Personal Communications

Personal Communications

Trainer: Professor Ġorġ Mallia, Head of the Department of Media and Communications
Target Audience: University of Malta employees whose work entails they interact with people
Course duration: four half day seminars (two taught by the lecturer, participant work presented in the second part) 

Course overview 

This course will have a blend of lecture sessions and workshops intended to familiarise participants with the skills needed to maximise personal communications with the aim to present messages coherently and efficiently. The lectures deals with the different elements needed for maximising personal communications, including a knowledge of verbal and non-verbal communications, bodily communications, presentation media (when to use it, what to use, and how to use it), and the various preparatory phases needed for creating presentations.

Learning outcomes 

By the end of both the lecture and the workshop, each participant should be able to:

  • Give presentations that convey the message intended by the presenter
  • Be aware of the nuances of non-verbal communications
  • Maximise the use of voice and body language as means of communications
  • Evaluate audiences and their needs, to then apply this to communication solutions
  • Discern what media is needed to aid personal communications 

Training approach and course structure

The lecture sessions acclimatises participants with the main skills needed for competent personal communications. The second part of the training is in the form of a workshop for which participants are asked to prepare a ten-minute presentation, preferably related to an element of their work, to be given in front of the rest of the class. Each presentation is peer and tutor analysed so that each participant gets individual feedback on their performance.