Improving Effectiveness through Critical Thinking

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Presented by the University of Maine Business School and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center

Critical thinking is not a mysterious trait or an intellectual bag of tricks, but a skill that anyone can learn. It is a combination of powerful skills, ideas, and practices that can help you be more effective in all your communications. This two-day workshop will improve your ability to make decisions, solve problems, advocate for a cause, and communicate more effectively in your personal and professional relationships. To be successful, all you need is an open mind, your natural curiosity, and a willingness to step back from the action and reflect.

You will learn to:

  • Make your case clearly and powerfully, while supporting others in doing the same.
  • Identify creative solutions to difficult problems and collaborate in finding solutions.
  • Make clear decisions that stand up over time.
  • Release old thinking patterns that no longer serve you.
  • Get to know yourself in refreshing new ways.

The workshop consists of two all-day meetings at the Hutchinson Center, where we will learn and practice every aspect of critical thinking in a fun and supportive atmosphere. On the first day we’ll learn about each element of critical thinking and practice them with each other. In the second meeting we’ll dive deeper into each aspect and combine them into your own complete, customized toolkit. During the two weeks in between classes you’ll be given some fun activities to do on your own. 

The workshop will benefit those in social and human services, businesses of all types, government officials, students, and anyone with a desire to achieve greater effectiveness and satisfaction in their communications. 


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About the presenter:

Terry Porter is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Maine, where she taught business strategy and sustainability in the Maine Business School for 13 years. Dr. Porter also holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and is a certified mental health counselor. She has over thirty years’ experience as a teacher, counselor, coach, guide and facilitator.


The program fee is $150 per person, and includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch. Need-based scholarships are available. Certificates for seven contact hours will be awarded at the end of the workshop. Applications for continuing education units (.7) will be available. 

For more information, to request an accommodation or scholarship application, contact Michelle Patten, 207.338.8002;