Increasingly soft skills, especially communication skills, make the difference between those who succeed in the workplace versus those who survive without flourishing. How does one build and strengthen communication skills? Play and gamification are gaining traction as effective methods in improving skills that make the difference. Re-engaging your ‘inner child’ and focusing your thoughts and creativity may just be the ‘play’ we need to rediscover energy and insight for our careers and organizations.
May 14th, 5:30-8:00pm, at St Luke’s Lutheran Church campus, 4-Mile and the East Beltline NE, Bryant Zimmerman, CEO Grand Dial Communications, an accomplished IT professional highly trained in communication, robotics, and STEM education, will lead us in a “play filled” discovery exploring our communications’ impact and how others interact with us. We will use building blocks and principles utilized by teachers and robotics coaches to assist students of any age explore what is possible.
If you like to have fun, and are open to looking for your greatest opportunities through improved communication, do join us.
And of course, NW2NW orchestrated networking throughout the evening—bring 10 business cards to use to connect with others like you who are enhancing and sustaining their careers.
This is our 7th year (since July 2012) with the support of EaRN Employment and Resource Network and many volunteers.
A modest $5 donation at the door is requested of those who are able. Your donation covers program expenses which we appreciate as they help support the continuation of quality events.
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Each NetWork 2 NewWork event presentation is woven together with an orchestrated networking opportunity to expand and strengthen your network and that of those you meet, because they get to know you and you them–more an art than a science.
Take advantage of networking opportunities (and food) by coming right at beginning of the event, then continue after the presentation to practice your skills and developing habits essential to building your powerful network.
With our rapidly changing and disruptive economy, many people still find it challenging to find meaningful work to sustain their career. Employers relentlessly continue cutting costs, using new ‘automation’ to augment or even replace former human resources activities, and push their employees to long hours and more stringent methods of measuring value-added.
As unemployment is low (depending on which economist’s data you read!), career changers and job hunters can still embrace an opportunity to explore new options…if they consistently network.
- If we put off building and nurturing our connections, letting employers and the tasks they want done completely preoccupy us, dictating the use of all our time, they keep us from making our own professional (and personal) development a priority and make us vulnerable to exigencies and cycles of the economy and the employer’s decisions.
- Innovation and creativity often comes from new directions, mistakes of “bumping into” an event, idea or person we wouldn’t have if we’d not taken the risk to make new connections and share ideas and activities with people we don’t ‘normally’ run into.
These NW2NW events always have two underlying themes:
- “We’re increasing becoming aware that at-will employment makes us all self-employed free agents, focusing on all forms of work (as an employee, contract worker, staffing firm associate, consultant, business owner, entrepreneur, and volunteer) and that continuous networking is critically necessary in finding work and staying employable in this new economy.”
- Part of our value to our employer (and future ones) is our network for with it we have abundant resources to make our employers and ourselves continuously successful in fulfilling mission and purpose.