Communication Development Programs

COVID-19 UPDATE: Online/Telephone Writing & Speaking Coaching appointments available Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3

The Canaccord Learning Commons offers a variety of programs to help students develop their communication skills throughout their time at UBC Sauder.

Writing Coaching

Online/Telephone Writing Coaching:

  • Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Communication Coaches will be available on demand for one on one Writing Coaching appointments.
  • To book an online/telephone appointment, email Communication Coach Lee Edington (lee.edington@sauder.ubc.ca) or Communication Coach David Brown (djbsilver@yahoo.com) with your name, year of study, the piece of writing you would like to discuss, and a few preferred appointment times between 12pm-4pm, Monday to Friday in Pacific Standard Time (i.e. Vancouver time) and your Coach will connect with you directly to confirm your appointment.
  • Location: Zoom/Phone

Professional Communication Coaches are available for one-on-one writing appointments to help with planning, idea development, tone, stylistic improvement, and error recognition.  Any genre of writing is suitable. However this is not an editing service and attendees are expected to participate actively in the conversation.

Attendees must bring a printed copy of their work to review during their appointment.  Possible writing samples include a draft of an academic assignment, a cover letter, a professional email, etc

Speaking Coaching

  • Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, April 3, 2020: Tuesday, 2pm-5pm & Thursday, 10am-1pm
  • Communication Coaches will be available on demand for one on one Speaking Coaching appointments.
  • To book an online/telephone appointment, email Communication Coach Lee Edington (lee.edington@sauder.ubc.ca) with your name, year of study, and a few preferred appointment times in Pacific Standard Time (i.e. Vancouver time) and she will connect with you directly to confirm your appointment.

Professional Communication Coaches are available for one-on-one or small-group appointments to help with all elements of professional verbal communication - from voice clarity/volume/pronunciation, through to idea organization and content refinement.

Attendees should bring a specific academic or career-based topic that they wish to work on during their appointment.  Possible topics include an upcoming individual or group presentation, a set of interview questions, or an article to frame the conversation.  Alternately, the Coach can select a topic for impromptu practice.

Professional Communication Workshops - Cancelled

Professional Communications Workshops are cancelled for the remainder of the term.  Should you want to address any of the below topics, book an online one on one Speaking Coach appointment and let the coach know you wish to cover content from one of our workshops.

Small talk and conversation skills:

Do you want to connect with people in a variety of situations but you don’t know how to begin? Do you feel awkward at networking events when you don’t know what to say? Do you want to become a better conversationalist?

This workshop will help you more comfortably begin, join, leave, or extend a conversation, as well as learn how to leverage your body language in a professional setting – particularly at networking events.

Impromptu speaking practice:

Do you want to be prepared for an upcoming presentation, interview, or public speaking opportunity? Do you want to improve your ability to think fast and put your thoughts into words? Come select a topic and start speaking!

At this practice-based workshop, you will receive feedback on all parts of your speaking (content, grammar, pronunciation/enunciation, and overall delivery). This workshop provides excellent practice for anyone looking to improve their narrative/story telling abilities for upcoming job interviews, impromptu speaking assignments, and groups like Toastmasters.

 

Speaking Professionally Workshops, rotating topics:

Speaking Professionally workshops focus on providing an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on verbal business communication in a specific situation or setting.

 

Topics rotate on a weekly basis, and include:

  • Get ready for a coffee chat – better understand the social and cultural expectations behind a coffee chat.
  • Improve your interview skills – practice responding to common interview questions and learn to describe yourself effectively in a professional manner.
  • Make a positive first impression – consider the role that your communication skills and body language play in how faculty, staff, peers, and employers come to develop a first impression.
  • Understand the mechanics of English pronunciation – if you are learning English as an additional language, pronunciation, enunciation, and intonation can be challenging; this workshop will provide space to learn and practice English language communication.
  • Improve your presentations – body language and confidence when speaking in front of a group are critical to success academically and in the workplace, this workshop will provide an opportunity to receive feedback and learn about presentation best practices.

 

Writing Professionally Workshops, rotating topics:

Writing professionally workshops focus on providing an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on various formats of written business communication.

 

Topics rotate on a weekly basis, and include:

  • Improve your personal statement – most applications, whether for grad school, an academic exchange program, or a job application, will require a personal statement, so learn to make the most of the word limit when describing yourself
  • Learn to write a professional blog – consider how to improve your online presence with a professional blog or other web-related business content.
  • Learn to write a persuasive email – improve your written sales techniques and learn how to more effectively pitch something – be it an idea or even yourself.
  • Improve your business emails – receive pointers on business email best practices, including how to KISS (keep it short & simple)
  • Improve your sentence structure – make your writing easier to read, and more engaging, by learning to vary your sentence length and structure.
  • Understand common writing errors – learn about the most common writing errors, and consider how to reduce these errors in your own writing


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