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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. Recordings of previous workshops can be found here.

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 are excited to announce our workshop lineup for Spring 2017. Registration for February workshops is now open.

Team Communication Part II: Handling Difficult People and Situations
March 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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. Pizza provided. 
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
  • What to say - and what not to say - in tense situations

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Maximizing the Impact of your Cover Letter
March 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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. Pizza provided.

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Designing Effective Research Posters
March 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm

This workshop provides advice on designing effective scientific research posters.  We will teach you some basic – but effective – visual design principles to create a compelling and memorable research poster.  This workshop will help you create a persuasive visual "story" or narrative about your research project and findings. We will also discuss and critique several strong and weak examples of scientific posters.

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Presentation Skills
March 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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.

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Punctuation Strategies: Practical Grammar to Clarify your Writing
April 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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. This workshop will be especially useful for Non-native English speakers with high levels of fluency who want to push their sentence complexity to the next level. Pizza provided. 

Making the Case for your Research in your Introduction and Abstract
April 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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. Pizza provided. 

Writing an Effective Literature Review
April 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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. Pizza provided. 

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