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GCC Workshops

The Global Communication Center offers a range of workshops throughout the semester. Click here for a complete list of all of our workshop topics.

All GCC workshops are free and open to all CMU students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff. These workshops are appropriate for students at all levels of study, in the sciences and humanities. All workshops are held in IDEATE Studio A in the Hunt Library. 

We have concluded our fall workshop series. Recordings of previous workshops can be found here.

We are excited to announce our workshop lineup for 2017. Registration for February workshops has begun.

Creating a Novel Contribution in your 3MT Presentation February 2, 2017

This workshop will help you explain your dissertation research in a compelling way for the 3MT competition. Successful 3MT presentations balance technical content with audience considerations. In this workshop, you will learn a series of moves to help frame your research, focus on the most compelling aspects of the work, and make a strong case for your work's importance to non-specialist audiences.

During the workshop, participants will draft a script and receive feedback from fellow attendees to better refine their understanding of how to distill their research for different audiences.

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Achieve Clear and Concise Writing
February 8, 2017

Have you ever been told that your writing is too wordy? Concision is a core principle of effective communication. Writing that clearly and directly emphasizes the bottom line helps readers easily and efficiently understand your main point. This workshop offers several simple and effective strategies to improve the concision and clarity of your writing. The strategies in this workshop are appropriate for all academic disciplines.

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Making Beautiful Slides (That Work)
February 16, 2017

It is easy to look at a presentation slide and appreciate that it is professional, effective, and aesthetically pleasing. It is much harder to create that slide yourself. In this brand new workshop run by visual designer Dr. Suguru Ishizaki, you will learn how to make expertly professional and “beautiful” slides. Dr. Ishizaki will give you implementable strategies, like alignment, consistency and information hierarchy, and help you practice visualizing difficult concepts.

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Team Communication Part I: The Fundamentals of Managing Team Projects
February 22, 2017

Teamwork is central to professional life, but most students don't know how to manage a team project so it flows smoothly. This workshop will teach you how to create a teamwork infrastructure that will help you avoid the most common team problems. You will learn strategies for structuring your collaboration, especially on group documents. This workshop will also cover effective strategies for talking with your teammates when problems do occur.

The advice in this workshop is based on Dr. Wolfe's research interviewing hundreds of students and professionals about their team experiences and practices.

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Team Communication Part II: Handling Difficult People and Situations
March 1, 2017

Even if you do everything “right” on a team project, you can still encounter difficult people and difficult situations.  This workshop teaches you to approach difficult team situations in a way that is most likely to give you positive results. 

You will learn:

  • Strategies for confronting dismissive or aggressive teammates

  • How to respond to teammates who produce poor quality work

  • How to advocate for a particular role on a project

We will cover both what to say - and what not to say - in tense situations.

Maximizing the Impact of your Cover Letter
March 9, 2017

The job application cover letter is your first impression on a potential employer. As a result, this high stakes document is often very difficult and stressful to write. This workshop covers three tips to writing a cover letter that persuades employers you are the ideal candidate for the position. We will go over several examples, and you can learn words and phrases to construct an effective cover letter.

Designing Effective Research Posters
March 22, 2017

In this workshop we will discuss principles for creating effective scientific research posters. You will learn visual design principles to create a compelling and memorable research poster that tells a visual "story" about your research project and findings. 

Presentation Skills
March 30, 2017

Creating an Engaging Presentation

Have you ever sat through a tedious or confusing presentation? This workshop will help you create effective oral presentations that present your research in a clear, engaging and memorable way. We will discuss:

  • Strategies to convey your presentation’s bottom line

  • Innovative research on designing visually effective PowerPoint slides

  • Public speaking techniques for effective verbal delivery

This popular workshop is appropriate for students at all levels of study, in the sciences and humanities.

Punctuation Strategies: Practical Grammar to Clarify your Writing
April 6, 2017

Grammar handbooks offer dozens of complex punctuation rules. We distill these rules into a handful of simple principles that are easy to apply to your writing. This workshop will teach you how to correctly and effectively use three crucial punctuation tools: commas, semicolons, and colons. This practical grammar knowledge will help you write clearly so readers can easily understand your writing. No prior grammar knowledge necessary!

Making the Case for your Research in your Introduction and Abstract
April 12, 2017

This interactive workshop will teach you four "moves" that showcase how your research is an essential contribution to the field, in the sciences or humanities. Learn how to:

  • Transform your research into a compelling narrative

  • Highlight the impact and innovation of your work

  • Appeal to a non-specialist audience

  • Structure the introduction and abstract of your article 

This workshop will focus on the introduction and abstract of your journal article, but these well-established moves can also be applied to presentations, application materials, grant proposals, and more. 

Writing an Effective Literature Review
April 27, 2017

A literature review synthesizes relevant past literature to connect your work to the broader field. It also builds your credibility by showing your familiarity with major developments and trends in the field. However, it is easy for the literature review to become a “data dump” that overwhelms your reader with extraneous or irrelevant information. This workshop will give you strategies and language to connect research into trends and put studies in conversation with each other. We will look at strong and weak examples and focus on the language they use. This workshop is appropriate for students in the sciences and humanities, writing literature reviews in journal articles, research papers, dissertations/theses, and more.

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