Learn to Communicate More Effectively at Meetings, Interviews, or Networking Events

By Judee Szaro-TreanorOffice Workers Clapping at Office Party

Do you sometimes find yourself at a loss for words during an interview or networking event?

Would you like to answer interview questions without sounding scripted? Then you will want to attend PSGCNJ’s general meeting on Monday, November 25th, where PSGCNJ member Victor Manganaro will be giving a presentation entitled Effective Communication Through Imagination.

Victor has developed a fun, effective business communications class using “improv” — improvisational – techniques and exercises to help attendees “step out of the box” of rehearsed, or stumbled, responses. They will learn to be “in the moment” by listening carefully, responding spontaneously (and with some practice, relevantly) to what they are hearing and thinking quickly in role-playing situations. These key elements of improv are useful in your job search by training you to:

  1. Listen with intent. If you are not present “in the moment,” you will miss, or mistake, important details, questions, and even body language. Consequently, your response may be muddled, or off the mark, reflecting negatively on you as an employee or job candidate.
  2. Think quickly on your feet. In combination with good preparation, improv helps to improve your response time so that what you say at your next meeting, or interview, is clearer, compelling, even brilliant.
  3. Make timely, effective decisions. There are times when you are faced with very short windows of opportunity. Improv helps you with quicker decision-making, allowing you to work through those decisions, almost immediately, and produce surprisingly positive and cogent results instead of getting tripped up by over-planning or striving for perfection.

During his presentation, Victor will engage the audience in exercises that illustrate these important communication techniques. If you want to learn how to communicate better, in a fun, effective way, bring a friend to see Victor Manganaro’s presentation on Monday, November 25th, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 48 West High Street, Somerville.

Please refrain from parking in the church parking lot — metered and unmetered parking is available on West High Street.

PSGCNJ general meetings are always free and open to the public; they run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you cannot make it to this meeting, visit our website www.psgcnj.org for a calendar of our upcoming events. 

Victor Manganaro is an accomplished electrical engineer, project manager, and technical solutions designer in the areas of telecommunications, product development, and web strategy.

He is active in several volunteer and non-profit endeavors, including 14 years of planning fundraising events for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Recently, Victor completed the Steward program at Hillsborough’s Duke Farms, a 2700-acre model of environmental sustainability, allowing him to pursue his passion for environmental awareness and conservation. For over three years, he has taken and led improv classes and developed many of the exercises he uses in his workshop.

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