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04/03/2018 - Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
University Center at the College of the Canyons
Speaker: Maria Simpson, Ph.D.
Topic:  Three Crucial Communications Skills to Help You Be Heard at Work

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We often talk about communication skills in general but just as often don’t pay attention to what makes them effective. This presentation looks at specifics of communications techniques and how to use them so you are heard at work, being sure that your ideas and contributions are not overlooked.

Both theory and application will be included, we’ll have time for discussion, and a copy of “Leading Unstoppable Teams! will be raffled.

Combining a little theory with a lot of practical application, the discussion will focus on:

• Listening: not just for content but for how people want to hear that content, for what their underlying emotional state may be, and how flexible they might be when working together;
• Responding: without antagonizing, with the kinds of information people need, with the right questions to demonstrate interest and respect; and with the precision that makes the point;
• Structuring the Message: so the main point is clear and persuasive, and so you control the content and even part of the response.

Understanding these skills will make them an effective part of your communications skill set.


Speaker Bio

Maria Simpson, Ph.D. has been an organizational conflict consultant and executive coach for over 20 years. The skills she brings to her consulting are skills she honed as a mediator for the LA County Superior Court for over ten years. Among the organizations she has worked with are Bank of America and Easter Seals Southern California, as well as city agencies, arts organizations, and universities. Since 2003 she has written a weekly column called “Two Minute Training” and published a collection called Leading Unstoppable Teams! The TMT Library is available at www.mariasimpson.net. She serves on several boards of directors including Empathia Pacific, a national EAP provider, and the SCMA Education Foundation.


Cost for this Event:
$15 - PMI-LA Members and Non-Members
(Registration fee is to cover the cost of the meal)




Meeting Agenda:
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration and Networking
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Featured Speaker
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Light Meal
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM Adjourned with Closing Statement


PDU Credit:
PMP's will receive 1 PDU in the Leadership category for attending this event.


University Center at the College of the Canyons
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, 2nd Floor
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Download a map of the meeting site.


Parking $3.00 (kiosk located in lot 14)


Postponement / Cancelation
This event may be canceled or postponed, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


Questions or Comments:
Contact North LA County Meeting Director


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