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Schmooze or Lose: The Mindset and Mechanics of Working a Room

December 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs Program is pleased to announce a new workshop, Schmooze or Lose: The Mindset and Mechanics of Working a Room

Chances are you wouldn’t even consider beginning research projects without the right lab prep. The same principle holds when it comes to networking and working a room. It takes confidence to make the most of business/social events. Walking into a room full of strangers produces anxiety in the best of us. The people who make it look easy usually are those who have done the most preparation.

Confidence comes from:

  • Preparation – what to ask yourself before you arrive
  • Knowing appropriate etiquette to meet and greet others – introductions, handshaking, business cards, and follow up
  • Knowing how to make conversation
  • Knowing how to handle Miserable Moments – including forgetting names, intrusive questions, alcohol protocol, breaking into and away from groups

In this interactive workshop, Mary M. Mitchell will cover these topics and more, ensuring that, wherever you go, you will be invited back.  Mary will give you an opportunity to practice these skills, as well as providing tips for following up with new contacts.

10:00 am – 11:30am – Presentation
11:30 am – 12pm – Q & A

Please go to the following link: http://schmoozeorlose2015.eventbrite.com

Mary M. Mitchell devotes her career to supporting postdocs and physicians, a passion that began with a pioneering program at the University of Pennsylvania nearly a decade ago.  She has served on the faculty of the Association American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Early Women in Medicine Conference.  At this year’s conference, she and her husband James K. Weber, M.D., a retired surgeon and now a yoga teacher, provided an active wellness component for the first time in anyone’s recollection of medical conferences; she taught Zumba, while he provided twice daily yoga classes. These classes were extremely popular as an antidote to cognitive presentations and workshops throughout the rest of the four days.

Mary has been privileged to live and work on four continents.  As the author of 9 books, now in 11 languages, her message is clear:  Good manners create good relationships.  Good relationships create solid careers.  It’s not the other way around.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, CNN, “The Today Show”, and “Good Morning, America”, among many others.    She is an experienced coach, syndicated newspaper columnist, and certified Zumba and Aquafit instructor.

Her website is themitchellorganization.com


December 1, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Program


Chevron Auditorium
International House
Berkeley, CA United States
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