Communication workshops

We invite you to browse our upcoming and past workshop's by skill domains.



Academic writing


Concerned about the publication process and what it might look like for you and your research? Join members of the Concordia University research and publishing community with peer review experience in various disciplines, to get the inside scoop on what’s expected and what to expect.
 
  • 09 February
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online

Presenting


Do you want to learn how to communicate your thesis compellingly and clearly? Participating in the Concordia Three Minute Thesis and Ma thése en 180 secondes (3MT&MT180) Competition is a perfect opportunity to receive individual coaching to improve your public speaking skills and communicate your work effectively.
 
The 3MT competition is open to all Doctoral students and Master's (thesis-option). while the MT180 competition is only open to Doctoral students. Interested students must sign up for one of the training sessions, where they will learn details about he requirements of the competition and receive coaching on how to present their research in an engaging and accessible way.
 
*PhD students interested in signing up for the MT180 competition must register in section 1 or 3*
 
All participants must fully attend their online training sessions and participate in at least one in-person practice session with guest coaches between February and March.
 
Students are expected to dedicate around 20 hours to participate in the 3MT/MT180 competition:  8h for coaching sessions, 5-10 of individual work on crafting the presentation structure and slide, 2h for the competition dry run, and 2h for attending the final competition.
 
Competition Timeline:
 
  • January 27-February 23: Online training focusing on designing the pitch and slide as follows:
    • 1st training session: Students learn the rules of the competition and judging criteria and start drafting their script outline
    • 2nd training session: Students present their script and get feedback on their story from their coaches and peers
    • 3rd training session: Students present updated script and slide based on feedback received during second session
  • February 24-March 10: Students in sections 1-3 can sign up for any 4th in-person trianing session where they practice in front of their guest coaches. The coaching for these sessions focuses on presentation delivery and body language and the title of the presentation.
  • March 17: Dry run for the competition
  • March 24: Final competition
  • April-June: National competitions (CAGS Eastern Regional 3MT finals; ACFAS MT180)
The 2023 3MT/MT180 Concordia compeution will take place on Froday, March 24, 2023 at 2 PM, 4th Space. Prizes will be awarded to the top presenters, and two students will be selected to represent Concordia University at the regional and national competitions. The audience can choose their favourite presentation by casting their votes online for the People's Choice Award at the Masters and Doctoral level. 
 
Please review the detailed schedule for your section by clicking here.
  • 27 January - 17 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • In person & online

Presenting


Do you want to learn how to communicate your thesis compellingly and clearly? Participating in the Concordia Three Minute Thesis and Ma thése en 180 secondes (3MT&MT180) Competition is a perfect opportunity to receive individual coaching to improve your public speaking skills and communicate your work effectively.
 
The 3MT competition is open to all Doctoral students and Master's (thesis-option). while the MT180 competition is only open to Doctoral students. Interested students must sign up for one of the training sessions, where they will learn details about he requirements of the competition and receive coaching on how to present their research in an engaging and accessible way.
 
*PhD students interested in signing up for the MT180 competition must register in section 1 or 3*
 
All participants must fully attend their online training sessions and participate in at least one in-person practice session with guest coaches between February and March.
 
Students are expected to dedicate around 20 hours to participate in the 3MT/MT180 competition:  8h for coaching sessions, 5-10 of individual work on crafting the presentation structure and slide, 2h for the competition dry run, and 2h for attending the final competition.
 
Competition Timeline:
 
  • January 27-February 23: Online training focusing on designing the pitch and slide as follows:
    • 1st training session: Students learn the rules of the competition and judging criteria and start drafting their script outline
    • 2nd training session: Students present their script and get feedback on their story from their coaches and peers
    • 3rd training session: Students present updated script and slide based on feedback received during second session
  • February 24-March 10: Students in sections 1-3 can sign up for any 4th in-person trianing session where they practice in front of their guest coaches. The coaching for these sessions focuses on presentation delivery and body language and the title of the presentation.
  • March 17: Dry run for the competition
  • March 24: Final competition
  • April-June: National competitions (CAGS Eastern Regional 3MT finals; ACFAS MT180)
The 2023 3MT/MT180 Concordia compeution will take place on Froday, March 24, 2023 at 2 PM, 4th Space. Prizes will be awarded to the top presenters, and two students will be selected to represent Concordia University at the regional and national competitions. The audience can choose their favourite presentation by casting their votes online for the People's Choice Award at the Masters and Doctoral level. 
 
