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Salesmanship Is a Verb
Photos and Story by Mark Evertz
PORTLAND — Attention retail sales managers! Are your sales people losing business for you? The eight-week course, Unexcelled Customer Service, beginning March 31 at Grant High School, shows how to find the right people to provide the right kind to salesmanship.
Instructor William D. Pollak will share tips on the subtle art from both the sales manager’s and salesperson’s point of view, on topics like: the psychological approach of interacting, attitude control, and how to reduce the number of potential customers from walking out without buying.
Tuition is $62. The class meets on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 126 at Grant High School, located at 2245 N.E. 36th Avenue. For more information, call Portland Community College at 978-5205.
People Skills are Professional Skills
PORTLAND — They say the personal is political. But now you can learn how personal skills are also professional skills at the Professional Seminar Series at Cal’s at John’s Landing on Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., from April 3 to June 12.
Great for businesses and individuals who wish to improve productivity and working relationships, the seminar will feature speakers who are experts in their respective fields, and who will share their knowledge and answer questions in each informative one-hour seminar.
April 3 — Who‘s in Control — Explore control issues in the workplace. Learn what to do when you feel overpowered by others or out of control, also how you can redirect controlling people without losing your personal power. Led by Rochelle Jacover.
April 17 — The Generation Gap at Work — Decoding the generation gaps. Understand the differing perspectives of Generation X (20s), Boomers (30-40s), and the Silent Generation (50s). Deal with communication breakdowns, and frustrations resulting from different values, language and motivation. Led by Nancy Peppard.
May 1 — Making a Behavior Change Stick — We all wish we could change at least one behavior. Identify the dynamics of a behavior change, how we sabotage these changes, and how we can have the power to make changes last. Led by Linda Carpenter.
May 15 — Multiple Intelligences — A new look at the complex topic of intelligence. Understand various facets of intelligence, how it affects learning and perspective, and how both intellectual and emotional intelligence affect job performance and human relations. Led by Randy Koval.
May 29 — Creating a Relaxed Atmosphere at Work — What you can do to lower the stress level of your organization. Practical, productive ideas with attention to space, relationships, infusion of humor and realistic perspectives. Led by Mardica Hicks.
June 12 — The "I‘m Sorry" Syndrome — Why is it that we fall back to apologizing so often? Become conscious of the underlying mind-set in an apology, why we use it, when it’s appropriate, and how to deal with others who misuse it. Led by Alice Bergman.
The cost for each individual seminar is a $14 fee plus $1 tuition. This includes lunch, lecture and gratuity. Cal’s at John’s Landing is located at 5310 S.W. Macadam Blvd. For more information, call 731-6622.
Better Living Through . . . Less
PORTLAND — "Streamlined" is what the old folks would say. But whatever you call it, reducing what you have and what you need are the core topics in Simplify Your Life, a three-week course offered on Monday evenings beginning April 7 at Lincoln High School.
Instructor Diane Boose discusses how to find balance in your life by assessing your values, organizing your space and possessions, and clarifying what the simple essentials are for you.
Tuition is $15 for the class, which meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 234 at Lincoln High School, 1600 S.W. Salmon Street. For more information, call Portland Community College at 614-7308.
Career Planning Series Lays the Path
PORTLAND — Having a job you like can make you want to get up out of your warm bed in the morning. Almost. But whether you are a current job hunter or just want to know what’s out there, the four-week Career Planning Series, on Tuesdays evenings beginning April 1 at Lincoln High School might be for you.
April 1 — Finding a Job in Portland — Lecturer Jennifer Anderson provides an overview of the area’s business and industries, plus a close look at the largest employers and most promising small companies.
April 8 — Throw Away Your Resume! — …and get the job! Learn from Jennifer Anderson how to develop a strategy for reaching the companies you want to work for, the person who can hire you and how to make yourself stand out from the rest.
April 15 — Out Interview the Interviewer — Instructor John Fuller explains the skills you need to keep cool, calm and collected during even the toughest interview. Practice the "hardball" questions, and prepare for any interview, including panels.
