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Communication Skills for Women

Feb 17, 15 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

How to achieve confidence, credibility, and composure in the workplace

What makes you clam up, shut down, or fall apart?

Nearly all work involves interaction and communication with others. Clear, effective communication — between individuals, within teams, and among departments — is a vital part of any successful organization.

Developed specifically to meet the needs of today’s working woman, this communication training offers valuable insights you can use to enhance your communication style while earning the respect and cooperation of others. You’ll learn to speak up with composure and confidence. We’ll help you unearth self-defeating attitudes and replace them with positive expectations. You’ll get tips to help you deal with trembling hands, “butterflies,” and other nervous symptoms.

This communication skills course provides targeted training in how to:

  • Use the techniques of influence and persuasion to build productive and rewarding relationships with all kinds of people
  • Control your emotions and stay composed and effective under pressure
  • Overcome fears of public speaking and voice your opinions readily
  • Handle high-stakes situations, mistakes, and crises with confidence

Spend a day looking at how you interact with others. At this communication skills course, you’ll discover the simple yet profound changes you can make to add impact to your communication.

Do you cringe at the thought of speaking in front of others?

  • Do you stifle your suggestions at department meetings, instead of impressing your colleagues with your intelligence and insight?
  • Do you rush clumsily through your agenda during appointments with clients, rather than taking the time to showcase your hard work?
  • Do you avoid making presentations at all costs, when you could be wowing people with your knowledge and professionalism?

If so, you’re passing up golden opportunities to highlight your dedication and expertise. Attend this communication training and gain the confidence and skills you need to stay composed under pressure and express yourself in a way that gets results.

Register Today

1-Day Seminar – US $49.00

Groups of 5 or more: $44.00

March 23rd, 2015
Tyler, TX

Courtyard By Marriott Tyler
7424 South Broadway Ave
Tyler , TX 75703

Call Toll-Free:1-800-780-8476

Special Called City Council Meeting – Monday, February 9 at 5 PM

The agenda below says Thursday,

but in fact it is on Monday, February 9  

5 PM in Community Center

Open to Public




Jackie Nations, Mayor Pro Tem                                                                             Allison Young, Council Member

Don Smith, Council Member                                                                                  Yvonne McCauley, City Manager

Amanda Davis, Council Member                    Dean Stone, Mayor                         Jay Mills, City Attorney

Ted Mitchell, Council Member                                                                               Sereca Huff, City Secretary


Notice is hereby given of a Special meeting of the City Council of Van to be held on Thursday, February 09, 2015 at 5:00 pm,  at the Van Community Center, 310 Chestnut, Van, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following agenda items. All agenda items are subject to action. The City Council reserves the right to meet in a closed executive session on any agenda item should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551, of the Texas Government Code.


  1. 1.             CALL TO ORDER:


  1. 2.             ROLL CALL:


  1. 3.             INVOCATION:


  1. 4.             PLEDGE TO THE FLAG:


  5.         OLD BUSINESS:


  • None


6.          NEW BUSINESS:


  • Consider/Approve the employment of Yvonne McCauley as City manager (clarification of vote 2-5-2015).


 7.           Executive Session:


Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551, of Texas Government Code, Sec. 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney) Sec. 551.072 (Real Property), 551.073(Perspective Gifts), 551.074(Personnel), 551.076(Security Devices or Security Audits), 551.087(Economic Development Negations) and Section 418.183 (f) of the Texas Government Code (Texas Disaster Act). Refer to posted list attached hereto and incorporated here in. Executive Session may be held, under these exceptions, at any time during the meeting that a need arises for the City Council to seek advice from the City Attorney as to the posted subject matter of this City Council meeting. 


  • Consider/Approve the hiring of a Police Chief or Interim.


          8.            RECONVENE:





9.        ADJOURNMENT:



In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Van will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons attending City Council meetings. To better serve you, requests should be received 24 hours prior to the meetings. Please contact Sereca Huff, City Secretary, at 903-963-7216.



