Giving Students a Voice at the Table: An Entertaining Lesson on the Art of Conversation

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How do community college students learn to express their ideas and make recommendations to managers and leaders in a collaborative setting?  They learn the “art of the conversation” by participating in an interactive workshop designed as a mock “dinner party.”  The purpose of this proven exercise will be to show students how they can interact with people at different levels of an organization, and contribute to the conversation about a variety of topics. Students will build their confidence, demonstrate their intellectual curiosity, and practice networking and oral communication skills in the safe environment.  

The NJ Center for Student Success, which is part of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges,works collaboratively with all 19 community colleges in New Jersey to increase successful experiences and outcomes for community college students.

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Career Conference: Putting Theory and Research into Practice
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How do community college students learn to express their ideas and make recommendations to managers and leaders in a collaborative setting? They learn the “art of the conversation” by participating in an interactive workshop designed as a mock “dinner party.” The purpose of this proven exercise will be to show students how they can interact with people at different levels of an organization, and contribute to the conversation about a variety of topics. Students will build their confidence, demonstrate their intellectual curiosity, and practice networking and oral communication skills in the safe environment.