Communication Is Important in All Aspects of Life [Derived Headline]

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Communication Is Important in All Aspects of Life [Derived Headline]


Harrop, Joanne Klimovich, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Communication is important in all aspects of life.

It might be even more so during a coronavirus pandemic.

"Society has become so focused on the question 'What's in it for me?' that we are almost paralyzed when it comes to interpersonal communication," said Cathi Gerhard, lecturer at Penn State New Kensington. "Technology has pushed us in this direction, making it easier, if not necessary, to distance ourselves from one another and, ironically, de-humanize our lives."

Gerhard will discuss the importance of communication at noon Thursday at the Women of Alle Kiski Engaging (WAKE) virtual speaker series. You can register here.

WAKE is a new endeavor that works in conjunction with the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber, an organization that helps area businesses grow through various events, training and educational opportunities. The partnership aims to advance women's leadership in the local economy through networking, professional development, and community engagement, said CiCi Broxie of Plum, co-chairwoman of WAKE.

The inaugural event in March was a success with 60 attendees.

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They decided to do this one virtually because of covid-19 but hope to have the next one on Sept. 10 in person, Broxie said.

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This session's theme is "Well-Oiled Machines: Developing Effective Teams for the New Workplace Through Empathy, Motivation, and Communication."

"As business professionals, we demand more than the sum of simple parts," Gerhard said. "We expect our organizations to be 'well-oiled machines' that run smoothly because every department is working in a consistent rhythm with each other."

She said collaboration can be the key to success. …

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