Professional Development Opportunity-Presentation Advantage

Presentation Advantage – A Franklin Covey Workshop

June 28, 2016 from 8:30-5:00
HR Training Room, Expressway Tower, Suite 208.

Wasted time, unproductive meetings, and lost opportunities occur due to poor business-presentation-style
presentations. The lack of powerful methods to inform and persuade is one of the greatest hidden and pervasive costs of the 21st century workplace.

This work session will help participants consistently deliver highly successful presentations. They will learn the skills and the latest neuroscience to better inform, influence, and persuade others in todays knowledge-based world.

Creating a purposeful shift in knowledge or behavior through successful presentations equips people and teams with the competitive edge.


  • See that paradigm plus process equals presentation success.
  • “Connect” with in-person and virtual audiences successfully.

Develop a Powerful Message

  • Identify the clear purpose to be achieved with the message.
  • Create a memorable introduction and conclusion.
  • Develop key points to support the purpose.

Design Impactful Visuals

  • Use visuals to increase attention to and retention of the message.
  • Design effective presenter notes and prompts.

Deliver with Excellence

  • Master the components of the “first and ongoing impression.”
  • Manage good and bad stress.
  • Handle questions and group dynamics.

Read why your peers think you should attend:

  • The content is applicable to any area of a person’s life, professionally or personally.
  • Relevant discussion and practice, helpful tips in creating content and visuals. Love the Franklin Covey materials, can refer back to tips, provides framework.
  • Very helpful and a lot of new and useful information on presentation.
  • Great course with great information. I improved my presentation skills by attending this course.

mySMUEnroll via my.SMU  >Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment

Note: An optional follow up session will be scheduled during the workshop to review content and check progress.

Facilitator: Mary Stall, Senior HR Specialist – SMU HR/Organizational Effectiveness

Parking: SMU Parking Permit?  The closure of the SMU Employee East Campus parking lot at Expressway Tower has resulted in limited SMU permit parking.
There is AUP parking on the top level of the Everest College building located at 6080 N. Central Expressway which is just east of Expressway Tower as well as in front of the CAPE Building on SMU Boulevard.  If you do not office on East Campus, your best option is to take the shuttle from main campus.

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SMU Program for the Protection of Minors On-Line Training Has Moved to a New Location

What’s New – What Does the Change Mean to You?

lrIn mid-February 2016 the training portion of the SMU Program for the Protection of Minors transitioned out of SMU Blackboard and has been relocated to the LawRoom learning management system.  LawRoom houses SMU’s required training tutorials in a convenient online portal.

All new employees, including student workers, are required to complete the Protection of Minors training.

In addition, employees and volunteers working with minors in supplemental programming and camps are required to have completed the training within 2 years of the start of their program, therefore re-training is often a requirement of employment.

We are excited about the efficiency the transition provides for our employees.  Employees no longer have multiple platforms to access and manage when completing required training tutorials.  Employees will receive an email from the LawRoom announcing that the training has been assigned and is available to access.  They will also receive regular reminders until ALL assigned training has been completed.

What’s Different with Lawroom?

onlineThere are several process changes as a result of the relocation of the training that you should be aware of:

  1.  Regular and temporary employees
    All regular and temporary employees (including post-doctoral fellows and student workers) will be automatically assigned the training once their information has been entered into my.SMU and they have passed their start date for employment.  This training assignment is explained under SMU Policy 9.31.
  2.  Employees who need to re-train according to Texas State Law
    Those employees who are required by Senate Bill 1414 and SMU Policy 9.31 to retrain every two years will need to email HR at to request re-assignment of the training tutorial.  Please allow up to 48 hours for the assignment of the training and to receive the announcement email.  Learn more about this requirement on the SMU Program for the Protection of Minors webpage.
  3. Students asked to train for SMU coursework who are not employed by SMU
    Students who are asked to completed the training for coursework and who are not employed by the University will be enrolled in the training via the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s online training on the DCAC website.  Several programs already have an assigned administrator who manages these enrollments.  If you don’t fall under one of these areas, send an email to with an attached excel spreadsheet listing the student’s first name, last name, and email address. HR will then manually enroll these students and the DCAC system will send an email to each individual with instructions on how to access the training.
  4. Training for non-SMU employees
    SMU will again provide the opportunity for non-SMU affiliated camp employees and volunteers to complete the training, at no cost, under the SMU site license with DCAC.  You should work with your SMU Program Coordinator to facilitate this process.

Those hosting camps, working at, or volunteering for a program involving minors must have completed the state training within 2 years of the start of the camp or program session.  Please review your training summary in my.SMU and email if you need to retake the training to meet the state requirement.  HR will enroll you in the appropriate training platform and you will receive an email announcing that the training is assigned and ready for you to access.

