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Key Takeaways from Designing an Effective Communication Session, for Engineers!

training experience Apr 26, 2019

There’s a difference between “communication” and “effective communication”. Don’t worry, this isn’t one of my key takeaways. Last week I had the pleasure of delivering a workshop on “Effective Communication” to the staff of Senseeker Engineering, Inc. I have to admit that in planning this session, I felt a little intimidated. Their staff consists of highly accomplished and intelligent engineers with advanced degrees. I thought, surely if they’ve made it this far in their careers, they know how to effectively communicate! I wondered how I was going to keep them engaged but then I remembered that everyone, including PhDs, can use a refresher on how important it is to make sure you understand what someone’s trying to tell you by restating it back to them in your own words. It was fun to get the Senseeker staff practicing paraphrasing skills while at the same time getting to know one another by paraphrasing a story around...

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Boundary Setting in the Workplace

training experience Apr 17, 2019

I have been delivering a lot of training lately. Which is great! I have also been getting challenged in my training sessions recently as well. Which is also great. I love it when participants challenge me because it demonstrates that they are really engaged and thinking critically about my content. One of the core pieces of material that I teach around bystander intervention for harassment prevention is the human behavior continuum. The idea is that all of our interactions fall along a spectrum from respectful and professional, all the way down the line to the most egregiously bad behaviors of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation. In a session I delivered recently, someone said to me that they didn’t agree with the idea of the continuum because it is linear, this interpretation insinuates that we will all eventually engage in bad behavior. Another way of thinking about it, is that this continuum is like a slide, a slippery slope that we just can’t help falling down. I...

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