NORDP Webinars: Developing More Engaging Meetings and Workshops

NORDP Webinars:  Developing More Engaging Meetings and Workshops

Part One:  March 7 12:30-1:30 ET
Part Two: March 16 1:00-2:00 ET

Meetings and workshops are a necessary part of a research development professional’s life. It’s important to bring people together, learn from each other, and/or have contact and stay oriented toward the same objectives. But too often we can slip into the traditional (we’ll say it, even boring). People lose interest and focus. That’s when meetings become a waste of everyone’s time and workshops lose the opportunity to fully engage and convey our messages.

This doesn’t have to be the case. There’s no reason for a meeting to be boring and there are so many ways to spice up your workshops. You can make all the events you lead more interesting, productive, and effective by using different kinds of interactive exercises: from simple ice-breakers and energizers to team-building and problem-solving exercises.

Whether it’s a formal presentation, an informal meeting with a smaller team or even a meeting with just one individual, using activities and exercises to set the right tone for the meetings you lead can make them more interesting, engaging, and, ultimately, more productive.

Andy Burnett, a recovering academic, and Donnalyn Roxey, a research development professional, both from Knowinnovation (KI), are deeply passionate about team science and working with research development professionals around the world. Knowinnovation is a global team of creatives that specializes in facilitating and accelerating academic, scientific, interdisciplinary innovation. They focus most of their attention on the academic environment, putting their unique method – based on the science of deliberate creativity – in palatable terms for scientists and academics.  Combined they have lead hundreds of workshops, for federal sponsors such as NSF, NIH, and NASA as well as academic institutions large and small around the world.

NORDP’s Professional Development Committee invites members to attend this two-part webinar series, Developing More Engaging Meetings and Workshops. These webinars will be full of strategies and tips for planning your event, the physical and psychological environment, engaging your audience, and much more. Registration is required for all webinars.

Part One: People and Place 
March 7 12:30 to 1:30 pm Eastern Time 

Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Whether you are going it alone, or presenting with others, it is important to think about your presentation from the audience’s perspective. Who are they, what are their preferences, what do they hope to get from you? How might you strategically select the participants, or more likely, how might you make the best with whom you must have in the room? In addition to discussion audience, we will spend time discussing the setting of your presentation. What kind of space do you have to work with and how might you best arrange it to maximize interactions?  What are small things you can do to make the space more enjoyable? This webinar will focus on the audience and ambiance you set for your presentation.

Part Two: Agendas and Planning
March 16, 2018 1:00 to 2:00 Eastern Time

Register hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

What might be new ways to build an interactive agenda to maximize innovation and idea exchange? How might you entice participants to attend, and come back? What is a tried and true method for soliciting useful feedback in any group? What might be some tips and techniques for executing your agenda? This webinar will focus on building an agenda for your meeting or workshop and facilitation tips and watch-outs for implementing your agenda.

These webinars will be presented by Andy Burnett, a recovering academic, and Donnalyn Roxey, a research development professional, both from Knowinnovation (KI).  Both are deeply passionate about team science and working with research development professionals around the world. Knowinnovation is a global team of creatives that specializes in facilitating and accelerating academic, scientific, interdisciplinary innovation. They focus most of their attention on the academic environment, putting their unique method – based on the science of deliberate creativity – in palatable terms for scientists and academics.  Combined they have lead hundreds of workshops, for federal sponsors such as NSF, NIH, and NASA as well as academic institutions large and small around the world.

For questions or additional information, contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith (kariwk@uwm.edu). We hope to “see” you at the webinar!

Posted on behalf of the NORDP Professional Development Committee

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