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The Digital Age: Make or break for professional relationships? (a repeat of a PEG 30th anniversary conference presentation)

Join PEG for our webinar series, where you will have the opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills as editors and proofreaders in a variety of ways: linguistic, stylistic, business, digital, technical, professional and more. During this webinar on 26 September, our presenter’s aim will be to share with you her thoughts about where we as human practitioners and improvers of writers’ words fit into the Digital Age, primarily as communicators with colleagues and clients.

Focus:This brief webinar offers a brief context of who we are as communicators in the Digital Age. It draws on a model of interpersonal interaction called ‘transactional analysis’. The presentation offers a way of understanding what happens in our interactions on professional platforms and concludes with tips on how to use this information in our professional relationships (with colleagues and clients).

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023

Time: 10:30 to 12:30

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: Alexis Grewan

CPD hours: Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their attendance and their having earned 2 hours’ worth of core CPD; those who opt to listen to the audio recording of the webinar instead, without actually attending, will earn 20 minutes’ worth of discretionary CPD time.

There is no pre-webinar exercise or reading.

About our facilitator

Alexis Grewan is a collaborator with a flexible style of communicating. She worked in two previous professions before entering the world of language practice. Her background as a social worker and natural healthcare professional underpins her interest in the way we interact and what drives the quality of our communication with others. As an editor and writing consultant, Alexis values accuracy and upholds high standards of editing and writing practice. She is ethical, vigilant, disciplined and reliable; she believes these values should also form the basis of professional relationships. Alexis is a PEG Accredited Text Editor and has been the chairperson of PEG since May 2021.

About the webinar

Electronic communications have become our standard means of communicating, whether via email, WhatsApp, short message services, or social media platforms. While digital technology has brought with it innumerable opportunities and benefits, it relies on human beings to use it effectively and appropriately. The Digital Age is not just about technology and which applications, software or social media platforms we can use to improve our work. It is about how we use ourselves through digital technology at every turn, in every contact and on every platform. We need to be reminded that our professional reputation rests on our skill in not only language practice but also effective and appropriate communications.

The presentation will be delivered using a PowerPoint presentation with visual images to explain the dynamic interaction of three ego states that exist within each of us, but that play out differently in our communication with one another. Examples will be shared to demonstrate how these ego states manifest and how we can manage our responses to other people in order to avoid and/or ameliorate tension, conflict or counterproductive interactions. This presentation is aimed at anyone who recognises that the quality of their relationships with others (colleagues and clients) is as important in the success of their work as the technology they use or the skills they have developed.


Affiliation Registration fee
(by/on 24 September)
PEG members R275
LAMP members* R475
Non-affiliated members R675

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).

Please register by completing and emailing the registration form to Sharon Rose.

Deadline for registrations: 12:00 on 25 September.

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by no later than 12 noon on 25 September. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the eve of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2023 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

Use the early-bird special: save money and secure your spot at this webinar by registering early!

26 September, 2023 @ 10:30 - 12:30 Africa/Johannesburg at Online (Zoom) by PEG | conference Fourth quarter Webinar Zoom

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