Business Skills

Business and Technical Writing

Do writing assignments at work make you ill at ease? Do you struggle to express yourself clearly in writing? If so, the Business and Technical Writing Series is for you. Each brief workshop will arm you with practical tools you can use to immediately improve your written communication. A student manual is included in the fee. Registration is required prior to the start date for the workshops. Please contact Karen Harmon or call 479-788-7742 to register.  If an online class would better suit your schedule, visit our site at Ed2Go.
 

Fat Free Writing

Pluck those word weeds! This fun and interactive course will take you on a high school flashback to cover pesky grammar, spelling, and punctuation issues. Then we'll focus on getting the fat out of your writing. Learn to create active, lively sentences and paragraphs that say what you mean.

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

5129

Closed Fri. 8 a.m.-noon FL 110

Voelkel

$69

Please contact Dr. Micki Voelkel for more information on this class.

 

Solid Business Writing

Participants in this 4-hour workshop will learn to: implement techniques to effectively write all business documents, utilize outlining to plan documents, follow acceptable email protocol, and edit and proofread for complete and professional documents. 

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

5016

Dec. 16 Fri. 8 a.m.-noon FL 110 Voelkel $69

Please contact Dr. Micki Voelkel for more information.

 

Career Enrichment

Professional development on a busy schedule is not an easy task, but is often required of individuals in certain professions. The Career Enrichment workshops offered by The Center for Business and Professional Development offer participants short sessions with up-to-date topics. Each workshop earns Continuing Education Units (CEU's) upon successful completion. New topics are offered each semester. Registration is required prior to the start date for the workshops. Please contact Karen Harmon or call 479-788-7742 to register.
 

Develop Positive Assertiveness

Make positive assertiveness a productive force in your life. This course will help you examine your posture, language, and attitude while learning to deal openly with others. Find your natural style of communication. Use assertive words appropriately. Take charge of your life. 

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

5210

Closed Thur. 8-11 a.m. BII 113 Gordon

$69

Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.
 

Emotional Intelligence

How do you mix oil and water?  You don't.  The same is often true of emotions and intelligence.  A surge of one reduces the volume of the other.  Why be concerned?  It doesn't matter how intelligent you may be if you can't manage your emotions.  Have you ever noticed that some of the "smartest" people around aren't really the brightest?  Look closely at the way these people manage their emotions and you'll find clues to how they got ahead.  Learn tips on when to express emotion and when to refrain from expressing yourself and how to avoid other people's hot buttons as well.  Learn how to mix your oil and water.  

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

6028

Closed Mon. 1-5 p.m. BII 113 Gordon

$69

Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.
 

Good to Great Leadership

Join a book review! Using the popular business book Good to Great (Collins, 2001) as a source, journey along to see what it took for famous companies to move from good to great. Special focus is given to Disciplined People (Level 5 Leader, First Who then What), Disciplined Thought (Stockdale Paradox, Hedgehog Concept), and Disciplined Action (Culture of Discipline, Flywheel) and Building Greatness to Last (Clock Building, Preserve Core and Stimulate Progress).  Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.
 

Project Management

Successful completion of this 2-day, 8-hour course will increase your knowledge and ability to define a project and determine its time, cost, and performance parameters, plan the details and sequence of execution, implement the work according to plan, monitor key parameters and milestones to ensure that the plan is adhered to, complete the project through the final deliverables, and evaluate the project effort. 

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

2021

Closed Fri. 8 a.m.-noon FL 219 Voelkel $129

Please contact Dr. Micki Voelkel for more information on this class.
 

Setting Priorities

Do you spend your days rushing to "put out fires" without every really accomplishing something important?  Learn to decide between the truly important and the merely urgent.  Based on the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this workshop will help you learn to plan your time so that the important tasks take precedence.  Using simple scheduling tools, you will learn to make sure that the important and proactive tasks get accomplished.  

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

4025 Closed Fri. 8 a.m.-noon FL 219 Voelkel $69

Please contact Dr. Micki Voelkel for more information on this class.
 

Strategic Planning: Level 1

Failing to plan is planning to fail. While it might sound cliché, the truth is that successful organizations large and small establish goals and align activities to support movement to the goals. This workshop will guide participants through SWOT analysis, goal setting, time values, and measurements.

Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.
 

Time Management

Time is on your side, or is it?  Time management, an often-cited challenge, is less about harnessing spare minutes in a twenty-four hour day.  It's more about raising your own productivity.  Whether at work or play, organizing your activities is absolutely critical if you are to accomplish all the things you want and need to accomplish.  Learn how to stop procrastination; use an organizer; avoid saying "yes" when you should be saying "no"; and take control of your daily clock.

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

5128

Closed Wed. 8 a.m.-noon FL 110 Danciu

$69

Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.
 

Communicating Effectively:  Understanding Behavior Styles

Co-workers impression of you is critical to your success.  Do they grab garlic when you approach them with a new assignment?  Do they cringe in the shadows when you are brewing up your assignments?  Join us to de-mystify the monster-persona that many of us wear.  Learn to identify your personal communication strengths and weaknesses to lead more effectively.  Focuses on written, oral, and non-verbal communication in today's technology-driven workplace. 

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

6020

Closed Mon. 1-5 p.m.

BII 113

Gordon $69

 Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.
 

Your Attention Please: Giving Presentations That Work

Build presentation confidence while building presentation skills. This full day workshop tackles 2 of the toughest elements of presentations: building one and delivering it! (Previous PowerPoint experience is handy!) Fall day workshop provides key tips to building an interesting and effective PowerPoint presentation in the morning. In the afternoon, participants will learn and then practice presentation skills. Gentle coaching will be provided to maximize results .

Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.
 

Customer Service

Creating a Culture of Customer Service

What would happen if today was the last day any of your current customers did business with you?  Would there be enough new customers coming through your door to keep the lights on?  Has it occurred to you that customer service at your organization may be on the endangered list?  How did this happen?  What can you do about it?  Why not start by returning to the basics.  Having trouble remembering what the basics are and how to get your team to rally around the cause of the customer?  This workshop will teach you how to bring the attention back to the center of your universe: your customer. 

CRN

Date

Day

Time

Location

Instructor

Cost

6026

Closed Mon. 1-5 p.m.

BII 113

Gordon

$69

Please contact Dr. Kimberley Gordon for more information on this class.