Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

Jan. 28, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU School of Engineering has announced plans to offer two short courses to help professionals improve their communication and negotiation skills.

“Continuum Negotiating: Collaboration for Winning Outcomes” will be held March 27 and 28 at the SMU School of Engineering’s Legacy facility at 5236 Tennyson Pkwy. in Plano. This course will teach participants to negotiate successful outcomes without confrontation, and to approach negotiations for space, people, budgets, products and services with self-assurance.

“Communicating: Getting Your Message Across in the Workplace” will be offered on Thursday, April 4 at the SMU School of Engineering’s facility at 1500 International Pkwy. in Richardson. This course will help participants learn the importance of giving and receiving good instructions, understand how context is critical for all spoken and written words, learn the six elements of successful communication and identify different styles people use when communicating.

“Participants will be able to use the knowledge gained in this course to eliminate waste, confusion and stress caused by poor communication,” said J. Kim McNutt, director of distance and on-line education for the SMU School of Engineering.

Program leaders for both courses will be Jack Pickels and David Peters, who have both conducted numerous seminars for Fortune 500 companies. Pickels is an engineer who holds an MBA degree and teaches finance at SMU. Peters is a certified public accountant.

Cost for the March 27-28 course is $795 per person and cost for the April 4 course is $495 per person. Participants may receive either Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

For more information on the courses, or to register, call 214-768-1175 or send a message to