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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
May 25, 2010, Volume 56, No. 34

Professional and Personal Development

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources. You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

The Penn Perspective; June 9–10; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. Penn is a unique institution with a proud history that spans the last two centuries. Combine this with its spirit of innovation and service, and you have a large and complex enterprise with a worldwide reputation for excellence. Do you ever wonder what it takes to keep the University running so well for so long? Well now you can find out. The Penn Perspective is a two-day event where attendees learn about the complexities of Penn and what keeps the University running from one day to the next. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with other members of the Penn community and get a better understanding of the role you play at Penn.

Brown Bag Matinee—Focus Your Vision; June 16; noon–1 p.m.; free. Take a virtual vacation from your desk as you travel with former National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones in this video presentation. Focus Your Vision creatively uses the striking photographic work of Jones to teach us the importance of direction and purpose as we set goals to accomplish in our personal and professional lives. You’ll learn seven concepts that are key to focusing successfully through this innovative and unusual training film.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Interviewing for Success; June 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. Wondering how to set yourself apart from other job applicants? A successful interview can often be the deciding factor for many hiring managers when choosing the right candidate for a job. This workshop will teach you the elements of effective interviews and how to successfully market yourself and your skills in order to ace your next interview. You’ll learn how to prepare for a variety of different interview types and the importance of nonverbal communication when interviewing.

AMA’s Strategies for Developing Effective Presentation Skills; July 14–15; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75.This two-day program will provide you with the skills to deliver clear, informative, memorable and convincing presentations. Learn by doing as you receive ongoing, personalized feedback on three live presentations. Subjects to be addressed include determining your objectives in giving a presentation, balancing verbal and nonverbal messages, developing and organizing presentation content, rehearsing and using notes, reducing and channeling nervousness, using visual aids, handling questions and more.

Brown Bag Matinee—The Abilene Paradox; July 21; noon–1 p.m.; free. Have you ever said “yes” to a proposed group decision when you really wanted to say “no”? This video will show you how common—and costly—it is to support group plans that you really don’t believe in. You’ll also learn how to create a work environment where people are free to disagree and encouraged to voice their true opinions.

Career Focus Brown Bag—The Helping Hand: Coaching Skills for Managers; July 27; noon–1 p.m.; free. Knowing how to delegate is an essential skill for managers. In this video led by John Cleese, you’ll learn the ins and outs of delegating and coaching and how to increase the ability and productivity of your staff. This video will help you understand the purpose of coaching and recognize common misconceptions about coaching. You’ll also learn a systematic, five-step approach to coaching your staff so that they can increase their knowledge, skills and experiences.

—Division of Human Resources

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