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Copiah-Lincoln Community College Regional Workshop

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

Workshop Description

Instructors set the tone in the classroom with their approach to their work and students; through their actions, instructors communicate their character, credibility, and convictions. Research has shown that engagement in today’s classroom requires a shift from traditional pedagogy, indicating that students now respond to how instructors make them feel rather than what they say. This means that in order to be an effective instructor, educators must learn how to connect with their students.

World-renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell says that if you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. And while it may seem like some folks are just born with it, the fact is anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. Through interactive discussions, personal reflections, and group activities, workshop participants learn new perspectives, practical tools, and key takeaways that are crucial to the skill of connecting. Participants return to their classrooms ready to implement new action plans and lead with renewed passion and commitment.

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

  • Build a heartfelt rapport with students.
  • Simplify messages down to their most relevant points.
  • Share stories and illustrations to make important points more memorable.
  • Communicate with character, credibility, and conviction.
  • Identify and relate to all types of students in a way that increases influence.
  • Forge connections that inspire trust, motivate hard work, and generate positive momentum in the classroom

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completing the workshop.

Preliminary Schedule

January 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Workshop
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD


Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Thames Center Wolf Hall A,B, & C
H F McCarty Dr
Wesson, MS 39191
(601) 643-8637

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Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
December 13, 2019
Late Registration
December 13, 2019
Host College (Member) $129 $179
Member $159 $209
Non Member $209 $259

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to December 27, 2019. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by December 27, 2019. Refunds will not be given after December 27, 2019 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

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NISOD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by NISOD.

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.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn Brookhaven
1213 Hampton Drive
Brookhaven, MS, 39601-7788
(601) 823-3800 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brookhaven
1212 Brookway Blvd
Brookhaven, MS 39601
(601) 990-2360

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