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Career Edge Offers Business Etiquette and Effective Workplace Behaviors Training for Students

Friday, April 07, 2017

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The Greater Irvine Chamber will offer free to students enrolled at Irvine Valley College the third session of its four-part Career Edge series, “Business Etiquette and Effective Workplace Behaviors,” held at the Greater Irvine Chamber on Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The program, offered in collaboration with Irvine Valley College and the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education, provides students with the opportunity to learn soft skills that so many employers seek in workers.

Through Career Edge workshops, students are able to learn from business leaders in Irvine's top companies about tackling real-world communication challenges, and becoming more effective team members and more confident leaders. Upon completion of each workshop, participants receive a Certificate of Completion.

The April session will cover:

Basic Manners, Etiquette and Courtesies

Leadership, Teamwork & Teambuilding

Workplace Adaptation/Cultural & Generational Communication Techniques

Communication: Pitching a Product, Proposal, or Position

Serving as mentors for the day are chamber members Joe Alvarez, technology consultant, Omni IT Solutions; Brain Andersen, director of business development, First Class Connection Corp.; and Dana Hindman, project development coordinator, PERC Water ; as well as Linda DiMario, vice president, Economic Development & Tourism, Greater Irvine Chamber. These business professionals help students to learn such skills as how to adapt to changing workplace environments and situations; engage in respectful debate; understand when to lead, follow or collaborate; and selecting the best communication method for persuasive pitches.

“Our Irvine companies told us that their new employees, although educated, lacked essential ‘soft skills’ necessary to communicate and collaborate effectively. The Career Edge series helps better prepare students for the workplace which helps our companies continue to focus on their success.” DiMario said.

The previous session held in February, “Communications in the 21st Century Workplace,” was designed to help students improve their communication and critical-thinking skills. With the guidance of mentors, about 20 students were able to practice written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills.

"Strong communication skills equal strong leadership skills. When students increase their communication skills, their leadership ability increases as well," said John Kurth, workshop instructor, co-chair of the Chamber’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee, and president of Syntactics Sales Scripting.

Business professionals interested in becoming a Career Edge mentor should contact Pepper Russell at or (949) 502-4129.

Category: Chamber News

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