Communication Skills

Networking for Researchers

2 pm, November 30, 2022

A success factor for any career, networking can be daunting for shyer people, who then envy the “people-oriented” ones. In fact, both the introverted and the extraverted can benefit from a more systematic approach to professional networking. 

This lecture reviews the types of network worth considering and the approaches to effective networking, both face to face and online, each time offering concrete, readily applicable tips.

Change Management: Simplifying and Accelerating Organizational Change

10 am, March 30, 2023

Are you inundated with change? New technologies, operational challenges, and adjusted expectations create rapid, compounding change. Discover a model to navigate personal and organizational change while building agility and resilience in yourself and others. Use our R.E.A.D.Y. framework to identify strategies to overcome resistance, uncertainty, and apprehension while encouraging adoption of change.

This program is highly interactive and includes small group breakout sessions.

Emotional Intelligence for Physicians

3 pm, September 25, 2023

Join us for this highly interactive 2.5-hour workshop! We will explore the 4 components of emotional intelligence EQ and practice specific strategies to increase them. Take away new strategies and techniques to increase your self-awareness, self-management, and relationships.

Participants will be asked to complete an online EQ assessment prior to the workshop (15-20 min. needed to complete). 

This is an interactive workshop that will include small group breakouts.

Running Effective Meetings

10 am, November 01, 2023

“This should have been an email.” “Why am I here?” “I think we went backwards in this meeting.” “That was the most unproductive hour of my week.” “I can’t believe they let him get away with such awful behavior.” 

Do any of these statements sound familiar?

Untangling Academic Scholarship: Writing, Reviewing, and Responding

2 pm, January 02, 2024

This short workshop will give an overview of the typical scholarly journal structure and reviewing process. Best practices for becoming involved as a reviewer and accomplishing the reviews will be given. Journal rankings and choosing an appropriate journal are also topics. The components of a typical scholarly paper are discussed in turn and writing papers that facilitate acceptance will be examined. Handling reviews effectively will also be covered including the steps of revision, responding to reviewers, and publicizing your accepted paper.

Your Research Presence Online: Author Identifiers and Scholarly Profiles

4 pm, March 12, 2024

This session introduces author identifiers and online scholarly profiles. We’ll dig into a few of the specific author identifiers that are available including ORCID and Scopus Author IDs, and spend some time looking at the different platforms that scholars use including Google Scholar and Michigan Experts. We’ll cover general best practices and reasons to maintain your online profiles, and also have time to create, claim, or review your profiles.

Your Research Presence Online: Engaging on Social Media

4 pm, March 12, 2024

Beyond just having an online presence via profiles, researchers can engage online in different ways. In this session, we’ll discuss different ways that researchers can share about their work or areas of expertise online, and cover best practices for engaging on social media. Attendees will have some time to consider what platforms they want to engage with and identify some ways to do so.

Data, Data, Everywhere! Managing & Organizing Data

5 pm, March 12, 2024

This workshop is open to faculty and staff.

Doing scientific research usually means generating lots of digital data and files. In this workshop we will go over recommended practices for how to organize and manage your files, how to create a file naming convention, and practical strategies you can apply right away to help get better organized.


Sara Samuel, MSI
University of Michigan Library

Kate Saylor, MSI
University of Michigan Library