Survive or Thrive? Skills for life and work:
September series of talks and workshops at the University of York
Mondays 9.15am to 9.45am, MRC Teaching Room, Jack Lyons Building
Start the week as you mean to go on! Join Julie for a free half-hour session where we will warm up physically and energetically then take a short time to quieten our minds with some meditation. The sessions start on Monday 4 September. Please be prompt, as Julie will need to let you into the building.
Wednesday September 6, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, E106, Jack Lyons Building
Talk: Working ergonomically to prevent pain and injury
Many of us spend several hours each day seated in front of a computer. It is, of course, important to make sure your work stations are set up optimally. However, it is possible to misuse your body, however fancy your chair, and this can lead to back aches, headaches and repetitive strain injury.
The session will explore:
- How to sit, stand and move in balance
- How to use technology wisely
- How our thoughts impact on our bodies
Wednesday September 13, 2.00pm to 5.00pm, E106 Jack Lyons Building
Workshop: Presenting with Presence, Power and Poise
Giving a presentation is necessarily a matter of the whole self – mind, body and emotion. Even if you have prepared content of dazzling brilliance, you need to be clear, articulate and authentic in order to impart your ideas to your audience.
In this workshop, you will discover strategies that:
- Enhance our use of our physical body and voice
- Mitigate the difficulties we may encounter with our minds and emotions
- Assist in overcoming performance anxiety
- This will be a practical, interactive workshop, although you are also welcome to just come and observe.
The skills you will learn are also extremely useful for other interactions such as:
- managing meetings
- giving performances in music and drama
Wednesday September 20, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, E106 Jack Lyons Building
Talk: Conflict resolution/Living in harmony – meeting everyone’s needs at least cost
Our ability to thrive in life depends to a great extent on our ability to manage potential and actual conflict well.
In Julie’s many years of working, much time has been devoted to this topic. Many couples argue vehemently over such things as money and children, but when we explore deeper, the issues in question are often to do with fear, vulnerability, not feeling heard, or not feeling valued.
This talk will explore how it might be possible to get everyone’s needs met, rather than polarising into opposing sides. It will investigate:
- The difference between needs and wants
- The impact of our thoughts and beliefs (“we will always find proof for what we believe”)
- How fear and vulnerability distort our perceptions and make us behave in an unhelpful way
- How to speak so that we are more likely to be heard and understood
- How to own our emotions and not fall into the blame game.
Thursday September 28, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, 058 Jack Lyons Building Extension
Talk: Developing habits of resilience
This talk will look at strategies for developing habits of resilience and some of the habits we currently have that undermine our potential to live joyful, fulfilled and meaningful lives.
Booking and costs
Email Julie Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place on any of the above sessions.
Talks: £5 if booked before 6 September, 2017, £8 on the day
Workshops: £40 if booked before Wednesday 6 September, £50 thereafter
Please feel free to email Julie Parker at email@example.com before the event (the earlier the better) with any particular issues that you would like her to cover. There will also be time after the events for anyone who wishes to engage in further discussion on the topics.
Contact Julie if you would like to book a bespoke talk or workshop for your department on these or other topics.
Individual sessions are also available by arrangement.