Interpersonal Development

Think Like an Actor, Present Like a Pro

8 am to 10 am, October 19, 2017

It’s conference season, and you’ve once again been asked to share your expertise by giving a breakout session at a regional, national or international conference. The thought makes you both smile and shiver. The pressure to deliver a presentation to a group of your professional colleagues that is clear, confident and memorable is undeniable. As you prepare, you start to wonder:

“How do I make my presentation more interesting?"

“How do I convey numbers, facts and data in a way that everyone can understand?”

Improve Your Coaching Skills

8 am to 12 pm, May 30, 2017

This workshop is intended to expose faculty and senior level administrators to foundational concepts and applicable tools for one-on-one developmental coaching. Coaching is defined as a formal one-on-one collaborative relationship between a coach and a staff member or student where there is accountability and support for:

Essential Skills for Successful Leadership

8 am to 4 pm, December 08, 2017

This 1-day workshop is designed to assist faculty in developing the essential leadership and management skills necessary to run a lab, start a program, or manage a center or division.

This workshop will highlight topics such as:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Diversity
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Managing performance

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

Making the Most of Your Presentation

11 am to 1 pm, October 09, 2017

Strong presentation skills are a key to success for researchers and other professionals alike, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they usually are in their work, they go at it intuitively or haphazardly, with much good will but seldom with an effective outcome.

This lecture proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver an oral presentation; it covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright.

Communicating the Value of Your Research to a Broad Audience

11 am to 1 pm, November 09, 2017

As researchers, you have a lot of different audiences that may benefit from knowing about your work (ex. funders, patients, community members, industry partners, etc.). But most research training focuses on how to communicate to others in your field. This workshop will address this challenge by teaching the importance of value propositions and communicating research in a way that makes it compelling for every audience.

Time Management: Getting Things Done (GTD)

10 am, September 29, 2017

This is a two-part workshop. Participants must attend both sessions.

January 16, 2024  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
January 23, 2024  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Research shows that mental clutter, or information overload, has significant negative effects on our productivity, relationships, happiness, and overall quality of life. It’s the stuff that keeps us up at night, reduces our focus on what is important, and prohibits us from getting things done.

Crucial Conversations

10 am, March 22, 2018

This is a two-part workshop. Participants must attend both sessions.

October 16, 2023  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
October 23, 2023  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly or ignored—lead to strained relationships and dismal results. In this workshop, participants will learn to: 

Early Career Kickstart: Clinical Track

10 am, May 07, 2018

These biannual sessions are intended as a follow-up to the monthly New Faculty Orientation. Orientation gave you the information to get you started at Michigan. In this session, there will be specific focus on expectations for advancement and career planning within the clinical track pathways. 

Intended Audience: Medical School clinical track faculty (and clinical lecturers who are interested in the clinical track) who have been at the organization for at least 3-6 months

Early Career Kickstart: Tenure Track

10 am, May 07, 2018

These biannual sessions are intended as a follow-up to the monthly New Faculty Orientation. Orientation gave you the information to get you started at Michigan. In this session, there will be specific focus on expectations for advancement and career planning within the tenure track.  Established instructional track faculty will share their stories around their career trajectories including milestones and stumbling blocks to avoid.

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