Please review the detailed schedule for your section by clicking here.
  • 31 January - 21 February
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • In person & online
Do you want to learn how to communicate your thesis compellingly and clearly? Participating in the Concordia Three Minute Thesis and Ma thése en 180 secondes (3MT&MT180) Competition is a perfect opportunity to receive individual coaching to improve your public speaking skills and communicate your work effectively.
 
The 3MT competition is open to all Doctoral students and Master's (thesis-option). while the MT180 competition is only open to Doctoral students. Interested students must sign up for one of the training sessions, where they will learn details about he requirements of the competition and receive coaching on how to present their research in an engaging and accessible way.
 
*PhD students interested in signing up for the MT180 competition must register in section 1 or 3*
 
All participants must fully attend their online training sessions and participate in at least one in-person practice session with guest coaches between February and March.
 
Students are expected to dedicate around 20 hours to participate in the 3MT/MT180 competition:  8h for coaching sessions, 5-10 of individual work on crafting the presentation structure and slide, 2h for the competition dry run, and 2h for attending the final competition.
 
Competition Timeline:
 
  • January 27-February 23: Online training focusing on designing the pitch and slide as follows:
    • 1st training session: Students learn the rules of the competition and judging criteria and start drafting their script outline
    • 2nd training session: Students present their script and get feedback on their story from their coaches and peers
    • 3rd training session: Students present updated script and slide based on feedback received during second session
  • February 24-March 10: Students in sections 1-3 can sign up for any 4th in-person trianing session where they practice in front of their guest coaches. The coaching for these sessions focuses on presentation delivery and body language and the title of the presentation.
  • March 17: Dry run for the competition
  • March 24: Final competition
  • April-June: National competitions (CAGS Eastern Regional 3MT finals; ACFAS MT180)
The 2023 3MT/MT180 Concordia compeution will take place on Froday, March 24, 2023 at 2 PM, 4th Space. Prizes will be awarded to the top presenters, and two students will be selected to represent Concordia University at the regional and national competitions. The audience can choose their favourite presentation by casting their votes online for the People's Choice Award at the Masters and Doctoral level. 
 
Please review the detailed schedule for your section by clicking here.
  • 02 February - 23 February
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • In person & online

Relationship building


What will employers ask? How will you respond to those tough questions? It is important to know how to make the right impression! Learn what you need to know about interviewing and lower your anxiety by preparing well. You will also find out why employers screen candidates over the telephone and get tips on preparing for the telephone interview.
 
  • 07 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
How should you respond when offered a position? This clinic will teach you the various elements of a job offer, how to evaluate them, and most importantly, how to negotiate them.
 
  • 21 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online

Academic writing


Your graduate thesis is one of the ways that Concordia fulfills its mission to create and disseminate knowledge. As an official Concordia document, your thesis needs to meet certain requirements.

If you are a masters or doctoral student in the early or middle stages of drafting your thesis, this workshop is for you. This workshop will review the who’s who of thesis submission, the different kinds of theses (research creation, manuscript-based, traditional), and the differing requirements needed to submit. The workshop will also cover the important deadlines and procedures for thesis submission and graduation. Participants will be able to begin planning their own thesis timeline and submission plan during the workshop.

 
  • 18 May
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  • Online
Your graduate thesis is one of the ways that Concordia fulfills its mission to create and disseminate knowledge. As an official Concordia document, your thesis needs to meet certain requirements.

If you are a masters or doctoral student in the early or middle stages of drafting your thesis, this workshop is for you. This workshop will review the who’s who of thesis submission, the different kinds of theses (research creation, manuscript-based, traditional), and the differing requirements needed to submit. The workshop will also cover the important deadlines and procedures for thesis submission and graduation. Participants will be able to begin planning their own thesis timeline and submission plan during the workshop.

 
  • 14 October
  • 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Online
Does your thesis or research paper need a boost? Then join us for this hybrid three-day writing event, hosted in a supportive and motivating setting, and take a leap towards finishing your writing project.
 
Thesis Boost is for graduate students in the middle to later stages of writing their thesis or research papers. In partnership with the Library, Student Success Centre and Campus Wellness, we will offer you dedicated writing time, optional workshops, activities, and consultations with librarians and writing advisors to advance your writing project and adopt productive writing habits.
 
Library computers can be used as availability permits.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
 
  • 23 November - 25 November
  • 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Does your thesis or research paper need a boost? Then join us for this hybrid three-day writing event, hosted in a supportive and motivating setting, and take a leap towards finishing your writing project.
 
