There are two additional in-person components that build nicely on the information presented during the Social Savvy for Scientists webinar. These can be done together, or separately, depending on the institution/individual’s needs:
I. Formal Luncheon Workshop: “Presenting Yourself to Your Best Advantage”
Participants of this session have the pleasure of enjoying a formal lunch, as Mary M. Mitchell walks them through each course, pointing out important “need-to-know‟ information about business dining, as well as guidelines that apply to dining with others in general. Broken into two sections, the first part of the workshop focuses on working through the meal. Ms. Mitchell will touch on things to be aware of, items to focus on, traditional American dining etiquette versus traditional International dining etiquette, and all the changes to proper dining, as etiquette evolves with society (i.e., technology etiquette). The second part of the workshop focuses on the purpose of a business lunch, the building of a relationship. Ms. Mitchell explains how to best utilize your time with a potential employer or colleague, so that you leave your meeting, not only having accomplished your goal (get the job, win the contract, etc), but you have started the foundation to a relationship. Ms. Mitchell emphasizes the imperative nature of building relationships in business, and how to do so. This luncheon workshop emphasizes the most important piece of information regarding business dining… it’s not about the food.
II. Personal Coaching: “Interviewing for Success”
Often we can feel prepared for an interview, but it is not until we are actually there that we realize every small detail we wish would have been taken into consideration. In sessions past, this one-on-one time has been utilized as a mock interview, in which the participant is videotaped, and the tape is available for immediate play-back reference, review, and analysis. In addition to practicing their interview skills, individuals are encouraged to come dressed as they would for their interview, bringing with them all pertinent materials. This allows participants to feel fully prepared, having each aspect of their interview not only practiced, but self-evaluated and professionally critiqued. These sessions have been utilized in many different ways. If the individual so chooses, this session does not have to have a specific format at all, but rather a discussion session to express their concerns and ask questions. This individualized attention has been found very helpful by scientists and is a wonderful addition to the group session.
For more information on these programs or any other program email Ms. Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.