Students Can Improve Their Communication Skills for Business

Campus recruiters joined together this morning for a discussion forum focused on “the ultimate candidate”.  One section of this conversation centered on the need for students to improve their communication skills which will then boost their success during the hiring process and in their careers. Employers cited the following areas of opportunities for students:

  • Honing professional phone conversation skills
  • Learning presentation skills and the optimal use of PowerPoint
  • The ability to easily transition between different types of interview questions (i.e. some questions only require a simple answer where other questions deserve a more detailed explanation with examples)
  • Improved business writing skills

Attendees – check out Friday’s closing session The Ultimate Candidate Meets the Ideal Employer (Vendome).

Sir Ken Talks about Creativity, Empathy and Innovation

Sir Ken Robinson addressed all the NACE12 attendees this morning with a thought-provoking presentation.

In business the price is high for the failure to adapt. He often hears business leaders ask how we can teach organizations to be more creative. How do we innovate to deliver new products and services so as not to become obsolete?

He says, “what we need are people who are open to possibilities and who are willing to act.” Under the right conditions people flourish and grow. Under models of compliance folks hunker down and protect themselves. People need opportunities to explore their imagination, empathy and creativity. They need time and diverse experiences to discover their passions and how to leverage their unique talents.

This discovery is even more critical since we are in a time of revolution including an unprecedented population expansion, rapid technological innovation and excessive demands on the environment.

For more check out Sir Ken Robinson’s book called The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.

“No one has had the life you have had. You create your life.”

-Sir Ken Robinson

Backstage with Sir Ken Robinson!

NACE’s first keynote speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, just wrapped up. I hope you all enjoyed his presentation as much as I did. He is a brilliant man with fantastic wit that kept everyone intrigued and entertained. I hope you have all walked away with some new creative thoughts and ideas!

Here are pictures of me and Amanda Kaiser with Sir Ken backstage. Go meet him and continue the conversation from 10-10:45 in Chablis!

Professional Standards for University Relations and Recruiting

Jeff Goodman is heading up NACE’s new project to create professional standards for university relations and recruiting. He will be at the conference and he would love to connect with you on ideas for this project, standards you may already have created and possibly volunteering to help with thinking along the way.

Please stop by the NACE booth #203 Wednesday, June 13th at 12:30-1:30 pm or Thursday, June 14th at 9:45-10:15 am to talk about this super interesting project.

#NACE12 is Going Global!

This morning has officially kicked off the NACE 2012 Conference & Expo events in Las Vegas! Right now we are simultaneously hosting the NACE Global Recruitment Symposium (GCRS) as well as the NACElink Symposium here at the Paris and Bally’s hotels. Energy is high and learning opportunities are abound!

If you are attending the GCRS, make sure you tweet your newly gained knowledge and experience using hashtag #NACE12. There are several great sessions this afternoon including the Hot Topic Roundtables at 3:30 and the “Is the Social Revolution Over?” General Session at 5:00.  Join us for the evening reception tonight at 6:00 in Champagne 3.

NACE Global Campus Recruitment Symposium attendees meet and greet before the opening session on Monday.

“When In Doubt, Wear Red.”

The title of this blog post is a quote from Bill Blass, an American fashion designer who used the color frequently in his work. He believed that regardless of your skin, eye or hair color, red will always look good on you. It is fitting then that the theme of the conference’s Opening Celebration and Awards Presentation is “Paint the Town Red!” and of course we encourage everyone to wear their best red outfits – red dress, red shirt, red tie, anything you’ve got as long as it’s red! This fun event will kick off the NACE 2012 Conference & Expo on Tuesday night, June 12 from 6-9 pm in the Vendome. Get excited to mingle with other attendees, celebrate the achievements of your peers, and enjoy light fare and beverages on your first night in Las Vegas. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack your RED!

Thanks to the Chevron Corporation and Northrop Grumman for sponsoring what is sure to be a great night at #NACE12!