GPS Event: Professional and Business Effectiveness

Date & Time

Thursday, 18 April 2013
09:00 to 12:30


Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Post-doctoral Fellows Office

Registration Closed / Past Event


This 3.5 hour workshop will help graduate students and post-docs 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.

Each participant will receive a workbook and learning aids that they can use immediately after the session.

Session objectives are to:

  • Build awareness of the importance and benefit of establishing an effective and professional image
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities and build confidence in establish a conversational signature
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities by engaging colleagues in proactive authentic conversations that inspire action and get results
  • Help attendees recognize communication styles, power differentials and their impacts
  • Build awareness of the benefit of following generally accepted professional business etiquette principles
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities by engaging colleagues in chairing, facilitating and managing meetings more successfully

Session output:

  • Attendees will be more confident expressing a professional conversational signature, including being assertive, while managing power differentials with less stress and more success
  • Attendees will 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
  • Attendees will be aware of the impacts of not following generally accepted professional business etiquette principles and also the benefit of following professional business etiquette principles
  • Attendees will have more confidence and will experience much better results as they lead, facilitate and manage meetings


Dene Rossouw is co-founder of and in Vancouver, specializing in influencing and innovative solutions. He helps his clients have the necessary influencing conversations of leadership and helps organizations innovate by leveraging the power of employee ideas. Dene is a 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.

Registration: Due to limited space, advance registration is required. To register, please visit:

After you submit your registration you will receive confirmation of registration within 2 working days. If you have difficulty with the registration process please e-mail.

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

For further information on the GPS program, check: Faculty of Graduate Studies - Graduate Pathways to Success Program


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.