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Professional Standards

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Throughout the week, students will be exposed to real-life situations that mimic professional experiences.  These include introducing speakers, writing business notes, the art of networking, and more.  Resources here can be used to assist in these experiences.


Introducing Speakers

Toastmasters International recommends the following tips:

  • Don’t steal the show by making the introduction too long (60 seconds is fine) or speaking on a topic that is in no way related to the speaker.
  • Grab the audience’s attention with a great opening. This can be an inspiring quote, a humorous anecdote or an impressive milestone the speaker has achieved.
  • Briefly mention the topic the speaker is addressing, but don’t reveal too much about her speech.
  • Establish the speaker’s authority and expertise. This information will help solidify with the audience the speaker’s credibility as a subject matter expert.

How to Introduce a Keynote Speaker Without Embarrassing Yourself

Introducing Yourself

Business Insider recommends the following tips:

  • Communicate Your Contribution
  • Set Yourself Apart – Be Memorable
  • Communicate Culturally

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Handwriting Notes

The Entrepreneur recommends the following tips:

  • Keep it simple – you do not need to get overly aggressive with stationery. Opt instead for simple “Thank You” or blank cards, which provide you room to leave your message. You can find any number of cards in the clearance area of an office supply store, or you could opt to really make an impact with online options or personalized return address stamps.
  • Be personable – as much as you’d like to make a sales pitch, it is best to take a personal approach and allow yourself to add character to your message. Use a “signature” pen, refer to something you discussed with the recipient, or comment on a shared interest.
  • Include a business card –  to keep your note personable and simple, do not waste valuable real estate describing again who you are and what you do. Instead, simply include a business card as a subtle reminder.
  • Prepare ahead of time – Keep a set of cards and pre-stamped envelopes (use real stamps) with you at all times. After a meeting, do not create an electronic reminder to send a follow up note, which inevitably will be postponed so many times as to become late and ultimately obsolete. Instead, at the very moment you think of it, reach in your bag, grab a ready-to-mail card and complete it.

Perfect Business Thank You Notes

How to Address an Envelope