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Released Februrary 13, 2004


LONG BEACH -- It's all about listening and communication skills.

That's what the focus of an upcoming businesswomen's spring symposium is all about.

"Listening and Communication Skills," will be offered from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., March 20, at the Southern Miss Gulf Park Conference Center in Long Beach. Southern Miss Gulf Coast's Division of Continuing Education and the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Gulfport Charter Chapter are working together to present the symposium.

"In a recent study at Stanford University in California, it was determined that high IQs are excellent for making good grades, passing exams and doing laboratory experiments, but the most successful people had a high social intelligence (i.e., their ability to effectively listen and communicate with others)," said Edward Leader, a nationally recognized authority in communications, who will be the program speaker for the symposium.

Leader also said that people are not hard of hearing, but hard of listening.

"The businesswomen's spring symposium will provide a great opportunity for professional women to come together to network and improve their communication skills," said Dayonne McGuire, director of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division of Continuing Education and the Gulf Park Conference Center. "The symposium facilitator, Edward Leader, has a talent for making learning fun, so everyone who attends will have a very enjoyable day."

Participants of the symposium will learn how to receive, document, assimilate and recall verbal communication through 12 keys to effective listening.

Leader serves as a professional consultant to businesses and industries, and was recently named Instructor of the Year at Kennesaw State University. Leader's seminars have received national recognition through his ability to teach all areas of effective communication. He travels over 100,000 miles a year throughout the United States to campuses and businesses and has trained thousands of participants.

In addition, he is the author of Leader's Originally Weekly Organizer and the cassette, Remembering Everyone's Name. He is also listed in Who's Who in Training and Development.

ABWA's mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition.

That's why this year the ABWA decided to form a partnership with Southern Miss to co-host a seminar that could support their mission.

"This will be an opportunity for businesswomen to network and learn," said Phyllis Aduddell, of ABWA.

ABWA membership includes teachers, antique owners, small business owners, financial professionals and attorneys, among many other professions.

The early bird registration fee for the symposium is $99, with a Feb. 20 deadline. The regular fee is $125, thereafter, and $45 for students.

For more information on this symposium and to register, contact Southern Miss Gulf Coast's Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.


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