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Communication | Working effectively

Effective communication: how to build effective work relationships

If you want your PhD project to be a success, effective communication is essential. In this one day course, we will provide you with a few techniques that will help you to clarify intentions, understand cultural differences and increase your influence.

Target group
PhD candidate
Teacher
Aletta Wubben  (Mens- en Organisatieontwikkeling)
Method
Training course

Note: This course Effective communication has a new name: How to build effective work relationships.

The PhD process is about realising an ambition. This requires talent as a researcher but also the ability to manage yourself and your environment. How you communicate with people who are in one way or another involved in this process is essential.

You can encounter everything in that communication. How do you deal with someone who has other interests than you? How can you influence a colleague who has a different vision? How to discuss your setbacks with your supervisor?

Every situation offers a range of response options and the one approach will yield more than the other. It is important to understand communications and how to anticipate. 

For whom

PhDs from Leiden University and LUMC, who want to learn how to communicate constructively and influentially.

Topics

  • Styles of influence
  • Handling differences in outlook and interests
  • Unarticulated expectations
  • Taboos in communication
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Cultural differences in communication

What you'll learn

In this workshop you’ll be more aware of your style of interaction, and will have guidelines for more effective communication with your PhD supervisor/manager, mentor, colleagues and others. We will provide you with a few techniques that will help you to clarify intentions, understand cultural differences and increase your influence.

Format

Prior to the course you will receive a questionnaire about your expectations and objectives. You will also be asked to give an example of a difficult situation you have encountered. During the day we will look at these personal examples and the relevant theory.

Workload

The workload for this course amounts to 6 hours including attendance and preparation.

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