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1. Business Writing Seminar

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My mom sent me information on a seminar (http://www.teamasia.com/events/communicating2005_april/index.htm) on business writing, knowing how I'd like to improve my communication skills. P 8,500 (early bird discount) buys a lot of business writing books, though, and I don't think I'll be able to make use of these skills just yet. Perhaps after grad school?

Does your job entail a lot of writing? Do you panic when confronted with a writing assignment? Does preparing a business report or a business proposal send shivers up and down your spine? Are you unsure of what words to use? If so, then this workshop on effective business writing is for you. Peppered with exercises and easy-to-grasp, practical tips for better business writing, this workshop is designed for Executives like you who regularly compose their own correspondence. You'll benefit from on-the-spot mentoring and participating in discussions that identify and address your own particular writing challenges.Plus, you'll take a look at what works and what won't in writing:

  • Cover Letters
  • Sales Letters
  • E-Mail Messages
  • Memos
  • Business Reports
  • Business Proposals
  • Responses to Complaints

Maybe later, when I think I'll be doing a lot more writing. Right now, I'd love more classes on presentation and public speaking. Actually, scratch that--I know the _theory_, but I want to see it in _practice._ I want to listen to good speakers, people who aren't dependent on random Microsoft Powerpoint transitions or pretty clip-art, people who don't read off the slides, people who can hold an entire hall captive with just voice and a few visual aids. I want to meet masters.

That's what I picked up from Ranulf's talk at La Salle. He and Niel Dagondon talked about game development in the Philippines, but what _really_ struck me was their presentation styles. Ranulf was a typical geek; sincere, informative, but with halting delivery and not much audience connection. Niel--Niel knew how to work the crowd. He got them to laugh. He made them feel special. My (paper) notebook was full of notes on his speaking style. Niel's not perfect, but he's better than Ranulf, and he's more at ease with the crowd than I am. I have much to learn.

I'm a strange kind of geek. I devour books on public speaking, negotiation, sales, even marketing--all of these things that most geeks don't think necessary. I _like_ presentations. I enjoy getting up there and sharing what I've learned. Yes, my knees get weak and I get annoyed with myself when I can't figure out a good way to explain something, but it's _fun._ Scary, but fun.

I like explaining things. I like exciting people, making them curious, helping them get started. I twitch whenever I see a nifty idea obscured by poor presentation skills. I hate it when people think computer science is boring or difficult, because it can be so much more fun than that. I want to learn how to sell ideas, how to set people on fire.

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2. University of Asia and the Pacific: Business talks

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Raven said

Hi Sacha! UA&P usually hosts a lot of such talks, ranging from business writing to power dressing. I'm sure they'd have seminars on public speaking / giving presentations. I'll inform you when I receive such a memo. ^_^

I'd like to share this as well: when I was in undergrad I was a member of a laboratory where each of us had to deliver a seminar or two about certain papers related to our research. I thought that that was such a great training, since we not only get to practice public speaking on a regular basis, we also got to watch others do it so we knew how a good (or a bad) presentation looked like.

Amen. I still wince when I watch other people read off the slides. Students hate it when their teachers do that, but they don't get exposed to enough good presentations to learn how to deliver them. Presentations in other departments are pretty good--I always looked forward to the Comm presentation during Faculty Day--but people in the sciences often miss out on presentation skills...

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