Confidence & Social Communication Series

4. Understand Yourself: What is my personality? (NEO1/17-18) NEW

How can I describe myself?
What kind of person am I?
How can I enhance my self-understanding?

This workshop aims at helping you to identify your emotional, interpersonal, working styles and attitudes through NEOTM Personality Inventory version 3, a scientifically validated and reliable psychological assessment.

In the assessment session, you will be asked to complete the test in paper-and-pencil format. In the group feedback session, you will receive an individual take-home report which describes your own general personality profile. A psychologist will assist you in comprehending the profile and help you to consolidate your self-understanding through various activities.

At the end of the workshop, you will have:

  • Understood your personality profile
  • Known your strength and weaknesses

Assessment Questionnaire (pen & paper format)
Participants are required to complete a self-assessment before attending the group session.
Date: 9 & 10 Oct 2017 (Mon & Tue)
Time: anytime between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (the assessment will take around an hour)
Venue: Room 316, 3/F, Main Building

Group Feedback session
(Discussion on test results & group activities)
Date: 8 Nov 2017 (Wed)
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: Room 302, 3/F, Main Building
Trainer: Ms. Cary Wong, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS
Language: Cantonese
Class size: 5 – 15
Deposit: $100


5. Effective Public Speaking (EPS1/17-18)

It seems that some people are just “naturals” when it comes to Public Speaking. They readily stand up in public, ooze confidence, instill enthusiasm and manage to say just the right thing at the right time. It seems they were born to be public speakers. Well, it’s not true. Nobody is born a “natural”. Public speaking requires practice. Some might be better than others but everybody has to acquire the skills through experience which over time brings confidence as well.

This course is for those who need to get out of their shell and get some experience under their belt. The course is entirely in English and will give all participants an opportunity of role playing in a range of public speaking scenarios. It’s fun but at the same time challenging and rewarding. After this 6 hour workshop, you should expect to be more proactive and confident when you have to stand in the limelight “on the stump”.

Note: Participants will need to wear semi-formal clothes. No shorts or flip flops to ensure a good first impression. Handouts will be issued for each activity. Mobile phones should be brought to class fully charged. One activity involves the use of smart phone video if students have this facility available.

Date: 24 & 31 Oct 2017 (Tue)
Time: 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Venue: Room G07, G/F, Main Building
Trainer: Mr. Robert Barber
Language: English
Class size: 15 – 25
Fee: $50
Deposit: $100

About the trainer: Mr. Robert Barber has lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years teaching and training in the British Army and more recently at secondary and tertiary level. Born in London he was educated in Ireland and the USA. His lively courses focus on well-defined learner needs and established results based practices.


6. How to Say What to Whom? (HSW1/17-18)

Have something to say but no idea how to say it? This 2-day workshop aims to help you speak up and out; present with conviction and clarity to truly gain the attention of your audience. The workshop will cover:

  • how to overcome nerves
  • how to avoid an unsatisfied audience
  • visual aids
  • voice control
  • gestures
  • structuring your presentation
  • top tips: e.g. What do I want my presentation to do? Inform, motivate, empower, entertain, educate?

The skills gained during the session are the basis for work in social, professional and public settings, giving you that confidence to speak up and out.

Dates: 17 & 18 Oct 2017 (Tue & Wed of Reading Week)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Room 302, 3/F, Main Building
Trainer: Ms. Sophie Lowe
Language: English
Class size: 12 – 18
Fee: $150
Deposit: $100

About the trainer: Sophie graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. She is currently teaching and developing workshops in Drama, Dance, Songs, Performances, Public Speaking, Trinity speech examinations, Poems and Radio Drama.


7. Image Building 1001 (Male & Female) (IBM1/17-18) (IBF1/17-18)

Your look will inevitably influence people’s impression of you, because the way you dress is a form of self-expression. In this workshop, with the help of an art director, you will learn how to look good in six easy steps, discover your own style and learn more about styles that should be avoided, work with accessories effortlessly, and use colours in a smart way etc.

At the end of the workshop, you will have:

  • Enhanced your awareness on your choice of clothing
  • Recognised the types of clothes and accessories that fit your body shape and your style
  • Got tips on selecting suitable clothes for various occasions
Group Male (IBM1/17-18) Female (IBF1/17-18)
Date 1 Nov 2017 (Wed) 7 Nov 2017 (Tue)
Time 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue Room 302, 3/F, Main Building
Language Cantonese
Class size 10 – 20
Fee $50
Deposit $100

Note: Participants need to wear an outfit that they think may leave a positive impression on others for the workshop.

About the trainer: Ms. Pamela Lay has over 20 years of working experience in Styling, Art Direction, Trend Prediction and Branding. She has worked in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York and Paris with renowned companies such as Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather, Club Monaco, Studio Edelkoort, Joyce, Blanc de Chine, Bossini, Fendi Asia Pacific and Anteprima.


8. Professional Presence – Business Etiquette & Image (BLG1/17-18) NEW

What should I say after we have exchanged our names?
When should I shake hands? Do I shake hands correctly?
How should I introduce people to each other?
How should I eat with a knife and fork?
How should I dress appropriately for different occasions?
What are my image strengths and how to enhance them?


This is a unique workshop which includes:

  • 1.5 days of lecture/demonstrations, practical, interactive and entertaining
  • Practical lunch: practice western dining etiquette and making small talk
  • 2 hours each of male & female group consultation on image: feedback comments for each student

At the end of the workshop, you will have:

-Answers to the above questions;
-Acquired the skills in: hand shaking, making small-talk, and making introductions;
-Learned to avoid the “obvious traps” in social interactions, and to enjoy yourself;
-Learned western dining etiquette;
-Awareness to at least one image strength and how to manage and enhance it;
-Developed greater social confidence


This workshop and group consultations are designed to provide you with practical tips concerning social etiquette and image, so that you will be confident about looking and behaving appropriately in social functions, and thereby enjoying the interactions.


Please note:

1) The workshop includes a practice lunch on western table manners on the first day

2) On the second day, please wear your clothing for job interviews to the group consultations. (Gentlemen – jacket, shirt & tie; Ladies – suit jacket & blouse)
Date: 19 & 20 Oct 2017 (Thurs & Fri of Reading Week)
Venue: LG 102, LG 1/F, K. K. Leung Building (workshop) &
Senior Common Room, 14/F, K. K. Leung Building (western lunch)

19 Oct 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with formal western lunch practice)

20 Oct 2017
9:30 am – 12:30 pm (seminar)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (female group session);
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (male group session)

Language: English
Class size: 30 – 40
Fee: $200 (including western lunch)

About the trainer: Ms. Elinor Young, a very experienced image and management training consultant, has conducted trainings for multi-national corporations for over twenty years. Since 1995, she has held many training workshops for the universities in Hong Kong. She specialises in verbal and non-verbal communication skills, from appearance to handling difficult situations. Participants learn effectively through her lively, interactive and enjoyable sessions.

*Recommended psychological test for workshop: Psychometer (
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