Thesis Boost is for graduate students in the middle to later stages of writing their thesis or research papers. In partnership with the Library, Student Success Centre and Campus Wellness, we will offer you dedicated writing time, optional workshops, activities, and consultations with librarians and writing advisors to advance your writing project and adopt productive writing habits.
 
Library computers can be used as availability permits.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
 
  • 18 May - 20 May
  • 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • In person & online
Effective note-taking is a key part of succeeding as a graduate student. In this workshop, we will discuss how to keep on top of your graduate studies by developing efficient note-taking and organization strategies.

It is important to go into every reading and research project with a note-taking plan. During this workshop, participants will practice clarifying their reading objectives, be introduced to a number of different note-taking tools, and have the opportunity to learn from one another’s methods.

 
  • 15 June
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Effective note-taking is a key part of succeeding as a graduate student. In this workshop, we will discuss how to keep on top of your graduate studies by developing efficient note-taking and organization strategies.

It is important to go into every reading and research project with a note-taking plan. During this workshop, participants will practice clarifying their reading objectives, be introduced to a number of different note-taking tools, and have the opportunity to learn from one another’s methods.

 
  • 04 October
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Online
Before you can write a successful paper, literature review, thesis, or any other academic work, you have to learn how to perfect the paragraph. Adopting the strategies for creating cohesive ideas, impactful statements, and a logical flow is crucial to any academic writing career.
Applicable to graduate-level writers of all backgrounds, the Perfecting the Paragraph workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of the most common mistakes that lead to unconvincing, unclear writing. Taking the paragraph as an “idea” unit, the workshop looks at the formulation and purpose of the topic sentence. It then focuses on paragraph structure, development of the main idea, transition to the next paragraph, punctuation, style, and vocabulary.

This workshop is particularly useful for non-native English speakers. Please note that this workshop focuses on basic elements and tips important for academic paragraph writing.

This workshop is divided in three segments. The first segment will present the basic elements of an academic paragraph. The second segment will overview useful tips and resources to keep in mind while writing. In the third segment, participants will review a writing sample as part of a peer-reviewing exercise. In a supportive environment, the instructor and participants will provide feedback on randomly assigned, anonymous writing samples based on the information presented in the previous two segments. Since writing samples are anonymous, participants are highly encouraged to submit their own writing samples to be peer-reviewed during this segment.

 
  • 19 May
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Before you can write a successful paper, literature review, thesis, or any other academic work, you have to learn how to perfect the paragraph. Adopting the strategies for creating cohesive ideas, impactful statements, and a logical flow is crucial to any academic writing career.
Applicable to graduate-level writers of all backgrounds, the Perfecting the Paragraph workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of the most common mistakes that lead to unconvincing, unclear writing. Taking the paragraph as an “idea” unit, the workshop looks at the formulation and purpose of the topic sentence. It then focuses on paragraph structure, development of the main idea, transition to the next paragraph, punctuation, style, and vocabulary.

This workshop is particularly useful for non-native English speakers. Please note that this workshop focuses on basic elements and tips important for academic paragraph writing.

This workshop is divided in three segments. The first segment will present the basic elements of an academic paragraph. The second segment will overview useful tips and resources to keep in mind while writing. In the third segment, participants will review a writing sample as part of a peer-reviewing exercise. In a supportive environment, the instructor and participants will provide feedback on randomly assigned, anonymous writing samples based on the information presented in the previous two segments. Since writing samples are anonymous, participants are highly encouraged to submit their own writing samples to be peer-reviewed during this segment.

 
  • 16 November
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
This workshop will define the various elements that comprise a literature review and provide practical strategies for students in the process of completing a literature review for coursework. Specific topics that are covered include identifying scholarly literature, creating and following a research plan, and assessing the usefulness of texts for your literature reviews.

Students will also have the opportunity to read and examine samples of literature reviews from completed dissertations and critique them with their peers.

 
  • 08 June
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
This workshop will define the various elements that comprise a literature review and provide practical strategies for students in the process of completing a literature review for coursework. Specific topics that are covered include identifying scholarly literature, creating and following a research plan, and assessing the usefulness of texts for your literature reviews.

Students will also have the opportunity to read and examine samples of literature reviews from completed dissertations and critique them with their peers.

 
  • 14 September
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop will define the various elements that comprise a literature review and provide practical strategies for students in the process of completing a literature review for coursework. Specific topics that are covered include identifying scholarly literature, creating and following a research plan, and assessing the usefulness of texts for your literature reviews.

