Collaboration Essentials: Asking Great Questions

Date: April 17, 2018 

Abstract: The questions we ask and the way in which we ask them can make all the difference in how successful we are in meetings, in collaborations, and in our careers. Would you be interested in learning a new framework and effective strategies you can apply to turn good questions into great ones? If so, please join us for this interactive webinar.

During this webinar we will explain our theoretical framework for how questions can lead to more effective collaborations, discuss what makes a question great, and provide examples of our favorite questions to ask domain experts. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their own great questions and solicit thoughts about developing great questions to address challenges in statistical collaborations.

Speaker bios: For the past 10 years, Eric Vance, an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been the director of LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) where he has trained 256 statisticians to move between theory and practice to collaborate with 9000+ domain experts to apply statistics and data science to answer their research or business questions. He has taught workshops and webinars on collaboration around the world, including several in collaboration with Heather Smith.

Heather Smith has 27 years of experience consulting with academic, industrial, service, and government clients in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She began this work as a statistical consultant at Westat, Inc. For 20 years she has been a faculty member in the Statistics Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she consults with academic and private sector researchers and teaches a wide variety of applied statistics courses, including courses in statistical communication and consulting. She has offered over a dozen workshops, short courses, and webinars on these topics, and has trained hundreds of statistical collaborators.

Watch the recording of this webinar here.

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