Retaining, Motivating and Inspiring Todays Students: How To Do It With Eight Words

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Retaining, Motivating and Inspiring Todays Students: How To Do It With Eight Words 15 April 2009 Online One of the biggest challenges for faculty and staff is student retention. How do we keep students in school? The answer is motivation. Students drop out when theyre not motivated, especially in the first semester. Therefore, educators are always looking for tools that inspire and engage students. Eight Words is a tool you can use to increase student motivation and retention, and ultimately improve student success and persistence. It is a valuable, easy to use process designed to get students fired up and motivated about the learning process, their education and their future. The story of the Eight Words began one day on a plane when a teenage girl asked Richard St. John "What really leads to success?" To answer her question, he spent 10 years interviewing 500 of the worlds most successful people. After analyzing the data, he boiled the secrets of success down to Eight Words. In the first hour of the webinar, Richard will take participants through the Eight Words, share results of his research, and show why these Eight Words cause students to feel motivated and ultimately stay in school. The second hour focuses on instruction, as instructors have the most face to face time with students and are experts in the classroom. Using faculty as a resource, Richard St. John partnered with Don Fraser to create exercises, guides, and videos to help run workshops for educators. They developed these elements and ran dozens of test workshops at colleges. Consistently, the Eight Words moved students from a mindset of confusion, doubt, anxiety, and fear, to an outlook of possibilities, confidence, engagement, and learning. And it doesnt take weeks or months to achieve. In 60 minutes, students become more motivated, inspired, and engaged, all of which leads to improved retention. In the second half of the webinar, Don Fraser will share his experience and show how instructors can use the Eight Words to increase motivation and retention in their own classrooms. "It touches the hearts and minds of students and helps them realize they can be successful." Dr. Richard Neyens, College America "It has helped me get through the first semester of college and will forever change the way I work and go about achieving my success." Rita Randelle Davis, student, George Brown College "You want students to be grabbed by something and this will grab them." Eric Teoro, Professor, Lincoln Christian College "It was the best presentation I’ve ever seen! I learned useful ways to achieve, rather than moping around the house, telling my mother I don’t care about school." Thiuya, student, George Brown College Participants will learn how to: *Get students more motivated, inspired, enthusiastic, and engaged – and do it in 60 minutes. *Give students good reasons to persist and stay in school, especially when theyre struggling. *Take them from a mindset of confusion, doubt, anxiety, and fear, to an outlook of possibilities, confidence, engagement, and learning. *Help students make a better connection between the classroom and success in the real world. *Use dynamic, interactive exercises that bring about high performance change. *Empower faculty by giving them the necessary information to impact student motivation and retention in the classroom and in life. Who Should Attend? Faculty Presidents Provosts Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, Chief Financial Officers VP for Enrollment Management Dean/Director of Admissions, Executives, Deans of Academic and Student Affairs Managers, Supervisors Staff and Students who play a key role in recruiting, retaining and graduating students at public and private two and four year institutions Who are the speakers? Richard St. John is a success analyst, author, and speaker. He founded a successful marketing communications company and has won top awards, including an IABC Gold Quill, the highest award in business communications. His second career began when a teenage girl on a plane asked him What really leads to success? To answer her question he spent 10 years personally interviewing 500 successful people, from Bill Gates and Martha Stewart, to the Google founders and DNA co-discoverer James Watson. After analyzing the data, St. John determined the top eight factors for success in any field. His first book Stupid, Ugly, Unlucky and RICH was an Amazon Top 50 Bestseller. The follow-up 8 To Be Great delivers the same content in a more affordable book for students. He has presented numerous times at the renowned TED conference in California. His talk "Secrets of Success in 8 Words, 3 Minutes" is rated one of the most inspirational talks on the website; the Success Professor ranks it in his Top 5 Great TED Talks; it is the #1 video resource on the Weekly Innovations website. Don Fraser is one of North Americas leading authorities on student success and retention. A professor at Durham College for the past 30 years, Don publishes the national bestseller Making Your Mark that has sold over one million copies. Don has delivered student motivation and retention seminars to over 17,000 college staff at various conferences and at over 300 colleges. Don has done a great deal of research on student success and retention and received a NISOD award for this work and has developed a retention model - The Right Start to College - that has been adopted by many colleges and universities across North America. Enquiries: