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Everyone Communicates, But Few Connect: Effectively Engaging Today’s Learner

Total Credits: .4 Workshop CEU(s)

Event Type:
Regional Workshop
Dr. Nicole Rankine
4 Hours
Lone Star College-System Office - The Woodlands, Texas



Instructors set the tone in the classroom by how they approach their work and students. Through their actions, they communicate their character, credibility, and convictions. Today’s students need to be convinced about their instructor’s passion before they put passion into their own work. To be an effective instructor, you must learn how to connect with your students. 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. During this workshop, participants 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.

Participants learn how to:

  • Apply the Law of Awareness to recognize their strengths and limitations.
  • Overcome their shortcomings and clear the path for personal and professional growth.
  • Understand how students are different and how to work with each personality.
  • Build stronger relationships with students, appreciate students’ learning styles, and determine what works well together.
  • Incorporate effective strategies for handling conflict and personality clashes.
  • Develop themself and their students to be their best selves.

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

  • 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.

Digital Badge

All workshop participants can obtain, at no additional cost, CEUs in the form of a digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of their professional learning experience! CEUs are awarded to individuals who pass 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.


Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn Houston/The Woodlands
9301 Six Pines Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 364-9300 

Home2 Suites by Hilton
223 David Vetter Blvd
Shenandoah, TX 77385
(281) 907-5700 

Crowne Plaza Shenandoah - Woodlands Area, an IHG Hotel
19333 David Memorial Drive
Shenandoah, TX 77385
(281) 298-2800


Lone Star College-System Office

5000 Research Forest Drive, Community Building, Star Ballroom II, The Woodlands, Texas 77381, United States
(832) 813-6500


Preliminary Schedule
October 7, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch provided by NISOD.
Venue Address

Lone Star College-System Office
5000 Research Forest Drive
Community Bldg., Star Ballroom II
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to September 23, 2022. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by September 23, 2022. Refunds will not be given after September 23, 2022 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.