie Fraser, instructor    

Writing with Power and Persuasion

Tuesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
October 16 to November 6
Campus Center 805 on 10/16, 904 on 10/23, & 804 on 10/30 and 11/6

Powerful writing can be a vehicle for change! In this four-session writing workshop, we will focus on writing that is clear, persuasive, and to the point. We will review the basic rules for good writing, powerful words, and media to get your message out. Participants will work on their own workplace writing projects, receive feedback, and leave the class with at least one piece of edited writing ready for a departmental newsletter, e-blast, or publication. If you are working on a project, bring it to class. Leslie Fraser, instructor

Beginning Conversational Workplace Spanish

Class Meets Twice a Week, Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 2 to November 1
Dickinson Room 210

Our very basic conversational class will help you break down language barriers and communicate better with your Spanish-speaking co-workers and friends in the community. We’ll go slow and focus on in-class practice speaking. We’ll also explore some aspects of Hispanic culture and check online learning resources in this easy and fun class. Note: This class meets twice a week for five weeks. Fran Fortino, instructor

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