Brooks C. Mendell, Ph.D.

Author of: Loving Trees is Not Enough:

Communication Skills for Natural Resource Professionals

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Book Excerpt

From Chap. 3 on Negotiation...
Telephone negotiations, like telephone interviews, tend to be shorter and may produce additional misunderstandings. Risk comes with speed. Without the benefit of body language and eye contact, both parties have difficulty perceiving inclinations or commitment.

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Keynote Speaking& Workshops

Keynotes | Communication Skills Workshops
Student Workshop (resume & interview preparation)
To schedule a keynote or workshop, contact Mendell & Associates.


Brooks Mendell gives 40 minute programs that are best scheduled as keynotes or following a meal. These include:

  • Communicating Your Message for the Best Results- A powerful message with specific strategies for sharing facts and informationwith colleagues, clientsand community groups.
  • How to Write a Thank You Note - A humorous talk even your mother would love. It's about building relationships in a competitive work environment and, yes, the lost art of writing thank you notes. This presentation works well for general session and after-dinner presentations.

Communication Skill Workshops

These communication skill workshops help professionals reduce the preparation time for and increase the effectiveness of their communications to clients, community groups, and colleagues. For forestry and natural resource professionals, these workshops qualify for continuing education credits.

  • Workshops include discountedcopies of Loving Trees is Not Enough: Communication Skills for Natural Resource Professionals.
  • Topics can be selected and adjusted to best meet the needs of your group. Topics include:
Topic Classroom Hours*
Speaking to community and professional groups


Handling questions and answers (Q&A) in public


Providing feedback to colleagues and employees


Negotiating salaries


Conducting and participating in interviews


Running meetings


Getting the most from cell phones, voicemail, and email


Improving PowerPoint presentations: tips and guidelines


*Each 2 hours of class includes a 15-minute break.

Student Workshop

Preparing Resumes and Participating in Interviews

This three-hour workshop is tailored to the needs of forestry and natural resource students preparing to search for full-time jobs and internships. Special pricing is available foralumni associations, professional societies, and academic programs interested in sponsoring a workshop for college students.