Vitae Researcher Communication Skills WINTER Series

Communication skills are the constellation of skill sets most valued by employers. We’ve designed a series of workshops for you to develop and rehearse specific communication skills that extend and complement your rich academic skills. You can register anytime, (providing space is available)

Please register for each session, in the form provided below.

**Please note:  These sessions are most suitable for graduate students enrolled in research streams (MRP or thesis pathways) and post-docs. **

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Using Social Media to Support Your Research Journey
January 18, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: TH253

Social Media can be a thriving digital habitat for finding your voice, curating your disciplinary interests, track cutting-edge research and seek out trail blazing professionals within your field. Learn practical strategies for management, engagement, reach and impact that just may turn a ‘mild’ interest into a ‘wild’ interest.

Facilitator: Camille Rutherford

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Performing the Text 
January 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Pond Inlet

Learn strategies to relax and prepare your mind and body for a presentation, connect your voice with gestures, hook your audience with a compelling ‘opener’ and rehearse techniques to minimize performance anxiety. This session is suitable for students participating in any knowledge translation communication challenge (the 3MT® competitionSSHRC Storytellers or Science, Action!) OR just wanting to enhance your presentation skills.

Facilitator:  Julia Course

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Media 101: Media is the Messenger
January 25, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: TH253

What is “the media”? How does it work? What makes a good story? What do editors look for when they create their story line-ups? How do you connect what you’re working on to the outside world? During this session, you’ll learn how to situate your research story so that it grabs the attention of media ‘gatekeepers’ :  the editor.

Facilitator:  Cathy Majtenyi

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Communicating your graduate Skills

February 8, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: TH253

Your graduate education and other supporting experiences provide you with a rich complement of essential skills that employers seek. Actively discuss, distill, map and articulate your unique skills that help you stand out from the crowd. This conversational workshop will help you identify and illustrate your existing skill stories so you can convey your strengths to an employer with ease.

Facilitator:  Marisa Brown

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Knowledge Translation: The Basics
February 22, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: TH253

Knowledge translation or mobilization plans are integral components of most scholarship or funding applications. Learn simple tools to translate and market your research to a variety of audiences. This workshop will allow you to rehearse with simple language tools to meaningfully engage any audience; whether it’s a funder, colleague, potential employer or community of interest.

Facilitator: Jayne Morrish

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REGISTRATION opens December 1

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