Sept/Oct 2021 Society Pages

Upcoming Online Courses

Presentation Skills Master Class

Presenter: Leah Guren
5–19 October 2021
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST (GMT-4)
Registration closes 28 September 2021.

Now, more than ever, you need to be able to present yourself and your ideas clearly and effectively. Poor presentation skills can hold you back in your career and allow others to take credit for your ideas. In contrast, good speakers get promoted faster and earn more, plus they are exposed to more opportunities than their colleagues who present poorly.

This workshop involves hands-on exercises, games, and performance time. Even if you are already a confident speaker, you can learn techniques to improve your performance.

It’s time for you to stop hiding in the background and start enjoying the spotlight!

  • Edit down your ideas to create a focused, organized presentation
  • Catch the audience’s attention with a great introduction
  • Connect your key points to keep the audience engaged and on track
  • Remember your content without reading from notes
  • Avoid the most common mistakes
  • Handle questions with confidence
  • And more!

Note: This is a highly interactive workshop. All participants must enable their computer camera and microphone during their presentations and agree to be recorded.


Introverts and Leadership One

Presenter: Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC
11 November to 16 December 2021 (Thursdays)
Noon to 1:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
No class on 25 November.

How does an introvert lead? Introverts don’t fit the stereotypical leadership model in management literature. They’re often unaware of their introvert strengths and how to maximize them in the workplace, much less become leaders. However, Cain, Laney, Kahnweiler, and others have increased our understanding of introversion and how it impacts leadership styles.

This course will explore the recent literature on introversion and the workplace, tools and techniques for discovering introvert strengths, and strategies for leveraging them. Students will identify success factors for introverts in leadership roles and will develop action plans for individual development.

The course combines 5 weeks of readings and other resources, online discussions, interviews with introverted leaders, and short reflection papers with a virtual workshop on improving verbal communication skills through improvisational exercises.

  • To develop knowledge of recent literature on introversion and the workplace
  • To develop understanding of introvert strengths
  • To apply introvert strengths to leadership
  • To improve verbal communication skills as leaders
  • To develop individual strategies for leadership development
Access to the following books are required for this course:
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, any edition. This book has had a profound impact on many introverts reading it for the first time and has sparked an introvert movement in the workplace.
  • Please Understand Me II, Temperament, Character, Intelligence by David Keirsey. There is a Please Understand Me and a Please Understand Me II. Make sure you get the right one. This book will help you understand your online temperament inventory results.
  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda.


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