They’ll Eat Out of Your Hand - If You Know What to Feed Them

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Event Date
Start At : Friday, June 24, 2016 - 9:00am
End At : Friday, June 24, 2016 - 5:00pm

They’ll Eat Out of Your Hand - If You Know What to Feed Them

Advanced Project Management Training Seminar
Presented by Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development
A PMIWDC Strategic Partner

Please register early if you would like to attend.
This seminar series is extremely popular, and often sells out weeks in advance.


This seminar provides 7 PDUs for certified PMs.
PMI Talent Triangle Categories - Leadership, Strategic & Business Management

Dates and Location

Friday, June 24, 2016
Course Length: 7 hours, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Providing 7 PDUs

NOVA Reston Center
Room 309
1831 Wiehle Ave
Reston, Virginia 20190

Registration and Costs

$335 per person
Materials and Refreshments Included

Register online. For Questions: Call 703-450-2551 or contact Veronica Ortiz

About the Course

Course Description:

Every day, project and program managers enter into a complex communication dance in which they try to lead and have others follow us. How successful they are in getting others to do as we wish can be chalked up to a lot of things - charisma, charm, authority, leverage, sympathy, empathy, even threats. But beneath all of that, how well they get others to do as we wish relies upon one thing: their ability to communicate.

The challenge is that most project and program managers don't have speech writers or publicists or wordsmiths behind the scenes who put just the right words into their emails or our mouths. They must be one-stop communication shops - communication virtuosos, if you will.

In this fast-paced program and accompanying text, project and program managers will learn:

  • To be proficient in as many as six distinct skill areas: speaking, writing, reading, listening, nonverbal communication, and visual and digital communication
  • 30 discrete communication skills that hit each of these skill areas
  • How to use these skills to help accelerate your career, become more effective and productive, and find greater fulfillment and reward in your work.

This is not a program about theory or of broad generalities. It is a practical, do's and don'ts, do-it-now approach to communication.

Who Should Attend:

Project and Program Managers who want to become the communication virtuoso they've always dreamed of being. Learn to get others to eat out of your hand by feeding them a steady diet of effective communication.

*This course includes the facilitator's 214-page softcover text, They’ll Eat Out of Your Hand If You Know What to Feed Them: The 30 Essential Communication Skills that Give Highly Successful Career Professionals Their Edge.

About the Instructor

Dr. Laura Hills
President, Blue Pencil Institute

Dr. Laura Hills is the president of Blue Pencil Institute, an educational organization in Fairfax, Virginia that specializes in helping seasoned professionals take their careers and their lives to the next level. Dr. Hills is the author of three successful business books and hundreds of popular journal articles on topics that include management systems, human resources, marketing, communications, leadership, and ethics. She is an educator, writer, and coach who has spent the last 30 years teaching professionals how to improve their communication, relationship, and professionalism skills.

Dr. Hills holds a Doctor of Arts in Higher Education from George Mason University where she focused her scholarly work on leadership studies. She is a distinguished scholar and was awarded the George Mason University Higher Education Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dr. Hills was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. She has significant teaching and educational leadership experiences and is a former college professor and academic administrator. Dr. Hills has also taught a variety of popular business and self-improvement courses at Northern Virginia Community College for more than a decade.


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