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Soft Skills Workshop

This one-day workshop will help you gain a better understanding of key soft skills and how they can complement and leverage your existing skill set. Soft skills are multifaceted and can include interpersonal skills, social skills, communication skills, attitudes, and teamwork and leadership abilities. Typically, soft skills are more difficult to measure, but they are immensely valuable, especially as your career progresses.

Upcoming workshop dates

November 8, 2018

Soft skills and your career

In recent years as the tech boom continues to explode, Seattle is attracting more and more job seekers with strong foundations in computer science, engineering, IT, data analytics, and other technology related hard skills. These skills can get you in the door, but in order to continue to advance in your career, it is important to develop your soft skills as well. According to a CareerBuilder survey, an overwhelming majority of companies say soft skills are just as important as hard skills.

Benefits of attending

During this workshop, we will focus on helping you:

  • Gain a better understanding of your own communication style and the styles of others.
  • Understand the nuances of cultural differences as they relate to team work, negotiation, and leadership.
  • Improve your presentation skills.
  • Develop your executive presence.
  • Learn to foster collaboration of teamwork through a dynamic team exercise.

Schedule at a glance

08:00–08:30 Check-In and Continental Breakfast
08:30–10:30 Communication Signals and Styles
Poor or miscommunication in a workplace can often lead to frustration and a loss of productivity. In order to be a better communicator, it is important to first understand your own style and know what your tendencies might be. During this session, you will become more aware of your communication style and also learn some techniques to identify the styles of others. With this understanding, you will be able to craft and adjust your style to communicate more effectively.
10:30–10:45 Break
10:45–12:00 Difficult Conversations
Taking what you learned about communications styles, this section will explore further different ways to approach difficult conversations. We will take a closer look at some scenarios and practice with exercises.
12:00–12:45 Lunch
12:45–14:45 Presentation Skills
According to Forbes, it takes just seven seconds to make a first impression. If you are trying to give a persuasive presentation to a group of key decision-makers or influencers, that does not give you much time. So what can you do to gain positive feedback in a limited amount of time? During this session, you will learn how to leverage your verbal/body language as well as utilize simple techniques to raise your persuasive positioning.
14:45-15:00 Break
15:00–15:45 Team Exercise: Bringing It All Together 
This team exercise will incorporate what you learned throughout the day. You will utilize your creativity, communications, and teamwork skills while engaging in a competitive environment. Through this experience, you will be able to gain some insights into your strengths and weaknesses, especially in interacting and collaborating with others under pressure.
15:45–16:30 On-Going Development
As you continue your professional journey, what areas do you need to grow? Studies show that executive presence could account for over 25% of your ability to get promoted, but what does that mean for you?

Faculty

Jean Choy, Soft Skills Workshop facultyJean Choy is the Associate Dean of Executive Education and International Initiatives at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. She is responsible for developing long-term strategic partnerships to promote new business development and collaborative initiatives among corporate organizations, academic institutions, government offices, and individuals. Jean also teaches Communication Skills and Strategies in the Global Executive MBA Program which covers topics on the importance of engaging others, being coachable, managing team dynamics, influencing and persuading, leveraging networking opportunities, and listening.

Fees and registration

Program Fee: $495
Payment must be made by check, credit card, or submit a purchase order for later invoice. Discounts may apply.

November 8, 2018

Registration deadline
The registration deadline is November 5, 2018, but it is strongly encouraged that you register early as space is limited.

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For more information
Phone: 206-543-8560
E-mail: execed@uw.edu

Location

Bank of America Executive CenterBank of America Executive Center
University of Washington Main Campus
Seattle, WA 98195
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