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Friday, February 16
CS05 Collaboration Essentials Fri, Feb 16, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Salon A

Listening, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing (303538)

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*Heather Smith, Cal Poly 
Eric Vance, LISA--University of Colorado Boulder 

Keywords: communication, collaboration, career development, consulting, nontechnical skills

For statisticians and data scientists to effectively contribute their technical expertise on collaborative projects with domain experts in business, government, and academia, effective communication is essential! The more information we have about the specific details and the broader context of the project, the better we can do our jobs and the more impact we will have on the project and our organizations. Asking great questions is a way to begin gathering this information. Listening, summarizing, and paraphrasing this information to communicate our understanding of the project and the problems to be solved completes this communication cycle. This presentation will provide advice and tips for how to improve listening, summarizing, and paraphrasing skills. Participants will practice these communication skills during the session and will learn how to use and improve these skills on the job back home to establish more collaborative relationships with their colleagues, clients, and collaborators.