6.UAT Workshops Fall 2017

Schedule & Signup

Signups start a week before the workshops occur and are first-come first-served.
If you signup for multiple workshops happening on the same day, your name will be removed from all of those signup lists. Workshop Descriptions
Conversations with the Media
Countless hours on your computer, days in the lab, and months on this project have passed and the results are in! But what happens if this blows up? How would you pitch this discovery to reporters as the next big scoop? What will you do if they come knocking on your door instead? The media may seem to be a monolith, but journalists (and their readers) are people just like you and I. As an engineer, you'll have to interact with journalists and prepare your work for their readership by injecting the human element: setting ground rules; putting yourself in their shoes; and pivoting back to your story fluidly. Come join us to get ready for your big break!
CrossCultural Communication
Be it at MIT or your future workplace, you'll find yourself interacting with a diverse community. This is exciting, but also tricky as you may know little, or may have made assumptions, about others' cultures. Those who interact with you regularly will expect communication that is respectful of their background and cultural beliefs, which you can ensure by doing your research and dropping your assumptions at the door. Drop by this workshop to explore ways of doing so by role playing an exchange between members of two different cultures.
Doing Demos (A)
The backbone of any powerful demo is preparation. Master the art of wowing any audience in this workshop by anticipating common problems and recovering from the unexpected.
Doing Demos (B)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a live demo must be worth millions. Demonstrations can help the audience understand a concept in ways that would take far too long to simply explain. For the demo to be useful, it must go smoothly. But it's nearly impossible to have a perfect demo. You can increase the chances of an effective demo by carefully choosing what to demo, knowing how to prepare, and recovering in real time if something goes wrong.
Effective Email
You are going to write many more emails in your life than PowerPoints, so improving your effectiveness with this vital communication medium is important. We will qualify what constitutes an effective email by analyzing a few common pitfalls and practice the skill in small group activities.
Gesturing
No one says you have to use your hands when you speak, but they can certainly help you get your message across better. What to do with your hands? Here are some ideas: minimize movement with fixed points, establish place holders, and consider viewer frame of reference. Get started on your "hand-waving" journey!
Negotiation: The Basics
Whether it's changing the terms of a job offer, getting a better price on used hardware, or paying less for avocados at a farmers market, negotiations pop up all the time. If we are unprepared for them we can miss out on major opportunities to claim value. Come learn effective negotiation tactics and put them to practice! (This workshop is designed for students with little-to-no negotiation experience.)
Negotiation: Integrative Bargaining
Building upon the skills discussed in the first workshop, we will dive deeper into a situation where multiple issues are at stake. While these situations may seem like win-lose, you can often turn them into win-win for both parties. Learn how to create more value and build relationships with your trading partners! (This workshop is designed for students with some previous negotiation experience. Strong preference those who attended the first negotiation workshop.)
Talk to Me
You've prepared, you know what you want to say and you even practiced. But when it comes time to perform, you want to be engaging; you don't want to sound like you are reciting a memorized script. As an audience member, I want to you "talk to me" by seeming and sounding conversational . Come learn some ideas for how to do that.
Teaching Outside Classroom
"Ever been asked directions around campus by a tourist and had them walk away looking confused? Although you might not teach a class, life often requires us to teach others outside the classroom. In this workshop, we'll practice giving practical instructions effectively by acting out scenarios where you might find yourself teaching. Become more helpful, and make tourists less hapless!"