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Everyone Communicates, But Few Connect: Effectively Engaging Today’s Learner (Kellogg Community College)

Total Credits: .4 Workshop CEU(s)

Dr. Nicole Rankine
4 Hours
Kellogg Community College Binda Performing Arts Center - Battle Creek, Michigan



Communication: It can either build a school community up or tear it down. As instructors, you set the tone in the classroom by how you approach your work and students. Through your actions, you communicate your character, credibility, and convictions. Today’s students need to be convinced about your passion before they put passion into their own work. To be an effective instructor, you must learn how to connect with your students and understand the benefits of effective communication to support stakeholder relationships, build school culture, and provide different channels to keep all informed. And while it may seem like some people are just born with the skills to connect with others, anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or be able to:

  • Understand different methods of communication and how to make the most of each of them.
  • Identify barriers to communication and how to overcome them.
  • Develop their non-verbal and paraverbal communication skills.
  • Build a heartfelt rapport with others.
  • Simplify messages to their most relevant points.
  • Share stories and illustrations to make important points more memorable. Communicate with character, credibility, and conviction.

Plans for Audience Participation and Interaction:

During this workshop, through discussion, activities, small group interaction, question and answer, and cooperative learning, participants will learn how to identify and relate to all types of students in a way that increases their influence in virtual and face-to-face environments. Participants learn practices that help develop the crucial skill of connecting with students, including: Finding common ground; Keeping communication simple; Capturing student interest; Inspiring students; and Staying authentic in all their relationships.

Digital Badge, Certificate, and CEUs

All workshop participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-workshop learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


Dr. Nicole Rankine's Profile

Dr. Nicole Rankine Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Nicole Rankine, affectionately known as Dr. Nic, is one of the most engaging personal development coaches around. She is a certified teacher, speaker, and coach with the John Maxwell Team, which founded the COLE Academy of Personal Growth, a training and development company devoted to helping students and the educational leaders that support them with leadership development, personal growth, and communication. Using John Maxwell’s proven leadership development tactics, strategies, and skills, Dr. Rankine provides training for leaders of schools, colleges, and universities. Dr. Rankine has trained leaders internationally in Costa Rica, Kenya, South Africa, and China. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in biology. She is fun, high energy, and exhibits a passion for helping others reach their full potential.



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Kellogg Community College Binda Performing Arts Center

Binda Theatre, 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017, United States
(269) 965-3931


Preliminary Schedule
September 20, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Central Lunch provided by NISOD.
Venue Address

Binda Theatre
Kellogg Community College
450 North Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Download Kellogg Community College Campus Map

There are several areas for parking, and guests can park in Lot H, enter the R (Roll) Building to the third floor, and cross through the W (Whitmore) Building to get to the main entrance of the Binda Theatre, or they can park in the circle drive in front of campus