SMU hosts an annual session for Program Coordinators (those who manage camps at SMU offered by others) and Camp Operators (SMU employees who host camps for minors). This year’s session is scheduled for March 22 from 3-4:30.  Learn more about the session and how to enroll. 

If you have questions about these new processes, please contact us at




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Don’t Miss These Professional Development Opportunities

Speed of Trust March 29, 2016 1:00pm-5:00pm

Learn about the 13 behaviors common in high-trust organizations and how these behaviors can increase both productivity and employee engagement on your team.

5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity April 6, 2016 9:00am-5:00pm

In today’s world, there is a greater abundance of opportunity for both organizations and individuals to accomplish extraordinary goals. However, all too often, the demands of our jobs, coupled with the barrage of information coming at us from so many sources (e.g. texts, emails, reports, tweets, blogs, web-sites, etc.) is overwhelming, exhausting and distracting. If we react to these stimuli we may fail to accomplish the things that matter most in our professional and personal lives.  The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity provides you with tools that help you re-assign significant amount of time and energy on your most important goals – both inside and outside of work.

StrengthsQuest 2.0 April 14, 2016 1:00pm-5:00pm

Pre-requisite: Introduction to StrengthsQuest

What’s the difference between a talent and a strength?  Learn to identify your true strengths and create a plan to incorporate them into your work week. The more you develop and use your strengths at work, the happier, more satisfied (not to mention successful) you will become!

Presentation Advantage April 19, 2016 8:30am-5:00pm

Even the most experienced professionals can lack effective presentation skills. They fail to prepare, are fearful in front of people, have poorly organized thoughts, and lack the confidence to engage and persuade an inattentive audience. This Franklin Covey workshop will provide you with the know-how to deliver dynamic, compelling, and truly effective presentations time and again.

6 Thinking Hats April 28, 2016 9:00am-5:00pm

Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats® will teach you how to separate thinking into six distinct categories, each identified by its own colored metaphorical “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats,” you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, conversations, or meetings and significantly increase your ability to produce innovative ideas and help solve complex problems.

Enroll Now via mySMU>my.SMU>Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment.

Questions?  Email

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SMU Program for the Protection of Minors Annual Review Session for SMU Camp Operators and SMU Program Coordinators

SMU Camp Operators and SMU Program Coordinators

Annual Compliance Review Session

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Caruth Hall – Room 147
Vester Hughes Auditorium
3:00-4:30 p.m.

Each year, SMU offers a review session for those campemployees who are involved with hosting or coordinating camps for minors, either on or off-campus.

If you fall within the following role definitions, you are strongly encouraged to attend this seminar.

Camp Operators:  those hosting camps for minors either on SMU’s campus or off campus

Program Coordinators: SMU employees who coordinate camps at SMU, or off campus, on behalf of others (either SMU employees or non-employees utilizing SMU facilities).

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Best practices to ensure a healthy camp atmosphere
  • Reporting abuse, should you see or hear about it
  • The State of Texas requirement for all camp employees to be trained by an approved training vendor
  • SMU’s policy on the Duty to Report and your responsibility for record-keeping to minimize risk for yourself and the University
  • Accessing the training program resources SMU provides to employees, non-employees, students and volunteers

This review session is coordinated by the SMU Office of Risk Management in partnership with SMU Office of Legal Affairs, SMU Police Department, SMU Human Resources and the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).

Please note this review session is NOT intended to replace the State mandated training. Those hosting camps must have completed the state training within 2 years of the start of the camp session.  Please review your training summary in my.SMU and email if you need to retake the training to meet the state requirement. Once your email is received, HR will enroll you in the training and you will receive an email announcing that the training is assigned and ready for you to access.

General questions may be directed to the Office of Risk Management at

Training questions may be directed to HR at

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Presidential Recognition Awards: Now Accepting Applications!

Do you know some great people who deserve recognition?

Nominate them for the Presidential Recognition Awards!

Four Presidential Recognition Awards annually highlight the contributions and excellence of SMU staff members and will be presented at the Staff Association Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

109462615The Awards include the:

  • Gretchen Voight New Employee Excellence Award
  • Continuing Excellence Award
  • Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Innovation Award.

Award winners will receive $1000 each.


Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Questions about the nomination and selection process may be emailed to .

For more information on criteria and process, visit the Human Resources webpage.

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The Five Languages of Appreciation at Work

HR is excited to announce a partnership with the SMU Staff Association to offer this interactive workshop during a February series of 4 Lunch and Learn sessions.

