Co-authors Deborah St. James (left) and Stephanie Roberson Barnard will speak at the Friends of Hackney Library book signing on April 16, 2013.
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the Friends of Hackney Library will welcome co-authors Stephanie Roberson Barnard and Deborah St James to campus for a book signing from 5:30-7:00 pm in Hackney Library. Barnard and St James, communications consultants and speakers as well as authors, specialize in facilitating communication skills among science, health, and technology professionals. Refreshments will be served at the book signing, which is free and open to the public.
Barnard and St James will address the gathering for a mini communication skills workshop at 6 pm, followed by a time for questions. Some of the issues they will be addressing in their mini workshop include the following:
- How to be an influential speaker in meetings, job interviews, and small group settings
- How to communicate to save time and increase understanding without compromising content
- How to be more persuasive when you communicate with others who disagree with your view
The two communications experts, who have collaborated since 1996, are the co-authors of two books from Yale University Press. The most recent is Listen. Write. Present: The Elements for Communicating Science and Technology (2012). The book has received high praise from a variety of reviewers. Abraham Verghese, MD, professor of medicine at Stanford University and the acclaimed author of the novel Cutting for Stone, says of the book, “So often we are judged not by what we know, but by what people think we know based on our presentations and our ability to communicate. This lovely book will serve the tyro [novice] and the pro alike. It will be on my bookshelf.” Michele Vivirito, Fellow of the American Medical Writers Association, says that “With its engaging, conversational style, this little book is an important, new resource for its intended readers, who seldom receive academic training in communication skills.”
They are also co-authors of Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals (2001), which won the 2002 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication and the 2002 Allied Health Medical Book Award, both from the American Medical Writers Association.
Copies of both books will be available for purchase at the event for $23.50 each; credit cards, cash, and checks (made out to Quail Ridge Books) will be accepted.
Stephanie Roberson Barnard
As a communication consultant, Stephanie Roberson Barnard has trained thousands of pharmaceutical industry professionals on how to be more effective speakers, writers, and communicators. She has written patient education literature, developed online video compliance training modules, and helped create and implement personalized communication training plans for science and technology professionals. In addition to her work in the pharmaceutical industry, over the past 15 years, Barnard has coached hundreds of health care professionals on presentation skills for FDA hearings, CFO reports, and scientific speaker programs, as well as national and international congresses. Some of her clients include AstraZeneca, Bayer Corporation, WL Gore, and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Barnard, a native of Washington, North Carolina, studied communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved in a variety of volunteer activities over the years, and she has just recently accepted an invitation to be a director for the Wilson Community College Foundation. She currently lives in Wilson.
Deborah St James
Deborah St James is a Partner in Listen Write Present LLC with offices in Wilson and Raleigh, NC. She was formerly Director of Scientific Communications and Publication Planning at Grifols and Manager of Editorial Services at Bayer Corporation, Pharmaceutical Division in West Haven, CT. During that time, she developed and directed the Writing and Speaking for Excellence seminars – seminars designed for physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. She is a former Editor of Better Health magazine and has taught English, technical, business, and medical writing at both the graduate and postgraduate levels. She is the author of Writing and Speaking for Excellence: A Guide for Physicians and editor of Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals. She is co-editor of Empathy and the Practice of Medicine and Doctors Afield.
Please join us for an enlightening look at how to communicate effectively, particularly in the fields of science, health, and technology. We hope to see you here in Hackney Library on April 16th!