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Positive Links Speaker Series: The Art of Positive Communication: Six Practices to Create Connection

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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The way we communicate matters because it has consequences. When it is done well, communication creates human contact, enables a person to discover solutions, builds people up, deepens their relationships, and serves as a source of inspiration and influence. And although all of us communicate every day at work and at home, we often fall short of our own best aspirations. Most often, it is because we may not know how.

This session is an introduction to the art of positive communication. It is based on the premise that the “spoken word, spoken honorably and well, can make a difference that no other form of communication can equal.” In it, you will learn six critical behaviors that will improve your capacity for connecting with others, help you foster high-quality relationships, and lead others positively.

Framed by powerful stories and a practical model of communication you can use today, the session will invite you to transform your own communication and thereby create your own best moments as a person and a leader.

About Mirivel:

Dr. Julien C. Mirivel is Professor of Applied Communication at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He is “among the founding scholars in the emerging field of positive communication” and an award-winning teacher and scholar.

Mirivel has published in the best journals in the field of communication and is the author of two books on positive communication: The Art of Positive Communication: Theory and Practice and How Communication Scholars Think and Act: A Lifespan Perspective. Mirivel has served in a number of leadership roles including co-director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Interim Chair, Associate Dean, and Dean of the College of Social Sciences & Communication.

In the last five years alone, he has delivered hundreds of keynotes, trainings, and workshops on how to communicate effectively across contexts. He is a TEDx speaker whose mission is to inspire individuals and groups to communicate more positively at work and at home. For more information and resources, please visit

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