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Everyone Communicates, But Few Connect: Effectively Engaging Today’s Learner

Instructors set the tone in the classroom by how they approach their work and students. Through their actions, they communicate their character, credibility, and convictions. Today’s students need to be convinced about their instructor’s passion before they put passion into their own work. To be an effective instructor, you must learn how to connect with your students. And while it may seem like some people are just born with the skills to connect with others, anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. During this workshop, participants learn how to identify and relate to all types of students in a way that increases their influence in virtual and face-to-face environments.

Participants learn practices that help develop the crucial skill of connecting with students, including:

  • Finding common ground;
  • Keeping communication simple;
  • Capturing student interest;
  • Inspiring students; and
  • Staying authentic in all their relationships.

Participants learn how to:

  • Apply the Law of Awareness to recognize their strengths and limitations.
  • Overcome their shortcomings and clear the path for personal and professional growth.
  • Understand how students are different and how to work with each personality.
  • Build stronger relationships with students, appreciate students’ learning styles, and determine what works well together.
  • Incorporate effective strategies for handling conflict and personality clashes.
  • Develop themself and their students to be their best selves.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or be able to:

  • Build a heartfelt rapport with others.
  • Simplify messages to their most relevant points.
  • Share stories and illustrations to make important points more memorable.
  • Communicate with character, credibility, and conviction.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Nicole Rankine is a certified teacher, speaker, and coach with the John Maxwell Team who founded The COLE Academy of Personal Growth, a professional development company devoted to helping leaders with leadership development, personal growth, and communication. Dr. Rankine travels nationally and internationally devoting her life to helping equip, inspire, and empower students worldwide. Dr. Rankine also serves as an adjunct professor and teaches future public health professionals. She founded Healthy Young People Excel, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to helping youth worldwide develop their soft skills so they can increase their self-esteem to see, own, and achieve their dreams. Dr. Rankine has provided training for government agencies, profit and non-profit organizations, schools, colleges, and universities. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Biology.

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