Professional Workshops-Details

(in alpha order)

All workshops include supporting material and worksheets.  Times may vary according to your needs.  Contact Hillary for more information.

Change Up! A Roadmap for Negotiating Necessary Career Steps (4-8 hours)

Designed for everyone facing major transitions from graduation through retirement.
Learning outcome:
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to recognize the difference between outward change and internal transitions, and to understand how to successfully navigate the uncertainty of major life changes. Understanding the process of change will allow them to embrace change more positively for greater growth and development in their careers and lives.
Outline:
1.    Consider your options
2.    Have a vision
3.    Act accordingly
4.    Nurture transitions
5.    Get organized
6.    Explain yourself clearly
7.    Understand YOU are the most important piece
8.    Proudly celebrate your accomplishments

Effective Communication: From Awareness to Action (4 hours)

Designed for anyone that needs to learn how to ask and listen to get results.
Learning outcome:
Participants will be able to communicate effectively with others using both verbal and nonverbal communication skills, as well as enhance their ability to listen in order to avoid misunderstandings. Skills developed will support building collaborative relationships that emphasize mutual trust and respect.
Outline:
1.    Getting your message across
2.    Developing rapport by active listening
3.    How to start a conversation and keep it alive
4.    How to ask and get the information you want or, all questions are not created equal
5.    Give effective feedback and get results
6.    5 steps to solving problems productively

Getting Back Your Moxie: Overcoming Writer’s Block (15 tips) (1-3 hours)

Designed for everyone that must write to achieve professional success.
Learning outcome:
Participants will know how to jumpstart any sort of writing project, whether essay, article, book, dissertation, or even fiction and poetry, when they are stuck by eliminating fear of the blank page and getting a maintenance process for keeping the momentum going.
Outline:
1.    Write something, write anything
2.    Stop the critical voices: make new tapes
3.    Start anywhere: your are there
4.    Schedule it—then do it!
5.    Make time to write-15 minutes will do
6.    Treat it like a day job: quit at the end of the day
7.    Find an accountability partner
8.    If computer scares you, doodle on notepad
9.    Look at a picture that relates to your topic as a writing prompt
10.  Take a walk
11.  Record and transcribe
12.  Write in a different environment
13.  Write on 3×5 cards, and rearrange
14.  Remind yourself, “Why am I doing this anyway?”
15.  Celebrate when you finish any part.  Take a break before starting again.
Bonus: Use a coach for accountability; if you find deep-seated issues blocking you, be willing to get therapy (you won’t be the first or the last writer who needs this!)

Handling Stress: From the Inside Out (2-4 hours)

Designed for anyone expressing dysfunctional stress.
Learning outcome:
Participants will learn by the end of this workshop that there are three levels of stress, calm, productive and destructive. They will develop a deeper understanding of the use of productive stress, and will learn practical techniques for managing destructive stress that can then be integrated into their daily lives.
Outline:
1.    Introduction: Stress and illness
2.    What causes stress?
3.    What is stress
4.    Kinds of stress
5.    Impact of stress
6.    Stress management techniques
7.    Categories of stress
8.    Disposing of stress

Landing the job you want: The search process

Designed for graduates leaving school for the first time with little to no familiarity of the job search process and what to expect. (2-4 hours)
Learning outcome:
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to recognize the stages of the job search and have practical tools for tracking their own job search.
Outline:
1.    Explore: What’s your vision for the next stage of your life?
2.    Discover: Opportunity, online, networking v. connecting
3.    Evaluate: Skills, transition, confidence and beliefs (dealing with saboteurs)
4.    Tools: Building a power resume, cover letter, references
5.    Action: Know the interviewer, Interview techniques, follow-up
6.    Succeed: Organize to impress, negotiating the requirements
7.    Celebration and thanking search contributors

Leading by Example: A Guide to Peer Supervision (4-8 hours)

Designed for anyone promoted to managing former colleagues
Learning outcome:
By the end of this workshop, participants will understand their own leadership style preferences, what some of the options are for approaching leadership in their own unique situation, and some of the best skills to have to be a successful leader of a team. They will indentify both strengths and weaknesses in their own leadership style, and determine areas for further development.
Outline:
1.    Mindset, behavior, and results
2.    Back to the source (possible problem areas)
3.    The leadership mindset
4.    Leadership style and choices
5.    Review and application

Organize to Prioritize! The TAFFY System

(8 hours, best offered in two 4-hour segments one or two weeks apart)
Designed for everyone that needs to get a handle on being overwhelmed and workflow.
Learning outcome:
At the end of the workshop, participants will know how to construct a basic system that will work for them with “technology-lite” solutions and an understanding of constructive versus destructive habits of mind.
Outline:
1.    Why having a system makes a difference
2.    How to create a system that suits your style
3.    Rules for deciding whether to keep, toss, or act now
4.    How to fool your brain to help instead of hinder you;
5.    Barriers to success (perfectionism, procrastination, etc.)
6.    Strategies for making every day more manageable.

