Best Practices for Collaborative Creativity: Using Neuro-Communication Insights to Foster Innovation In Project Teams
The 21st century has been touted as the age of the brain, with ground-breaking research on how the brain works shedding new light on how we learn, process information and communicate. Findings from recent research can offer insights for persistent business issues, like how to balance creativity and constraint to achieve project goals. The tensions associated with creative work can be further complicated by group dynamics, making innovative project teamwork challenging. This presentation focuses on notable findings from innovation research and the role of humor and other means of navigating stressful interactions. Participants will learn to use what we know about how the brain works to achieve optimal outcomes through collaborative creativity.
Attend to learn:
- How “radical innovators” and “adaptors” approach problems
- Group dynamics that enable creativity and innovation
- Strategies for harnessing conflict for positive results
* Note: Basic information on current project methods, prior training, or issues/ questions identified by the organization/group are requested in advance for appropriate customization of content.
How you can improve internal or external communication by following a few simple but vital steps.
Cost-Cutting Ways to Develop Communication Training That Rocks
This presentation highlights how professional standards, learning outcomes and job-specific tasks undergird a course design that incorporates synchronous and asynchronous e-learning methods, simulation, and gamification. The exemplar of a communication course is shared to clarify the process of developing a training that connects practice to application in a way that is engaging and reflective of real-world situations.
Attend to learn:
- Sequencing learning activities so they build on prior experience
- Strategies to identify competencies linked to situations
- Challenges and Points - Primary “motivational affordances” in gamification
- Using current tools to enhance self-efficacy and transfer of skills
* Note: basic information on current training offerings and identified training needs of the organization/group are requested in advance for appropriate customization of content.
Crisis Communication Workshop
Find out how your organization can avoid a media crisis and what to do if one happens.
Improving Business Communication
This presentation explores the dos and don'ts of business communication, using examples of good and bad communication to demonstrate the best ways and what kinds of information to communicate.
Public Relations Workshop
This presentation explores the fundamentals of public relations, including good speechwriting, how to prepare for a press conference, and creating a strong strategic PR plan.
SNAFU: How Slang Impacts Work Communication
This presentation is about abbreviations and various types of slang (BTW, ttly, LOLZ) that creep into professional communications. The focus of this light-hearted look at social media and other forms of text-based communication is how generational and professional differences can affect messaging. We will address how to approach these trends with professionalism and humor.
Attend to learn:
- Quality “normal” communication based on channels and audiences
- Strategies to discuss expectations with new hires or interns
- Tips for using abbreviations without being a #poser or #totes clueless
* Note: Basic information on current technology use, social media policy, or issues/ questions identified by the organization/group are requested in advance for appropriate customization of content.
Social Media: Preserve Your Authentic Self
Social media networks, especially Twitter and Linked In, are touted as great ways to "sell" your business and yourself and can be very effective in reaching audiences and building your brand. But your messages need to be consistent with who you are and what you do. Learn how to get your message across and create a dialogue with customers or prospective employers while preserving what makes you special.