Workshops-Global Communication Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Spring 2016 Workshops

The Global Communication Center will offers several workshops in the Spring semester. These 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. Click here for a list of all of our workshop topics. 

February

Team Communication Part 1: The Fundamentals of Managing Team Projects
Thursday, February 4th, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Hunt Library 106B - IDeATe Studio A

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. Pizza will be provided. 
Reserve your free ticket here.

  

Punctuation as Information Management
Wednesday, February 10th, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Hunt Library 106B - IDeATe Studio A

Grammar handbooks offer dozens of complex punctuation rules. However, if we approach punctuation from an information management perspective, we can 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! Pizza will be provided. 
Reserve your free ticket here.

 

Strategies for Concise Writing
Wednesday, February 17th, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Hunt Library 106B - IDeATe Studio A

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 learned are appropriate for writing in STEM and the humanities. Pizza will be provided. 
Reserve your free ticket here.

 

Communicating Data to Non-Experts
Thursday, February 18th, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Hunt Library 106B - IDeATe Studio A

In your professional life, you may often have to present technical data to non-expert audiences such as managers, clients, politicians, or members of the general public. This workshop teaches you principles for creating graphs and tables that non-experts can understand. You will learn to think of your data as a story that needs to capture the audience's attention, and you will be introduced to strategies for minimizing distractions to this story so audiences can quickly grasp your main point. Pizza will be provided.
Reserve your free ticket here.

 

3 Tips to Writing Effective Cover Letters
Wednesday, February 24th, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Giant Eagle Auditorium - Baker Hall A51

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 five 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 will be provided.
Reserve your free ticket here.


March Workshops (Time & Locations TBD)
Ticket reserverations will begin February 15th.


Designing Effective Powerpoint Presentations
Wednesday, March 3nd, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Giant Eagle Auditorium - Baker Hall A51 

Have you ever sat through a tedious or confusing PowerPoint presentation? This workshop will help you create effective PowerPoint presentations that present your research in a clear and compelling way. We will introduce innovative research on designing visually effective slides that increase audience engagement. We will also practice constructing and revising PowerPoint slides, and discuss other strategies for organizing and delivering your PowerPoint presentation.  This popular workshop is appropriate for students at all levels of study, in the sciences and humanities. Pizza will be provided.


Improving the "Flow" of Your Writing  
Wednesday, March 16th, 5:00- 6:00pm
IDeATe Studio A - Hunt Library 106B

If you have ever been told that your writing is “choppy” or does not have any “flow,” you will benefit from this workshop. This workshop teaches you a simple – but effective – principle for improving the logical flow between sentences and paragraphs, called the Known/New Contract. This crucial rhetorical principle will help an audience follow the progression of your ideas and arguments, in both the sciences and humanities. As the subject matter you are writing about grows in complexity, following the Known/New Contract becomes increasingly important. Pizza will be provided. 


Team Communication Part 2: Handling Difficult People & Situations
Thursday, March 17th, 5:00 - 6:00pm
IDeATe Studio A, Hunt Library 106 B

Even if you do everything “right” on a team project, you can still encounter difficult people and difficult situations.  This workshop teaches you to confront 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, and 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. Pizza will be provided.


3 Tips to Writing Effective Cover Letters
Thursday, March 24th, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Giant Eagle Auditorium - Baker Hall A51

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 will be provided.


Making the Case for Your Research
Thursday, March 31st, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Giant Eagle Auditorium - Baker Hall A51

This workshop will teach you four steps that make the case for why your research is an essential contribution to the field. These four “moves” turn your research into a compelling narrative and highlight the importance and innovation of your work, especially when communicating to a non-specialist audience. These well-established moves can help you structure the abstract, introduction and literature review of journal articles and papers, in both the sciences and humanities. They can also be applied in various other contexts, including conference presentations, application materials, and grant proposals. Pizza will be provided. 

April Workshops (Time & Location TBD)

Team Communication (Parts 1 & 2)

PowerPoint & Poster Design

For more information on our workshops, please contact gcc-cmu@andrew.cmu.edu

Do you have an idea for a workshop?  Email the GCC with your request: gcc-cmu@andrew.cmu.edu