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Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by midlet2013 » Tue, 27 Aug 2019 9:47 pm

I want to work on improving communication skills with people, mainly small talk kinda stuff and manage stakeholders and senior folks.

Are they any tips or workshops or online courses which can help me.

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Re: Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by shunkwugga » Wed, 28 Aug 2019 4:31 am

I know udemy and coursera have some courses like this, as does linkedin learning. Youtube probably has thousands but no telling the quality. Toastmasters club is good resource for group and public speaking experience.
Most community colleges in the US have good courses on it as well, not sure about SG.
Some other places to check-
Edx.org
Skillshare
Mooc
Saylor.org
Mit opencourseware
Stanford online
Futurelearn
Openlearn
Harvardx

Can also look at things like meetup to find local groups that might be focused on what you are looking for.

Good luck!
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Re: Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 28 Aug 2019 4:47 am

Um... well, ya know... I think I might... um... you know... know about some courses... and or... maybe managing steak holders... although I usually just... um... cough... do my steaks on the grill... and so... well... it's sort of like... you know... well... I'm kinda good at making small talk... I make the best small talk all the way around... and i know that I should be asking you about you... so... what do you think about me... as for the senior folks... well... um... they're old... they won't... er... remember anything any how... but and if you want my... um... recommendations for um... er... public speaking... well... I'm a... cough... professional and can provide you with... um... many tips.

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Re: Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by PNGMK » Wed, 28 Aug 2019 9:59 am

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Re: Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by midlet2013 » Fri, 30 Aug 2019 1:37 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 4:47 am
Um... well, ya know... I think I might... um... you know... know about some courses... and or... maybe managing steak holders... although I usually just... um... cough... do my steaks on the grill... and so... well... it's sort of like... you know... well... I'm kinda good at making small talk... I make the best small talk all the way around... and i know that I should be asking you about you... so... what do you think about me... as for the senior folks... well... um... they're old... they won't... er... remember anything any how... but and if you want my... um... recommendations for um... er... public speaking... well... I'm a... cough... professional and can provide you with... um... many tips.
Is is this supposed to be funny or sarcastic or helpful ?

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Re: Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by midlet2013 » Fri, 30 Aug 2019 1:38 pm

PNGMK wrote:
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 9:59 am
SMU and SIM
Thank You. I am quite okay at communication etc. Just wanna have a positive impact on people I mentor and be successful.

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Re: Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by Strong Eagle » Fri, 30 Aug 2019 9:26 pm

midlet2013 wrote:
Fri, 30 Aug 2019 1:38 pm

Thank You. I am quite okay at communication etc. Just wanna have a positive impact on people I mentor and be successful.

In that case, the ability to listen, without judgement or projection, will serve you most well. It's not an easy task as most of us are already thinking about the response we are going to make, even before the other person has finished speaking.

I judge that most people are far more receptive to advice when they discover it for themselves. Many good people like to 'counsel', tell others how it should be, or start with, 'here is something you can try.' And yes, there are times when such things are appropriate.

But more often, the use of leading questions to draw another person out, to get them to go deeper, is usually a more successful way of mentoring others. You're the expert by guiding, not telling. Avoid asking 'why'? It only leads to judgement answers.

Example: Someone comes to you after blowing up at a coworker for not completing their assignment properly, a failure which also impacted the person who is talking to you.

Response 1 (non mentoring from you): Yeh, I hear ya. That's not such a good idea to blow up at people at work. Here's what I do in situations like that... blah blah blah blah.

Editorial comment: When you interact with someone in this manner, you set yourself up as the expert, you put yourself one up with the other, even if that is not your intention. And you've given advice that may or may not be correct, for you may not know the whole story.

Response 2(mentoring from you): Hey... I know you don't normally react like that. What made you go off the rails like that this time? What could you have done differently and still made the point about the importance of the assignment? Was there something else going on in your life that might have been underlying the way you acted? What would be an appropriate course of action now?

Editorial comment: Now you are creating an environment for self discovery. You are the expert, and it shows in the manner in which you permit the other person to make discoveries about themselves through your insightful and guided questioning. You are now an equal, you can be trusted, you are a mentor.

Even when you are passing on your expertise and experience, another role of a mentor, doing it in a way that creates empathetic connection usually creates a more positive experience and a longer lasting knowledge transfer. Again, questions... maybe, "What makes this stuff important to you?"... and support and encouragement, "I can see from the questions you are asking that you have a real aptitude for this material."

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Re: Any workshops or courses to improve communication

Post by Lisafuller » Sat, 16 Jan 2021 2:58 pm

A very reputable professional speaker and corporate trainer named David Goldwich does communication courses and workshops among other topics. He did some work for my company a few years back with great results. You can find him online or at davidgoldwich.com if I remember correctly.

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