Communication Skills

Cluster

Leadership & Personal efficiency

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools

Level

All PhD students

Key words

Solutions focus, communication skills, assertiveness, communication styles, teamwork

Aim

In order to be successful in your PhD, you need to be able to “manage” your project, yourself and your environment. This course focuses on this last challenge: influencing your colleagues, supervisor, peers and other parties effectively. At the end of this training, you will be able to
•    identify those parties that you really need to influence
•    adapt your influencing style to different persons/parties
•    discuss problems and issues in a solutions focused way
•    choose deliberately how to act and respond to others, rather than reacting impulsively
•    bring assertive messages without being aggressive
•    give and receive feedback in a constructive way
•    say no to requests or expectations you can’t fulfill
•    reinforce the collaboration within the team by making use of the team building blocks

Contents

Module 1: Communication skills Basics

•    Solutions Focus as basic communication paradigm
•    Identifying interaction patterns and how you contribute to these patterns
•    Changing undesired interaction patterns
•    Active listening
•    Assertiveness
•    Feedback
•    Saying no
•    Delivering difficult messages
•    Situational Influencing
•    Effective teamwork

Teacher: True Colours

Dates - Venue

Course code Dates 1st semester 2017-2018 Time Teaching room
COM-1718-01 12 + 13 October 2017 (Thu-Fri) 9:00-17:00 room 4.1 (4th fl), Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences, FPPW, H. Dunantlaan 2, Gent
COM-1718-02 23 + 24 November 2017 (Thu-Fri) 9:00-17:00 room 4.1 (4th fl), Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences, FPPW, H. Dunantlaan 2, Gent
COM-1718-03 21 + 22 December 2017 (Thu-Fri) 9:00-17:00 21/12: room 5.1 (5th fl) + 22/12: room 4.1 (4th fl), Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences, FPPW, H. Dunantlaan 2, Gent

Registration

https://webapps.ugent.be/eventManager/events/RegistrationLinkCommSkills

Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. If the course is fully booked, send an e-mail to to be added to the waiting list. Please mention your student nr and preferred session.

Modules Negotiation skills and Conflict management

Module 2: Negotiation Skills

This module requires having followed the "Communications Skills – Basics" module (2 days) first !

Teacher: True Colours

Course code Dates 1st semester 2017-2018 Time Teaching room
to be announced

Use following registration link:  

Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. If the course is fully booked, send an e-mail to to be added to the waiting list.

Module 3: Conflict management

This module requires having followed the "Communications Skills – Basics" module (2 days) first !

Teacher: True Colours

Course code Dates 1st semester 2017-2018 Time Teaching room
to be announced

 

Use following registration link:

Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. If the course is fully booked, send an e-mail to to be added to the waiting list.

From 2013-2014, the course (Authentic) Networking no longer belongs to the communication training. You can include this course in the cluster Career management, without attending the basic communication training first. PhD students who have attended the module networking prior to 2013-2014 can include this module in the cluster Communication skills.

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members

Format

Interactive workshops. The communication training starts with module 1. Afterwards you attend at least one other module (module 2 and/or 3).

Number of participants

12

Language

English

Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

Active participation