April 22 — Who Do You Think You Are? — Discover the perfect career for you through the secrets of personality type. John Fuller helps you to better define your interests, values, skills and goals for targeting the best jobs and companies. A material fee of $6 is payable to the instructor.
Tuition is $10 per two-hour topic, or $25 for all four topics. The series meets in Room 236 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lincoln High School is located at 1600 S.W. Salmon Street. For more information, call Portland Community College at 614-7308.
Homing in On Your Options
PORTLAND — Ever wanted to know how to build an adobe house, rammed earth,
earth shelter? Want to learn more about straw bale houses, solar greenhouses, and recycled houses?
You can learn about the alternatives to cookie-cutter homes in Sustainable
Structures, a 10-week course on Wednesday evenings at Grant High School beginning April 2.
Instructor Candace Gossen, a consultant with Solar 7.83, will walk you through these optional materials as well as share solar, wind, thermal mass and bioclimatic theories. Gossen holds a Masters degree in Science, Building Design, from Arizona State University.
Tuition is $72. The class meets Wednesdays through June 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 39 at Grant High School, located at 2245 N.E. 36th Avenue. For more information, dial Portland Community College at 978-5205.
PORTLAND — Learn the language basics of what may be the world’s least understood culture in Arabic Conversation Beginning: Term I, an 11-week course on Thursday evenings at Grant High School beginning April 3.
Instructor Hasan Handam has 26 years of teaching Arabic at the United Nations School in Jordan, and holds masters degrees from Beirut Arab University and St. Joseph University.
Tuition is $58. The class meets Thursdays through June 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. through April 22 in Room 228 at Grant High School, located at 2245 N.E. 36th Avenue.
For more information, call Portland Community College at 978-5205.
Number Eight: Sleep In
PORTLAND — Energy deregulation is on its way. And despite the multibillion utility mergers, and their promise of savings, it’ll still be up to you to cap your use or pay for your waste.
That’s a good reason to check out 30 Ways to Reduce Your Light Bill, a four-week course on Tuesday evenings beginning April 1.
Instructor Candace Gossen, a consultant with Solar 7.83, shares tips in energy saving projects to protect you house from the elements, including the use of daylight, heat gain and loss, green buildings, passive heating and cooling, and wind and solar design.
The class meets Tuesday evenings through April 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 39 at Grant High School, located at 2245 N.E. 36th Avenue. Tuition is $21. For more information, call Portland Community College at 978-5205.
Which Way to the Fancy Ceiling?
PORTLAND — Plan to visit Italy? It’s more than just the Sistine Chapel and the leaning tower of Pisa. Learn how to better understand and appreciate what you will encounter over there in Getting By in Italy, a four-week Tuesday evening course at Grant High School beginning April 1.
Native Italian Carlo I. Mannocci will acquaint you with the language, idioms, history, art, folklore, country background, customs, as well as with travel tips and the places tourists don’t go.
Tuition is $30. Class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 243 in Grant High School located at 2245 N.E. 36th Avenue. For more information, call Portland Community College at 978-5205.
Hell Fire and Nature’s Beauty
PORTLAND — What formed the Columbia Gorge? Why is our coastline so picturesque? What "turned on" those ice-covered volcanoes and will they erupt again?
Find out about the hell fire behind the northwest’s heavenly beauty in the eight-week course, Volcanic Violence and Catastrophic Floods, offered on Monday evenings beginning March 31 at Lincoln High School. Instructor Ralph Pratt will lead the class, which meets in Room 144 from 7 to 9 p.m. through May 19.
Tuition is $40; students can also purchase a Geological Society membership for $10 from the instructor. Lincoln High School is located at 1600 SW Salmon Street. For more information call Portland Community College at 614-7308.
Friends More than a TV Show
PORTLAND — Learn the crucial role friends play in our society (and not just as "Must See TV") in Friendship – The Neglected Bond, a two-week Saturday morning course at Morrison Park classroom on April 5 and 12.
Instructor Diane W. Boose will discuss how to build and maintain the various kinds of friendships, and their value in our life as a resource for growth, support, and making further contacts.
Tuition is $15. Class meets from 9 a.m. to noon at S.W. Eighth and Morrison in downtown Portland. For more information, call Portland Community College at 614-7308.