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Small Talk - in the workplace - 2015-02-11

WHEN: Wed 11th Feb, 2015 at 6.30pm - 8pm (EDT)

WHERE: 1170 Sheppard Ave. W, Unit 15. Toronto, ON M3K 2B5 (TORONTO, - see map)

The presentation is about one type of communications skill- Small Talk - in the workplace.

Many internationally-educated professionals, including engineers, believe their technical skills are the key to success. The presentation will address the following issues:

*The importance of soft, and particularly communication, skills in the Canadian professional workplace

*The role of small talk in building relationships with colleagues, clients and others

*Appropriate topics for small talk in the workplace

*Guidelines for effective casual conversation

*An opportunity to practice making small talk

Presenter: Marjorie Friesen, MBA, B.Com. TESL Certified English Instructor, Professional business English and workplace skills coach

Ms. Friesen is a fully-qualified English as a Second Language instructor with fifteen years of business experience in a number of different organizations, including the former Ontario Hydro. Her work with engineers at Ontario Hydro has given her some knowledge of technical environments.  Her work as an instructor in programs with internationally-trained professionals at Sheridan College and other organizations has helped her understand the challenges they face in the Canadian workplace.

Author of the articles "Subtle Messages" published in June/July 2012 issue of Canadian Consulting Engineer, and "Understanding the Nuances of English", published in November 2012 issue of CANADABOUND IMMIGRANT

COST: 5 CAD for non-members.

FREE for AREC members (please wear the AREC pin)
FREE for invited members of other Professional Immigrant Networks

Since we have a limited number of seats, please confirm your presence by Monday, Feb 9th, the latest, by sending an email to and writing in the subject line the number of participants.


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