Students will also have the opportunity to read and examine samples of literature reviews from completed dissertations and critique them with their peers.

 
  • 02 November
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
Abstracts are a crucial part of the majority of academic writing. Being able to compose a concise, accurate, and attractive abstract is an essential skill for graduate students. Abstracts allow you to promote your work to a broader audience by making it easier for others to understand your work, and by increasing your chances of successful conference and journal submissions.

This workshop presents information to help you understand the contents and purpose of abstracts and essential writing strategies for crafting a summary of your work in the abstract format. The workshop includes activities that allow students to acquire writing strategies in an interactive environment, benefitting from peer feedback on their work.

 
  • 31 May
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Abstracts are a crucial part of the majority of academic writing. Being able to compose a concise, accurate, and attractive abstract is an essential skill for graduate students. Abstracts allow you to promote your work to a broader audience by making it easier for others to understand your work, and by increasing your chances of successful conference and journal submissions.

This workshop presents information to help you understand the contents and purpose of abstracts and essential writing strategies for crafting a summary of your work in the abstract format. The workshop includes activities that allow students to acquire writing strategies in an interactive environment, benefitting from peer feedback on their work.

 
  • 10 November
  • 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Online
The thesis proposal is an important step in the research process and can help both masters and doctoral students clarify their goals, questions, methods, and timeline. The thesis proposal is a road map to your research, and understanding how to effectively write and structure a thesis proposal can be a critical part of the research process.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to some of the different kinds of thesis proposals and encouraged to consider how their research fits into these guides. The workshop will provide opportunities to think through research questions, theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and all the important sections that make up a thesis. It will also offer suggestions for how to structure and plan your own thesis proposal.

 
  • 01 June
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
The thesis proposal is an important step in the research process and can help both masters and doctoral students clarify their goals, questions, methods, and timeline. The thesis proposal is a road map to your research, and understanding how to effectively write and structure a thesis proposal can be a critical part of the research process.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to some of the different kinds of thesis proposals and encouraged to consider how their research fits into these guides. The workshop will provide opportunities to think through research questions, theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and all the important sections that make up a thesis. It will also offer suggestions for how to structure and plan your own thesis proposal.

 
  • 19 October
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
Oral presentation skills are essential for every graduate student to successfully convey key aspects of their work in class, at academic conferences, and to potential employers.

This workshop series will outline elements that contribute to effective presentations, including preparation, structure, and delivery. We will discuss how to construct a presentation, as well as select appropriate visual aids and strategies to deliver your presentation in an engaging manner.

In addition, we have updated this workshop to include strategies for presenting in virtual environments including tips for a professional presentation in a home office setting and effective virtual engagement tools.

The first part will present the theory on the essentials of graduate presentation skills. Optional 2nd part: participants will be asked to prepare and deliver a 3-minutes presentation to the class and will receive feedback from both their peers and the workshop leader.
  • 24 May
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Oral presentation skills are essential for every graduate student to successfully convey key aspects of their work in class, at academic conferences, and to potential employers.

This workshop series will outline elements that contribute to effective presentations, including preparation, structure, and delivery. We will discuss how to construct a presentation, as well as select appropriate visual aids and strategies to deliver your presentation in an engaging manner.

In addition, we have updated this workshop to include strategies for presenting in virtual environments including tips for a professional presentation in a home office setting and effective virtual engagement tools.

The first part will present the theory on the essentials of graduate presentation skills. Optional 2nd part: participants will be asked to prepare and deliver a 3-minutes presentation to the class and will receive feedback from both their peers and the workshop leader.
  • 03 November
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Sir George Williams
Oral presentation skills are essential for every graduate student to successfully convey key aspects of their work in class, at academic conferences, and to potential employers.

This workshop series will outline elements that contribute to effective presentations, including preparation, structure, and delivery. We will discuss how to construct a presentation, as well as select appropriate visual aids and strategies to deliver your presentation in an engaging manner.

In addition, we have updated this workshop to include strategies for presenting in virtual environments including tips for a professional presentation in a home office setting and effective virtual engagement tools.

The first part will present the theory on the essentials of graduate presentation skills. Optional 2nd part: participants will be asked to prepare and deliver a 3-minutes presentation to the class and will receive feedback from both their peers and the workshop leader.
  • 20 September
  • 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Online

Professional writing


Writing emails is an essential part of everyday communication, and depending on your role, you may receive dozens, or even hundreds, of emails every day. If you want to be understood, it is critical that you learn and practice effective emailing in school, on the job, and in almost every aspect of your life.

