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The 16th Writing Center Seminar "Socializing and Networking Methods and Practice for Researchers"

Socializing and Networking Methods and Practice for Researchers

Higashi-Hiroshima Campus

Date & Time:
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2016

Meeeting room, Administration Bureau Bldg. 2nd floor

Kasumi Campus

Date & Time:
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016

Medium meeting room, Koujin Conference Hall

Koji Sakimura and Paul Stone


=====Session 1 (90minutes) =====
(This includes three 10-minute exercises)

Ⅰ. Socializing

1. Getting Started*

  • How to talk to a stranger
  • How to raise or offer a topic
  • How to express your own interest or concern

2. Introducing yourself(in your capacity as a researcher)*

  • Talking about yourself
  • Talking about your research
  • Mutual understanding(How to address other people: using their names and/or titles)

3. How to contribute to a conversation raising a particular topic

  • General (Weather, Climate, or Seasons,Culture, Society)
  • Specialties

4. Responding*

  • How to respond to a topic(feelings of pleasure, sorrow, etc.)
  • How to express your interest in a research topic
  • How to respond trying to share your emotions and feelings with the other speaker (including non-verbal behaviour, such as posture and gesture, as well as manner, echoing, etc.)
  • Summarizing another speaker’s main point

5. Small tips for conversation*

  • Asking for a repetition
  • A word or phrase escapes you: How to deal with the problem.
  • Interrupting
  • Turns of phrase
  • Modes or habits of speech peculiar to Japanese speakers
  • Varied ways of expression and the power of language

=====Session 2 (90minutes) =====
(This includes three exercises each of ten minutes.)

Ⅱ. Networking-----Sharing feelings and maneuvers for collaborating and cooperating

6. Developing a conversation*

  • Moving from interest and concern on to a collaborative relationship
  • Making a proposal
  • Agreeing
  • Disagreeing and opposing
  • Asking questions
  • Answering questions
  • Summarizing to clarify main points

7. Developing a friendly relationship*

  • Introducing someone to a network of your colleagues and going between two groups of researchers (to expand your network)
  •  Joining a conversation

8. Closing a conversation

  • How to leave a conversation (Stepping out of a group)
  • How to finish a conversation giving a hint about a possible collaboration.
  • “Let’s keep in touch!”
  • Closing a conversation after making a promise

9. Cultural Considerations

  • High context and low context
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Silence
  • Distance

10. Degree of politeness and familiarity*

  • Being polite
  • Being friendly

 11. Beyond kingdoms of research   

=====Session 3 (60minutes) =====
(There will be some presentations from the participants, which will be analyzed)

Ⅲ. Feedback and Suggestions for Further Learning