In-Service Day is Here!

Posted on behalf of Kirk Walker, Training Manager

GREEN RIVER TASTING TOURS!
Pie_eating_contest_1923Your In-Service Day Committee is excited to kick off Green River’s Tasting Tours during In-Service Day this year on Friday, April 21st! You may ask, “What are you talking about?” Tasting Tours are scheduled campus events for faculty and staff to visit divisions/departments in their respective work areas to take guided tours of buildings/classrooms/work areas (if possible),  engage in conversations about what the divisions/departments do and learn about their new programs/initiatives– all the while enjoying food and getting to know each other better!businessman-607831_960_720

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS!

You asked and we listened! Our first In-Service Day workshops that you can receive Green River Continuing Education credits for are Coaching, Time Management, and Power of First Impressions. Remember that faculty can use continuing education credits to increase their total number of credits up to the maximum 360 credits.

APRIL 21st IN-SERVICE DAY
SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

8:30 am – 9:05 am: Tasting Tours first stop: Note that a light breakfast will be served at each stop

  • If your last name begins with the letter A through L,  your Tasting Tour begins in Trades Building TTA 400 Complex at 8:30 am for the “Brake-fast and Tasting Tour”  with the Trades Division. 
  • If your last name begins with the letter M through Z, your Tasting Tour begins in Salish Hall 110  at 8:30 am for the “Rock and Enroll Tasting Tour”  with Enrollment Services.

9:05 am – 9:15 am: Transition time to next Tasting Tour Stop

10:00 am – 11:50 am: Workshops

11:50 am – 1:00 pm: Sandwich Wrap Buffet

View the 2017 Green River In-Service Day Workshops

Presentations Are Boring

No matter how excited you are about your area of expertise, no matter how fascinated you may be by the work you are doing, and no matter what is happening within your department…it’s pretty safe to assume that no one else is as excited as you are. Put simply, presentations are boring. “Death by PowerPoint” is actually #7 on the top list of workplace injuries.

Presentations are boring

See, it’s a fact.

Let’s backtrack for a moment though and clarify what I’m trying to say. Content, no matter how meaningful, is never enough. But…content is king, right? Actually, your audience, their motivation, and creating a unique experience is actually king. It’s about making your content memorable and motivational for the people in the audience. Just because you’ve spent the past month gathering data and filling your presentation with endless information, doesn’t mean anyone will actually remember it.

That’s why instructors vary their method of delivery. Instead of simply relaying information every single class, they’re lecturing, presenting, asking questions, sharing life experiences, encouraging peer-to-peer interaction, creating group projects, and trying to get students to soak up the information in ways that they (the students) can actually relate to. If you think back to the best class you’ve ever taken, it’s usually because of a great instructor (not just the meaningful content).

So…we can at least half-way agree that presentations are boring. Knowing this I was a little worried (okay, a lot worried) that I would fall flat on my face and fail to connect with the audience. I was told that I’d have 5 minutes to talk about social media. Social Media. Yup…boring. Who cares about social media anyways? Not me.

Focus of Presenation

The real meaning behind the new Human Resources identity.

And so, I struggled to brainstorm, write up sticky note storyboards, and develop a working outline. I knew I had great information on all of our social media platforms. I had key analytics that demonstrated engagement and an increase in readership over time. I had background information into the effort and production that happened behind the scenes. Even knowing I had all of this information I still struggled to find my message. Who cares about numbers, clicks, views, and endless social media buzzwords. Nobody.

I then began to craft a message that told a story. I shared a vision. I spoke to what my audience valued and connected my content to those values. Once I was able to do that it became very apparent what I should ditch and what I should focus on. Below is the final result.

If anyone else struggles with presentations, believes that most presentations are boring, and seeks to become a better presenter, below are some great resources. They help me unlearn from time to time and focus on what is most important.

Presentation Resources

Presentation Resources

Just two of the many books I have go back to for presentations.

Lastly, I don’t have any inspiring tips for overcoming stage fright. Before every single course I have ever taught and before delivering any presentation my heart is beating a hundred miles an hour. Gulp.

Nervous on stage? Who, me?

Nervous on stage? Who, me?

Combined Faculty and Staff In-Service Day Presentations

Campus Safety, MarCom, Student Affairs, and Human Resources shared with the Green River Community highlights of their respective departments successes and new initiatives. We want to express our heart felt thanks to them for the time they invested into creating and delivering their messages. Take a minute to view their presentations.

Human Resources Presentation

Campus Safety Presentation

Student Affairs Presentation

Human Resources Presentation

To Email or Not Presentation Follow-Up:

  • To Email or Not Pop Quiz Winner
  • Winner:  David Larsen
  • Honorable Mentions:  Judy Fuchs and Joanne Sanden

In-Service Day Resource Fair: Connect. Discover. Learn.

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Hello Outreach & Service Learning and Welcome & Testing Center!

Green River’s Resource Fair was a hit!  Faculty and staff connected (or reconnected) with each other as they talked about Green River’s campuses, departments, and committees while enjoying a Red Vine Licorice.

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This must be the booth with all the free candy…

A huge thanks to the branch campuses for adding treats to the plethora of brochures, handouts, business cards, and marketing giveaways that employees gathered as they visited more than 30 tables.

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Hello Transitional Studies (ABE, GED, MAC, ESOL, & I-BEST) booth!

New faculty and staff finally put names and faces together while discovering the new services departments are providing and learning about the great work that committees are doing on campus.

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And the winner for best booth collaboration goes to David and Allison!

View the complete photo gallery on our Flickr site!