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Everyone Communicates, But Few Connect: Engaging Today’s College Learners

This workshop consists of two interactive modules offered at 90 minutes each via Zoom at 1:00-2:30 p.m. CST on October 20th and October 27th, 2020. Participants can register for only one module, but will benefit the most by attending both modules. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

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.

Module 1
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.

Module 2
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.


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the first module.


Module Date/Time
Early Registration
on or before
September 29, 2020
Late Registration
September 29, 2020
Module 1 October 20, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST
$129 (member)
$179 (non-member)
$179 (member)
$229 (non-member)
Module 2 October 27, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST
$129 (member)
$179 (non-member)
$179 (member)
$229 (non-member)
Complete Workshop
(Includes Modules 1-2 at reduced price.)
  $200 (member)
$250 (non-member)
$300 (member)
$350 (non-member)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to October 6, 2020. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by October 6, 2020. Refunds will not be given after October 6, 2020 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

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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