During the 2nd Student Chapter Leadership Workshop in Europe, at SPIE Optical Metrology in Munich, Germany, well-known speaker and SPIE Visiting Lecturer Jean-luc Doumont helped workshop participants develop their persuasive speaking skills. Starting with a theoretical framework that explains what influences decision-making among people – from simple exchange to more high level concepts like consistency – participants engaged in role-playing exercises to practice these concepts. As many chapter officers have trouble recruiting new members, new officers, or requesting funds, these exercises will hopefully help them run more effective chapters. Attendees simply cannot be passive in a class about communication and interaction. Luckily, Jean-luc's sessions are always fun, informative, and highly interactive
The camaraderie from the day continued out in the wider city of Munich as groups descended on the Augustiner Keller, a famous and massive beer hall. Help from the German students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s OSKar Chapter soon had pig’s knuckles and a maß of pilsner sorted out for everyone.
Further highlights from the week include a networking lunch for SPIE Fellows and SPIE Students and a panel discussion on Getting Hired with a distinctly European flare. One of the keys to success for navigating the huge World of Photonics tradeshow is to make some friends at larger booths in the exhibit hall. Live bands and free food and drinks are abundant after the show ends officially for the day. SPIE Students will be back in Europe next year with the Student Chapter Leadership Workshop hosted in Brussels, Belgium, at SPIE Photonics Europe. We look forward to seeing you there!