I certify that a copy of the February 09, 2015 agenda of items to be considered by the Van City Council was posted on the City Hall bulletin board on February 06, 2015.



Sereca Huff, City Secretary

I certify that the attached notice and agenda of items to be considered by the City Council was removed by me from the City Hall bulletin board on the ­­­­­­­­­     day of      , 2015.

Microsoft Excel Seminars available

Feb 4, 15 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

Fred Pryor – Microsoft® Excel® Basics

Become a confident, capable Excel 2007 and 2010 user with this customized Excel training!

One Day Seminar – just $79 
  • Master Excel formulas and functions
  • Design and organize professional looking worksheets
  • Add charts and graphs to give your spreadsheets a visual punch
  • Copy, move, delete, insert or replace anything in your worksheet with ease
  • Solve common printing problems and end irritating surprises once and for all
  • Create and use simple macros that save time and sidestep mistakes
  • And much more
Arlington My 14 at Admiral Hotel
Dallas Feb 17 and May 20 at Wyndham Dallas Love Field Hotel
Fort Worth – May 12 at Best Western Plus and Feb 19 at Norris Center
Richardson – Feb 5 at Holiday Inn and May 4 at Double Tree Hotel Richardson
Texarkana TX – June 11 at Clarion Hotel
For registraton Download:


@Tele’s – Chamber of Commerce Meeting – February 3, 3015

Jan 30, 15 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

van chamber.jpgWe have been invited to go to Tele’s for our November  Chamber Meeting!

The Van Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting Tuesday,February 3, @ 11:45 am at Tele’s restaurant. (Actual meeting begins at 12 Noon – 11:45 allows you time to get your food, if you wish to do so.)

Bring your business card – individual or business – we will have a drawing.

Come hear a few words from SPCA .

All are welcome!  See you there!


@ SOULMAN’S BBQ- Chamber of Commerce Meeting – January 6, 2015

Jan 2, 15 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

van chamber.jpgWe have been invited to go to Soulman’s BBQ for the January 2015 meeting!!!

Chamber Meeting!

The Van Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting Tuesday, January 6, @ 11:45 am at Soulman’s BBQ restaurant. (Actual meeting begins at 12 Noon – 11:45 allows you time to get your food, if you wish to do so.) 

Soulman’s BBQ has your meal available upon arrival by going through their buffet and choose what you desire and pay before you sit down.  The meeting will be happening on the West side of the restaurant in the right hand corner.

Bring your business card – individual or business – we will have a drawing.

Come hear a few words from Chamber member Roger Johnson, EDC Director let us know about plans for Van for 2015.

All are welcome!  See you there!

Soulman’s BBQ
2904 E Interstate 20
Van, TX 75790
11:45 – 1:00 pm.

Van Zandt County Crime Prevention Parade & Fair

Oct 15, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

crime prevention

-October is Crime Prevention Month

-Messages from State & Local Officials

9:30 Parade and Fair – Saturday – October 18

-What’s Up with McGruff the Crime Dog

-Canton’s Sgt. Steve Hall & his K-9 Partner

and Lots more…...


Van Brookshire’s Grand Re-Opening

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Van Brookshire’s Grand Re-Opening!!  

October 28 at 11:00 AM Ribbon Cutting

Followed by Refreshments

Texas Star Quilters Guild of VZ County

Sep 25, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments


Chili Cookoff – get your entry now!

Sep 18, 14 • City of Van, Featured News, NewsNo Comments

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The City of Van has the full size form at the City offices. 

Van ISD Education Foundation

Sep 17, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

Van ISD Education FoundationInvite you to

2014 VISD Education Foundation Annual Golf Tournament

Saturday – September 27, 2014

At Twin Lakes Golf Course in Canton

Our  mission is to provide funds to facilitate student achievement, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individual, businesses, and civic organizations.

You are welcome to sponsor any number of items for the tournament.  Please feel free to contact Lynsey Admire at 903-963-8328 for more information,  if you wish to participate in any way.

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