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Learn About Seven Seconds to Better Communication March 29

Learn About Seven Seconds to Better Communication March 29

February 27, 2019 Wendy Dwyer

The average attention span of a goldfish is said to be nine seconds. The average attention span of a human being has been estimated at seven seconds—shorter than that of a goldfish. That means it takes human beings just seven seconds to make a first impression. Within seven seconds of meeting someone, people typically decide whether or not to like somoene, trust them, develop a relationship with them, or work with them. When looking for a job or career, wouldn’t it help to know how to make those first seven seconds—and all the ones thereafter—count?

Make plans now to attend the Speed Communication event at Pruitt Campus on March 26.

Students and the public are invited to make the most of their communication skills, even those critical first seven seconds at the Speed Communication Workshop presented by Indian River State College (IRSC) and Treasure Coast Lexus. The Friday, March 29 event will feature two dozen highly-respected professionals from business, industry, community leadership, non-profit and education sectors helping participants ensure that the first impression, and every impression thereafter, is positive and memorable. The free, highly-interactive morning workshop will be begin at 8:00 a.m. sharp at IRSC’s Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West at 500 N.W. California Boulevard.

The premise of the Speed Communication Workshop is simple. Students and community members need to learn how to make a good first impression on potential employers, professional contacts, and in short—everyone they meet. This morning-long workshop will address those issues in an entertaining and hands-on format.

Participants will be broken into random groupings of ten students and will be assigned one of ten stations to visit. Each station will feature professionals who will focus on specific skills including: first Impressions, cover letters, professional appearance, social media as a blessing and curse, body language, volunteerism and career success, punctuality and professionalism, the importance of fiscal fitness, and a special speed networking section.

Professionals scheduled to participate in the program include: Jamie Duplantis of PNC Bank, Hal Roberts of CenterState Bank, Art Allen and Travis Leonard of A&G Pools, Amber Woods, Gary Mariarossi andTina Klein of Treasure Coast Lexus, St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Michelle Franklin, former IRSC Trustee Jane Rowley, Torrey Pines Founders Richard and Pamela Houghten, Stacy Malinowski of Mustard Seed, Inner Truth Center Founder Mindi Fetterman, Designer Sabre Mochachino, Attorney and former State Representative Adam Fetterman, Stuart Main Street’s Thondra Pritchard, St. Andrew’s Academy Development Director Rhonda Blakey, Treasure Coast Business Summit Owner Lynnette Maraffa, Financial Advisor Rob Otteson, sales superhero Julie Lilliquist, among others.

The Speed Communicating program is open to students of Indian River State College and members of the community, and though it is free, space is limited, and participants must register in advance. To register, take seven seconds right now, and call Professor Wendy Dwyer at 772-336-6289 or email

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