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Friday, June 8 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Breakout Session - Communicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers

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Communicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers
Donna Beegle grew up not knowing the words her teachers used. She also did not understand the examples that were provided to explain the words. She said “ain’t” in almost every other sentence and did not know when to say, “gone” or “went,” “seen” or “saw.” She knew she communicated differently. But it was not until she studied communication and social class in college that she learned about the differences in communication across social class. She soon realized that she needed a second language.

This session explores the impact of life experiences on communication styles and provides a framework for improving communication skills. Income, educational opportunities, and life experiences shape communication and how we related to others. The fundaments of effective communication (membership, perception, identification, motivation and empathy) are address along with concrete strategies for reducing misunderstandings.

Speakers
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Dr. Donna Beegle

President, Communication Across Barriers
Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Scarbrough 1-5 (Lobby Level)