Promotions with Poise: Confidence Building

Designed for moving up in your career, negotiating the shift from peer to supervisor. (2, 4 or 8 hours)
Learning outcome:
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to recognize how having confidence is necessary to pursuing what they are passionate about so that they can achieve the successes thy imagine for themselves. They will see the connection between inner confidence and outer influence in the world, and understand that they can learn to be more confident.
Outline:
1.    Explore how experiences, surroundings and perceptions can drive their fears and make them feel less confident
2.    Identify their doubts and fears
3.    Recognize that they can choose a perspective that can increase their level of confidence
4.    Gain a new outlook on how to remain in a positive, confident place

Rekindling the Vision: Imagination and Goal Setting

Designed for tenured and untenured faculty, to regain excitement, focus and productivity.
Learning outcome:
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to determine where they currently stand in their lives, and know how to imagine the best possible future for their self.  They will also understand the need to create a strategic plan because imagination without action remains in the realm of dreams.
Outline:
1.    What is visioning?
2.    The value of self discovery
3.    The importance of fun
4.    Making your vision your reality
5.    Ensuring your success
6.    The power of your words, thoughts and beliefs
7.    Feel the burn (maintaining success)

Starting Over, Moving On

Designed for career changers, whether voluntary or forced, to move up and on.
Learning outcome:
Participants will understand that they have more choice than previously recognized and how to create a plan that will use all their resources to get to the next stage of their career and life.
Outline:
1.    What is happening with you right now?
2.    Managing your attitude
3.    Gathering your resources
4.    Visions & goal setting
5.    Creating an action plan
6.    Daily actions
7.    Thoughts to consider: Mastering change without fear

The Success Edge: Emotional Intelligence at Work

Designed for managers at any level and includes negotiating the shift from peer to supervisor.
Learning outcome:
At the end of this workshop, participants will understand the definition of emotional intelligence (EQ) and learn the critical relationship between EQ and communication, influence, relationship building, and leadership in order to improve individual and organizational performance.
Outline:
1.    Definition of EQ; value and impact on human wellness and productivity
2.    Thoughts=Emotions (How thinking affects how we feel)
3.    Naming (and understanding) emotions
4.    Learning to handle emotions (anger/resentment/stress & expectations)
5.    Empathic communication as key ingredient
6.    Learned optimism and why it works
7.    Conclusion and review

Transform yourself: Learning to manage change in any circumstance

Designed for anyone facing major transitions in their life, from school graduation to new career to retirement and beyond.
(Times vary from 2 to 8 hours, depending on numbers and exercises. Best done in 2-4 segments of 2 hours, spaced about two weeks apart.)
Learning outcome:
Participants will be able to recognize the nature of change, both external and internal, and what internal transitions must take place to successfully navigate uncertainty and embrace the process of change.
Outline:
1.    The nature of choice
2.    The nature of fear: flight, flight or freeze.
3.    What we know about neural circuitry
4.    Learning the skill of planning versus living with a plan
5.    The continuing process of revising life mission throughout your life
6.    Building trust in other people, and trust in you: Integrity

Additional workshops for recent graduates and career academics:

Pathways: Living Successfully as an Early Career Academic (4-8 hours)

Designed for junior faculty, learning to balance teaching/research/administrative duties.
Learning outcome:
Participants will take away a clear understanding of the need to keep research and writing at the top of their work agenda in the unique work environment of academia, with its rigid pathways to success and promotion as well as getting some tools for better managing the demands of their lives.
Outline:
1.    Introduction
2.    Issues for new faculty
3.    Change and resilience
4.    EYES on the prize (Health issues)
5.    Pitfalls, or things I wish I had known when…
6.    Organize to prioritize: TAFFY (short version)
7.    The tenure clock
8.    Teaching
9.    Research
10.  Administration/community service
11.   Tips for writing
12.   Summary and conclusion: 7 steps to a fulfilling academic life

Demystifying the Dissertation

Designed for graduate students; this is an overview of what to expect, from picking a topic through final edit after the oral defense. (1-3 hours)
Learning outcome:
Participants will know what to expect at each phase of the dissertation by the end of this workshop, and have some tools for actually getting it finished.
Outline:
1.    Quagmire: Writing the dissertation proposal
2.    Fog of Information: Literature review
3.    Tangled Creepers: Data analysis
4.    Lonely Land: Writing
5.    Arid Region: Editing and rewriting
6.    Boulders and Roadblocks: ABD
7.    Peak of Misery: Oral defense
8.    The end is merely the beginning: Finishing and moving on

Landing an academic job: The search process

Designed for graduates leaving school for the first time with little to no familiarity of the academic job search process and what to expect. (2-4 hours)
Learning outcome:
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to recognize the stages of the academic job search, how it is different from other job searches, and have practical tools for tracking their own academic job search.
Outline:
1.    Places to look for academic work
2.    Staying organized to impress
3.    Considering all factors and abilities
4.    Interviewing and job talks
5.    The notebook method for tracking
6.    CV v. resume: How to construct one

Surviving and Thriving: The Collegial Department (4-8 hours)

Designed for new department chairs negotiating the shift from peer to supervisor.
Learning outcome:
At the end of this workshop, participants will understand the definition of emotional intelligence (EQ) and learn the critical relationship between EQ and communication, influence, relationship building, and leadership in order to improve individual and organizational performance.
Outline:
1.    Definition of EQ; value and impact on human wellness and productivity
2.    Thoughts=Emotions (How thinking affects how we feel)
3.    Naming (and understanding) emotions
4.    Learning to handle emotions (anger/resentment/stress & expectations)
5.    Empathic communication as key ingredient
6.    Learned optimism and why it works
7.    Conclusion and review

Transitioning Your Life

Designed for undergraduates leaving school for the first time. Can be adapted to adults in any stage of their career and life.
(Times vary from 2 to 8 hours, depending on numbers and exercises. Best done in 2-4 segments of 2 hours, spaced about two weeks apart.)
Learning outcome:
Participants will be able to recognize the nature of change, both external and internal, and what internal transitions must take place to successfully navigate uncertainty and embrace the process of change.
Outline:
1.    The nature of choice
2.    The nature of fear: flight, flight or freeze.
3.    What we know about neural circuitry
4.    Learning the skill of planning versus living with a plan
5.    The continuing process of revising life mission throughout your life
6.    Building trust in other people, and trust in you: Integrity
7.    The importance of connections (and it’s not just networking!)
8.    Boundaries and learning to lead your own life

For more information or to reserve a workshop please contact Hillary today.