Career Professionalism - Windsor (March 25, 2015)

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Career Professionalism* – Windsor, ON

*previously known as Business & Dining Etiquette and Skills of Business Etiquette

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am)

Where: University of Windsor, Alumni Hall

Room: McPherson Lounge

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to interns who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page:


When working with others, we often forget the impressions and impact we have on those around us. We often dismiss just how our personal reputation impacts the way we are perceived and in turn, how others relate to us and ultimately, what opportunities are opened to us. From first impressions to making a lasting impression, this one-day workshop will provide you with tips, tricks and tools from dressing the part to knowing how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour when working closely with others.

Workshop Objective:

To increase participant awareness of how actions and behaviours can solidify and undo personal and professional reputations when working closely with others.

Learning Outcomes:

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Have a broad understanding of business etiquette and how it applies to the work environment
  • Understand the importance of personal reputation
  • Learn how to dress for success
  • Gain the tools to avoid common email etiquette pitfalls and create a professional e-profile and reputation
  • Expand their knowledge on how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour while working closely with others
  • Be able to strategically plan and run (and participate in) effective meetings
  • Have the tools and knowledge to apply professionalism when travelling for business or attending business functions

Key Topic Areas:

Business Etiquette Overview

  • What it is and why it matters
  • Impact of lack of civility in the workplace
  • Your brand, your reputation

Work Environment

  • Working with others
  • Professional behaviour
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Confidentiality in the workplace
  • Handling gossip and rumors

Technology Etiquette

  • Virtual first impressions
  • Creating subject lines and messages
  • Replying promptly

Running and participating in effective meetings

  • Tips on how to be a more effective participant
  • Tips on how to run more effective meetings

Personal Appearance

  • Appropriate dress for different situations
  • Dress codes in organizations--formal and informal

Out-of-the office etiquette

  • Travelling for business
  • Attending business functions

If you have a serious allergy or dietary condition, please send an email at least one week prior to the workshop to and include the workshop name, location and date. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Class Date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
University of Windsor - Alumni Hall, McPherson Lounge
401 Sunset Avenue
N9B 3P4 Windsor, ON