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Registration Open for Free Workshop - Your Interpersonal Communication

Contributed by: Jerry Winans
Published: Friday, 06 December 2019 1:30 PM
Registration is open for a free 90-minute workshop, Your Interpersonal Communication, 8 - 9:30 am, Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the Shafer Leadership Academy. Click to register

Workshop Description: We often hear “communication is key to success” in the home environment, work environment and social environment. Often when we focus on “interpersonal” communication the focus is on the words we use, but there is much more to interpersonal communication. There is the sender or the source, which is a person, group, or organization that has a meaning it attempts to share. There is the receiver deciphering and interpreting the message along with the ‘medium’ used to send the message. At times there is ‘noise’ which might alter the message. At some point there is ‘feedback’ from the recipient(s) which should help clarify whether the message sent was sent properly. During person to person communication there are nonverbal factors like body language, verbal cues, voice pitch, tone and rate of speech. This session encourages participants to consider their interpersonal style, to assess if there are differences with their style when engaged with co-workers vs. family members vs. close friends vs. acquaintances. It also suggests we have ‘patterns’ that are established with certain people simply because we anticipate either challenges or enjoyment when engaging these individuals with interpersonal communication. The focus will be on vocal communication.

Learning Objectives:
  • Is your ‘interpersonal’ approach similar with family and friends as it is with co-workers and new acquaintances?
  • Non-verbal is often considered more important than words. Do you have built-in non-verbal gestures with ‘certain’ people or over certain topics?
  • Listening is also key to solid verbal communication. Do you find you listen differently depending on who it is your engaged in conversation with?
  • How often do you ‘check’ your voice pitch, tone and rate of speech and if you do are there differences depending on the co-worker, family member or friend?
Facilitator: Dr Joe Misiewicz, is the Emeritus Chair of the Department of Telecommunications at Ball State, and in addition to many other accomplishments, served as the President and CEO of the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
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Citizens Police Academy

Contributed by: Justin Smith
Published: Tuesday, 03 December 2019 11:30 AM

Citizens Police Academy

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New blog focusing on active learning for fall 2019

Contributed by: Erin Drennan-Bonner
Published: Monday, 25 November 2019 4:30 PM
The Division of Online and Strategic Learning is pleased to present a new university-hosted blog highlighting the efforts, capabilities and services offered by our Research and Development unit. Current posts highlight active learning in the classroom from the varied standpoints of our research and development staff. Learn more.

Seats available in 2 December workshops - Shafer Leadership Academy

Contributed by: Jerry Winans
Published: Friday, 22 November 2019 2:00 PM
You are invited to register for December workshops held by the Shafer Leadership Academy (SLA):

#1: Managing Your Emotional Bank Account (6 pre-paid seats)
Date/Time: Thursday, December 5, 8:30 AM - 12 PM Register in Minicourse
Location: SLA, Innovation Connector, 1208 W. White River Blvd., Muncie

Our emotional energy, like our money, is limited. Everyday we make deposits into other people’s emotional bank account, while others are making deposits and withdraws in our own.

Join us for this session as we explore how to maintain a healthy account, for healthier relationships!

Learning Objectives:
- Gain awareness of how deposits build and repair trust in a relationship while withdrawals lessen trust in relationships
- Define an emotional withdrawal and deposit and what it takes to build up your account as well as the account of others
- Understand that every interaction with another human being may be classified as a deposit or withdrawal.

About the Facilitator: Tisha Gierhart is Shafer Leadership Academy’s Program Director.

#2: It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You (6 pre-paid seats)
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 17, 11:30 AM - 1 PM Register in Minicourse
Location: SLA, Innovation Connector, 1208 W. White River Blvd., Muncie

Many times people try to make an impression at a social gathering or try get noticed for a promotion by passing out business cards or giving their 1-minute elevator speech. If everyone is doing this, then how will others remember YOU? As you create a legacy or professional pathway for yourself, who will know you and what will they say about you?

This workshop will provide attendees with the skills that will help them not only get noticed, but be remembered and talked about after you have left the room!

Learning Objective: Attendees will get suggestions and ideas about:
- Understanding the importance of making a lasting impression.
- Developing a personal and professional theme.
- Creating a Wish List of Who’s Who to Know YOU!
- Practicing Your Personal Swagger.

About the Facilitator: Dr. Terry Whitt Bailey currently serves as Director of Community Development for the City of Muncie.
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