Why is Appreciation Important in the Workplace?

5 langaugesAuthentic appreciation increases employee motivation. Motivation is different for everyone and underneath it all rests a set of values. We all have emotion tied to what makes us feel appreciated.  A pat on the back, an award for our contribution, public recognition, or one-on-one time are all received differently by different people.  Motivation is maximized when individuals receive their ideal form of praise, encouragement, or reward for their efforts.

Effectively communicating appreciation and encouragement to employees, results in higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships between managers and employees, and decreased cases of burnout.

During these sessions, you will learn:

  • the importance of appreciation
  • the 5 languages and what they mean – to you and others
  • ways to put the 5 languages to work
  • how to apply the principles of appreciation

In addition, each participant will receive a code to take the MBA assessment to learn their primary, secondary, and least valued languages.

Dates and times for these Lunch and Learn Sessions are:

All sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30-1:00 on February 2, 10, 17, 24.  Feel free to lunch while you learn!

Please mark your calendars and check with your supervisor to ensure you can attend all 4 sessions before enrolling.

Enrollment is facilitated via my.SMU >Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment.

Thanks to the SMU Staff Association for sponsoring this training!

Questions?  Email HR at or the Ebonii Nelson of the Staff Association Board at

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Spiritual Tools During Times of Transition

This workshop is being offered by Judy Henneberger, Associate Chaplain to the University.

business woman doing the time out sign with her arms

The session is offered to help members of our community adjust to change and transition. Together we will explore ways to experience faith in moving forward.

Tuesday, September 29

Noon – 1:15

Promenade Room, Hughes Trigg Student Center (lower level)

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Judy at 8-4505.

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Recent Market Volatility – Transamerica’s Perspective

Turn on the news or go online and it seems there are almost as many explanations and theories as there are people offering them. Transamerica feels the recent declines have been driven by numerous factors. Chief among them is what’s happened in China. In a nutshell, sluggishness in the Chinese economy has led officials there to significantly devalue the currency to make exports less expensive. The concern here is that this may make American exports to China more expensive, and hurt U.S. companies.

No matter what has caused the recent market volatility, what’s most important is that you weather this storm successfully and remain on course to have the kind of retirement you want, when you want it.  Suggestions from Transamerica…

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Updated New Employee Packets Now Available for Student Workers, Temporary Staff and Adjunct Faculty

The new employee packets for student workers, temporary staff employees, and adjunct faculty have changed recently. The updates made in the employee packets reflect the following changes:

  • The Authorization & Consent for Release of Information Form that is needed for the background check now includes an important disclosure for the prospective employee to read prior to signing the document.  Other changes made to this form ensure SMU is following best practices for conducting background checks.
  • Employees now enroll in direct deposit & submit the Form W-4 electronically via my.SMU. The paper version of the direct deposit form are no longer being used by the payroll department.
  • The employment statement for temporary staff & adjunct faculty contains updated questions for federally required diversity & disability reporting. In addition, the employment statement now asks for details on the temporary/adjunct assignment.

Beginning August 24, 2015, HR will no longer accept out-of-date versions of the employment forms.

Hiring managers and other any other employees responsible for hiring student workers, temporary staff and/or adjunct faculty should avoid saving forms and employee packets on their individual computers for future use. Unintentionally this can cause out-of-date forms being disseminated to your new student worker, temporary worker, or adjunct.

Business success team in an office in front of a laptop computerAvoid any confusion and frustration that may result from the completion of unnecessary paperwork by obtaining all forms and employee packets directly from the Recruitment Forms section on HR’s website. Consider sharing the link to the appropriate new employee packet with your  student worker, temporary employee, or adjunct faculty member.

Detailed information about the hiring process for each employee classification is available on HR’s website.

Questions? SMU’s Talent Management Team is here to help! Email the team at

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Independent Contractor Determination Process at SMU

icd3The University must correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.  HR has created a process to evaluate the work to be done and provide approval to proceed with the hiring process.

Please follow this process in order to minimize the risk to the University including, but not limited to, the cost of back taxes and social security contributions.

The process starts with the Independent Contractor Determination Form which should be submitted as soon as the dates and services are agreed upon.  Approval should be received before services are performed. Please note the form is recently updated and should be used for all future requests.

Once the form has been submitted, it is reviewed and you will be contacted if there are any questions.  You will also receive an email informing you of the committee’s determination for approval.  Once approved you may move forward with enlisting the services of the Independent Contractor.

Visit the Independent Contractor Determination webpage to learn more about the process, requirements, and approval timelines.

Questions?  Email

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