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Continuing Professional Development Courses

The YPC sponsors a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Course each year at the ASABE Annual International Meeting

Previous Topics:
"Project Teams - Have you reached your potential?"
Many of us find ourselves working in teams everyday, but does your team have the "edge" it needs to be highly successful. Participants will learn skills related to situational leadership and utilizing diversity within your team. We will cover how to create trust, respect, and open communication within your teams. We will also discuss the three Laws of Teamwork: (1) The Law of the Niche - challenge participants to evaluate their dream and the team that will help them fulfill it. Think about new ways to build a Dream Team. (2) Law of the Catalyst - Nine important characteristics of a catalyst. Participants will be evaluated to see if they possess characteristics that challenge others to be a catalyst (3) Law of the Bad Apple - Facing the challenge of the all-important attitude. Members will decide if they have a best friend or an enemy in their attitude.

"Communication and Leadership in the Workplace - Leveraging your Personality for Effectiveness"
To assist participants to identify and utilize the strengths they bring to the workplace, to appreciate and understand the strengths others bring to the workplace and to create a personal strategy for handling workplace challenges constructively and productively. Presentation will include short lectures and discussions supported by Power Point, individual, group and out-of-your-seat activities.

"Effective Communication - Conveying information to Technical and Non-Technical People"
Presentation Skills: Participants will learn keys to organizing, preparing and presenting information. This includes visual aids, do's and don'ts and speaking skills. Speaking the Language: Participants will learn how to make an effective technical presentation to other technical people. A Different Language: Participants will learn how to make an effective presentation to non-technical people. Benefits: Employers of engineers nearly always identify the same concern about their engineers: lack of good communication skills. Attendees will learn speaking tips and techniques they can implement immediately, and other suggestions for things to practice and work on as they develop more effective technical communication skills. Four continuing education units are credited for this course.

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