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'Communication Skills to Pay the Bills' March 16 at St. Tammany Center

Contact: Constance Woods


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Organizational Communication Association, in conjunction with the university’s graduate program in organizational communication, is sponsoring a workshop for young business professionals on how to communicate effectively.

     The workshop, “Communication Skills to Pay the Bills,” will take place March 16 at the Southeastern St. Tammany Center, located on the third floor of the St. Tammany Parish administrative complex on Koop Dr. in Mandeville.

     “We are targeting young people entering or who have recently entered the workforce,” said Suzette Bryan, assistant professor of communication. Bryan said participants will receive professional consultation on leadership development, skill enhancement in working with groups, and advice on oral and written communication and recognizing nonverbal cues.

     The professional development program begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and concludes at 4:15 p.m. with a style show. Lunch is included.

     Registration is $40 per person. Participants will receive a $5 discount on registration by donating a business suit, which may be brought on the day of the workshop.

     Participants can register and pay online at They can also register by mail by sending a check in advance to Southeastern Louisiana University, St. Tammany Center, Attn: Communication Skills to Pay the Bills, 21454 Koop Drive Suite #3A, Mandeville, LA 70471. Checks should be made payable to Southeastern Louisiana University Organizational Communication Association.

     Kicking off the workshop is a session on “Stepping Up to the Plate: Being a Leader.” Registrants can participate in concurrent rotating sessions titled “Groupies Welcomed: Increasing Your Effectiveness in Groups,” “Your Best Foot Forward: Etiquette and Professionalism,” and “Writing for Results: Hone Your Writing Skills.”

     Closing out the workshop will be “Clothes that Work,” a style show featuring OCA members, presenters, and models provided by Dress Barn in Slidell and the Strawberry Patch in Mandeville.

     Bryan said proceeds from the workshop will be donated to the memorial scholarship fund established to honor former Southeastern communication faculty member Betty Attaway-Fink and her efforts to encourage students in the field of communication. A member of the Department of Communication faculty since 1999, Attaway-Fink passed away last July.  The scholarship will provide financial support to a Southeastern communication major.

     For more information about the workshop contact Bryan at (985) 549-3374.

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