Professional and Business Effectiveness

Date & Time

Thursday, 25 September 2014
09:00 to 12:30


Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Rd, UBC, Point Grey campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session.

Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message

This is a co-sponsored by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) and the Graduate Pathways to Success Program. If you are a postdoctoral fellow, please register through the

Session Information: This 3.5 hour workshop will help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to:

  • improve their communication and business effectiveness and get better results
  • utilize professional business etiquette principles more effectively
  • manage meetings more successfully

This program will be highly experiential and will give participants opportunity to practice having purposeful, professional conversations, incorporate professional business etiquette principles into their toolbox and practice how to manage meetings more successfully.

Attendees will:

  • be more confident expressing a professional conversational signature, including being assertive, while managing power differentials with less stress and more success;
  • experience better results and have more impact as they incorporate their conversational signatures into day-to-day conversations and committee meetings as they interact with supervisors, colleagues and the business community;
  • be aware of the impacts of not following generally accepted professional business etiquette principles and also the benefit of following professional business etiquette principles; and,
  • have more confidence and will experience much better results as they lead, facilitate and manage meetings.

Program Prerequisites:

  • You will be expected to complete approximately 1.5 hrs of pre-work which consists of viewing videos, pre-reading and a short quiz. Once your registration has been accepted, we will send you the information. Please ensure you complete the quiz by the end of the day on September 24th.    

Templates and tools:

  • At the end of the workshop participants will receive a copy of the most useful tools, templates and links to the resources referred to in the pre-work and the workshop.


Dene Rossouw is the Principal and Motivational Coach at, helping leaders build their influence and inspire innovation at work.

He helps his clients have the necessary conversations of leadership and helps organizations innovate by leveraging the power of employee ideas.

Dene is the Past President of the Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and is a Certified Executive Coach through Royal Roads University. He is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Facilitator and has the Associate Certificate in Workplace Conflict from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He has a degree in Theology from the University of South Africa.

Refreshments: Beverages will be provided. Please bring your own mug.

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If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.