4-hour Facilitated Course

Engaging Colleagues in Dialogue

Monday, March 23, 2020
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo
Philadelpha Convention Center
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    ACS Members             Non-Members       
    Free                               $300                    

Workshop Description

With the speed at which we move, we are used to sending a brief text, or responding with a quick email, often communicating in shorthand. While this works in social situations, it leaves us open to misunderstandings when working on a school assignment, a work project, or a research study.  In these situations, misunderstandings can have disastrous results, leading to projects getting derailed, inefficiencies, misinformation being sent out, and missed deadlines.

Communication underlies everything we do and has a direct correlation to the success of a project. It is one of the most basic and important skills we need to be successful in school, on the job, and in volunteer situations.

Engaging Colleagues in Dialogue is a four-hour, hands-on interactive course that helps you develop your one-to-one communication skills. You will learn how to improve both sides of the communication exchange: first working to understand how to better communicate your messages and second, working on listening and acknowledging others messages. You will even have an opportunity to assess your own communications skills through conversations with colleagues.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn that good communication is truly a two-way street. Without solid understanding and practice, your communications can lead to misunderstandings.
  • Track your own communication skills prior to the workshop, and examine how you performed on the six dimensions of the communications model.
  • Learn three skills that will help you to understand the other person’s intended message better, versus relying on your own interpretation.
  • Learn three skills to help you be better understood.
  • Gain real-life practice and individual advice on what to focus on to improve your conversations.

Whether you are a student, work in a research lab, manage a team of chemists, or teach groups of students, you can see how effective communication skills are central to your ability to complete key tasks, manage projects, and lead teams. Don’t underestimate the value of strong two-way communications and fall into the trap of neglecting your communication skills in a way that hinders your ability to understand and be understood. Register now for Engaging Colleagues in Dialogue.

Who Should Attend This Course?

This course is designed for all members of the Society and non-member chemists. The Engaging Colleagues in Dialogue course is for professionals, academicians, and researchers, as well as undergraduate and post-doctorate students. You will find the communication skills you learn can be immediately applied in your work and school environment as well as in volunteer ACS roles.