In the digital world, we are living in, time is an asset. Acquiring good email writing skills can help ensure your message reaches your audience and that your audience is able to take action. Acquiring good email management skills will also help demonstrate your professionalism and make better use of your time.

This workshop will present best practices in email writing and organization, within the Canadian work culture. Students will have the opportunity to discuss these best practices and participate in several email writing and critiquing activities.

 
  • 14 June
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online
Writing emails is an essential part of everyday communication, and depending on your role, you may receive dozens, or even hundreds, of emails every day. If you want to be understood, it is critical that you learn and practice effective emailing in school, on the job, and in almost every aspect of your life.

In the digital world, we are living in, time is an asset. Acquiring good email writing skills can help ensure your message reaches your audience and that your audience is able to take action. Acquiring good email management skills will also help demonstrate your professionalism and make better use of your time.

This workshop will present best practices in email writing and organization, within the Canadian work culture. Students will have the opportunity to discuss these best practices and participate in several email writing and critiquing activities.

 
  • 29 September
  • 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Online

Relationship building


What will employers ask? How will you respond to those tough questions? It is important to know how to make the right impression! Learn what you need to know about interviewing and lower your anxiety by preparing well. You will also find out why employers screen candidates over the telephone and get tips on preparing for the telephone interview.
 
  • 06 June
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
What will employers ask? How will you respond to those tough questions? It is important to know how to make the right impression! Learn what you need to know about interviewing and lower your anxiety by preparing well. You will also find out why employers screen candidates over the telephone and get tips on preparing for the telephone interview.
 
  • 09 November
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
What will employers ask? How will you respond to those tough questions? It is important to know how to make the right impression! Learn what you need to know about interviewing and lower your anxiety by preparing well. You will also find out why employers screen candidates over the telephone and get tips on preparing for the telephone interview.
 
  • 29 September
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Getting published is one of your goals as a scholar but understanding the process of getting published in not intuitive. How do you pick a journal? How do you collaborate with co-authors? When are you ready to submit? After submission, how do you respond to feedback?

This workshop provides insight into the world of professional, peer-reviewed publications. We start by exploring the considerations you should take when choosing a journal and submitting your paper. We then discuss the peer-review process and responding to feedback in a professional manner. You will have the opportunity to critique real-life examples of journals, reviewer feedback and author responses.

 
  • 20 May
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
Getting published is one of your goals as a scholar but understanding the process of getting published in not intuitive. How do you pick a journal? How do you collaborate with co-authors? When are you ready to submit? After submission, how do you respond to feedback?

This workshop provides insight into the world of professional, peer-reviewed publications. We start by exploring the considerations you should take when choosing a journal and submitting your paper. We then discuss the peer-review process and responding to feedback in a professional manner. You will have the opportunity to critique real-life examples of journals, reviewer feedback and author responses.

 
  • 07 October
  • 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
How should you respond when offered a position? This clinic will teach you the various elements of a job offer, how to evaluate them, and most importantly, how to negotiate them.
 
  • 23 November
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
How should you respond when offered a position? This clinic will teach you the various elements of a job offer, how to evaluate them, and most importantly, how to negotiate them.
 
  • 13 October
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Great leaders negotiate based on principles. Rather than understanding negotiations as an opportunity to defeat an adversary, they work as a team together with their counterparts, to increase the value of the outcome for every stakeholder. They persuade, but within a framework of truthfulness, respect, and social responsibility, because their goal is not a short-term personal victory, but a long-term fruitful relationship that benefits everyone.
 
In this workshop, we will emphasize the importance of continuously improving our negotiation skills, regardless of our area of expertise. Also, we will introduce the principled negotiations model, increase our ability to identify opportunities for negotiation, and become more persuasive negotiators. Finally, the workshop will offer an opportunity to apply these concepts in practical simulations.
  • 10 May
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Great leaders negotiate based on principles. Rather than understanding negotiations as an opportunity to defeat an adversary, they work as a team together with their counterparts, to increase the value of the outcome for every stakeholder. They persuade, but within a framework of truthfulness, respect, and social responsibility, because their goal is not a short-term personal victory, but a long-term fruitful relationship that benefits everyone.
 
In this workshop, we will emphasize the importance of continuously improving our negotiation skills, regardless of our area of expertise. Also, we will introduce the principled negotiations model, increase our ability to identify opportunities for negotiation, and become more persuasive negotiators. Finally, the workshop will offer an opportunity to apply these concepts in practical simulations.
  • 04 October
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Sir George Williams