42825608_sHave you ever been in a group setting where you had an idea, question, issue, or suggestion you needed to share but just didn’t feel prepared to deliver it?

Whether in a meeting or simply with a group, everyone has faced this situation at one time or another.

Build your professional development at Colby! Join us for this 1-hour interactive in-person training to get the tools and to connect with other Colby staff who are seeking ways to communicate and contribute in group settings.


This session will provide:

  • Best practices to help you effectively communicate in a group or in an individual setting.
  • Methods, tips, and tools to anticipate and prepare your message.

About the facilitator(s):

James (Jim) Sloat, Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty

Photo C. 2013 by Fred Field fredfield.com


Jim describes himself as an “academic project manager,” with responsibilities including faculty orientation, reaccreditation, student fellowship support, pedagogical support, and the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium.  Trained as a political philosopher at Washington and Lee University (B.A.) and Duke University (Ph.D.), Jim began his career as a faculty member at Dickinson College and Washington & Jefferson College.  He moved into administrative work by directing a Center for Public Speaking and then a Center for Learning & Teaching.  Jim came to Colby in 2012 and enjoys working with everyone in the full Colby community.


Melissa Breger, Assistant Director for Talent Development



Melissa describes herself as outgoing, creative and thoughtful.  With over 10 years of experience in training and development, Melissa’s passion for developing and delivering learning opportunities stays at the center of her work.  She has a depth of experience in providing learning solutions with many industries covering education, healthcare, and national non-profits.  Born in Massachusetts, Melissa holds a Master of Science in Organization Development and Strategic HR from Johns Hopkins University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Additionally, she holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional, and Executive Coaching certification from Case Western University.

Further Resources for Communication Skills Development:

Academic ITS and Video Resources:

Colby Libraries Resources:

Search CBBcat (library catalog link): Search selected titles on effective workplace communication

  • Book: SHOW YOUR INK: Stories About Leadership and Life, by Dr. Todd Dewett
  • Book: The Little Black Book Of Leadership, by Dr. Todd Dewett
  • Book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain