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Northwest Missouri State University

Personal and Professional Development Opportunities (Fall 2017)


Title of Presentation


Sept. 13 Capture the Moment When Delivering Presentations Chuc Barnes
Sept. 28 Career Day Success Guide: The Employer Side Career Services
Oct. 2 Conflict Resolution Toolbox Rachel Brooks
Oct. 23 Leading with a Confident Voice- Understanding your Communication Style Todd Long
Nov. 8 Are you Making a Good First Impression? Janis Kliethermes
Nov. 14 Are you Change Ready...or Change-Resistant? Cathy Newton
Nov. 30 The How of Happiness B.K. Taylor
Dec. 7 Transforming yourself into a Life Change Artist Jackie Cochenour

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Presentation 1 - "Capture the Moment When Delivering Presentations"

Chuc Barnes
Lauren Schieffer
Minutes Count, LLC

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Session Times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Learn skills you can use to have more influence and impact when making presentations anytime, anyplace.

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Presentation 2 - "Career Day Success Guide: The Employer Side"

Career Services Employer

Career Services         

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Session Times:
10:30-11:30 am (Employer Career Day Tips)
1:00-3:00 pm (Resume Critique by Employers)
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom


Career Day Success Guide:  The Employer Side is a professional development networking event designed to prepare students for Education Expo and Career Day.  Employers from varying industries, company size and location will compose an employer panel ready to answer your questions about how to make the most of the Education Expo and Career Day experience.  The employers welcome any questions you have about the events, how to prepare and professional etiquette.  Questions might include, how to introduce yourself, what to wear, resumes techniques and how to leave a lasting impression.  After the hour long panel, employers have committed their afternoon to meet with students and provide feedback on their resumes.  Employers may choose to meet with students individually or in a small group workshop.  Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from real employers and prepare yourself for Education Expo and Career Day.  #HireABearcat

Come and go as your class schedule permits

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Presentation 3 - "Conflict Resolution Toolbox"

Rachel Brooks, Coordinator of Equity
Steven SewellOffice of Equity and Accessibility

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017
Session Times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

We all practice conflict resolution daily, but how can we quickly identify, diagnose and resolve the conflict before it reaches a boiling point. The goal of this presentation is to gain a better understanding of the different types of conflict that we encounter in the workplace. Using models and maps we will work through how to analyze, diagnose, and resolve conflict.

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Presentation 4 - "Leading with a Confident Voice - Understanding your Communication Style"

Todd Long
Todd L.

Leadership Innovations


Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Session Times: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Leadership is about communicating effectively.  This workshop will help you recognize your communication tendencies, leverage your communication strengths, and adapt your style according to the situation to influence others more effectively.  We will explore the follow communication tendencies.

-Talk or Listen
-Tell or Ask
-Problem or Solution

-Linear or Random
-Concise or Rambling
-Specific or Vague

-Optimistic or Pessimistic

-Expressive or Reserved
-Steady or Urgent

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Presentation 5 - "Are you Making a Good First Impression?"

Janis Kliethermes

Etiquette Kansas City

Janis K

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Session Times: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Employers are looking for more than good grade points and work experience...they are looking for people with common sense. Do you know the correct way to make an introduction? Is your body language sending the wrong message? Did you know that you can affect a business deal if you eat Continental Style vs. American Style? Which side do you find your bread plate? Find out the answers to these questions and more and see if you are making the best first impression. 

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Presentation 6 -"Are you Change Ready...or Change-Resistant?"

Cathy Newton, Author & Speaker

C. NewtonLiving in Full Swing

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Session Times:  11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Change is happening at lightning speed. It is pervasive and the variables are uncertain.  Are you change-ready or change-resistant? Don’t hunker down in resistance when it could affect your reputation, your performance, and the quality of service you provide. Confront your own biases on change. Learn pro-active methods to support others in shifting change-resistance to change-readiness.  And learn personal strategies to attune your own mindset towards change. Risk it!

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Presentation 7 - "The How of Happiness"

B.K. Taylor, Assistant Director, Prevention, Outreach and Education

Wellness Services

Northwest Missouri State University 


Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Session Times:  9:30 am, 12:30 pm or 4:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Happiness is not a destination; it is a state of mind, a choice.  That said, we all have the capability to be happier.  To get started, you must first choose to be happy rather than any other alternative.  One sure fire way to do this is to set your mind to “happy-mode” by practicing the art of living intentionally and making that process a habit.  No matter what personality you were born with, no matter what your circumstances are, you can boost your level of happiness by taking charge of your life and using the habits outlined in this presentation.  This program is built upon the foundations of positive psychology and the works of those like Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky.  Put these foundations into practice in your daily life and you’ll find yourself more productive in your work, more loving in your relationships and overall: more happy!

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Presentation 8 - "Transforming Yourself into a Life Change Artist"

Jackie Cochenour, Assistant Director Upward Bound

Upward Bound, Northwest Missouri State University

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Session Times: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:30 pm
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Boardroom

Creating a life change is a fluid process and armed with the right creative skills and tools anyone can effectively overcome the bumps and roadblocks that have waved “hello” along the way. In this inspiring, practical and fun, yet serious, presentation you will learn that you, yes you, are a unique artist within your own life. Through this time together you will be able to examine where you currently are within the journey of change that began as just a spark of insight. No matter how tidy or even how messy your life may be for you right now you can pack these practical skills with you as you journey forward. Become an artist within your own life and be ready for that next spark.

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