Special Topics Learning Outcomes

The following are the Learning Objectives of each Special Topic.

1. Negotiating Skills

  • Understand gendered aspects of negotiation
  • Identify the 5 negotiating styles
  • Apply the 5-stage negotiating model in your future interactions
  • Learn tips & techniques to build your confidence as a negotiator

2. Mentors vs. Sponsors

  • Context of Leadership Skills
  • What is Mentorship & Sponsorship?
  • Why are they important?
  • Are they different for Women?
  • Where are you on the mentorship/ sponsorship scorecard?
  • What strategies can make you successful at both

3. Communication Styles

  • Identify the Four Communication Styles, including yours
  • Anticipate being able to communicate better with the other communication styles in your future interactions
  • Understand some of the Gendered and other stereotype aspects of Communication
  • Better able to communicate with men & women
  • Learn tips & techniques to build your confidence as a communicator in SETT workplaces

4. Respectful and Inclusive SETT Workplaces

  • Increase participants’ knowledge of the factors that influence the success of SETT women in their organizations
  • Introduce tools to assess current workplace conditions and policies
  • Share effective practices and strategies to welcome, support and enable their top female talent

5. Implicit and Unconscious Bias in the SETT Workplace

  • Increase participants’ knowledge of Implicit Bias
  • Understand the importance and Impact
  • Understand how it works based upon the research
  • Overview Stereotype Threat & the Myth of Meritocracy
  • Introduce tips to counter the effects of Implicit Bias

6. Microagressions in the SETT Workplace

  • Understand Gender-based Microagressions and their impact on Women in SETT
  • Appreciate that Gender-based Microagressions can be amplified in SETT workplaces (while also being the perfect place to work on them)
  • Discuss examples of Gender-based Microagressions
  • Have methods to deal with Microagression if you’re a woman in SETT
  • Be better able to deal with Microaggressions if you employ/manage/work with women in SETT

7. Dealing with Challenging People

  • Explore why you find some people “difficult” or challenging to work with
  • Understand how different communication and leadership styles can contribute to challenging relationships
  • Learn how to turn challenges into opportunities
  • Identify gender factors in the SETT workplace
  • Share tips to improve working relationships

8. Leading Change

  • Understand various models for leading change
  • Understand how gender can impact leadership and approaches to change
  • Learn how to embrace change and manage change more effectively
  • Acquire strategies to build your confidence as a leader of change
  • Identify opportunities for leading change in the SETT workplace

9. Difficult Conversations

  • Identify what makes conversations difficult for you
  • Implement techniques to improve your conversational skills
  • Develop a plan to improve your skills for difficult conversations in SETT workplaces
  • Use a simple framework to prepare for and navigate difficult conversations
  • Understand some of the Gendered and other stereotyped aspects of difficult conversations

10. Networking & Professional Presence

  • Understanding How YOU are Perceived
  • What is your Reputation/ Brand?
  • Four components of your Professional Presence
  • Networking Techniques
  • Who faces specific networking challenges?
  • Conversation Openers & Exit Strategies
  • Conferences – a Special Case
  • Online Networking

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