Fairfield University professor offers two skills workshops in April



Leadership styles April 1st and presentation skills April 21st

Image: Paul MaloneyFairfield University professor Paul Maloney of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions will offer two April workshops for members of the community that teach important business skills. On Friday, April 1st, Maloney tackles leadership styles and on Thursday, April 21, he will focus on effective presentation skills. Both workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held at Alumni House. Space is limited and reservations for the April 1st workshop are required by Tuesday, March 29; registration deadline for the presentation skills workshop is Monday, April 18. The fee for each workshop is $100. For more information or to register, contact Kim Baer in the dean's office: KBaer@fairfield.edu or by phone at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2140.

Today's leaders function in a dynamic and ever-changing environment. The April 1st leadership styles workshop is designed to help participants develop leadership skills that will enable them to deal effectively with changing situations using different styles. Through case studies, discussion, and role-play, participants will learn to:

  • Explain the differences between management and leadership
  • Define leadership
  • Specify the four key styles of leadership and when to apply them
  • Identify the readiness of their followers
  • Explain the situational model
  • Determine the impact of applying the wrong style
  • Develop a vision statement
  • Practice the styles and receive feedback
  • Develop an action plan for their own development

Maloney's April 21st workshop on effective presentation skills uses proven tools to plan, organize and deliver presentations with commitment, engage their audience, and deal with difficult people and questions confidently.

The intensive program uses case discussions, practice exercises, feedback, self-assessment and action planning to develop these crucial skills.

The workshop will help participants:

  • Identify and apply key delivery and visual techniques
  • Plan and organize presentations to inform and persuade
  • Conduct an audience analysis
  • Handle difficult and unanticipated questions and situations
  • Develop a personal action plan based on feedback from video, the instructor and peers

Maloney is an assistant professor of the practice, applied psychology. His career includes senior management and development positions at NBC, Mobil Oil Corporation and PepsiCo International and he has consulted worldwide for American Airlines, GE, Schering-Plough, Kodak, Chrysler Capital, Artisan Software, Nielsen Media Research, and many other organizations. His specialties include change management, leadership, executive feedback and coaching, and presentation skills. He served as a lieutenant in the navy and later earned his doctorate from the University of Virginia.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 15, 2011

Vol. 43, No. 236