Teaching the Importance of Networking by Conducting Informational Interviews

Due to the changing nature of the work environment, from bounded careers to boundaryless careers, networking is still a skill that must be learned. Students planning to work in today’s business environment must be entrepreneurial. That means students must take responsibility for their own career path. This paper describes an exercise that teaches students the […]

The Art of Conversation

I just came back from cycling Madagascar.  This was a week’s fundraising trip for the Genesis Research Trust—a non-profit research organization for the health and welfare of women and children.  It was a very challenging cycling event for a very good cause. Forty-two women signed on for this cycling challenge; the bike ride was one […]

Body Language

I was in a meeting where a woman rolled her eyes at something someone said. This body language—rolling of the eyes—was significant enough for the person speaking to stop and ask the reason why the woman was troubled. The encounter between the two people continued, because the person speaking was appalled at the expression and […]

Develop People Skills

Perhaps the one situation that causes problems for many is meeting new people and socializing at business events.  Many people are uncomfortable about walking into a room full of strangers and meeting people they don’t know.  If this describes “you,” then you are not alone. Communication or social skills can be learned.  Once you master […]