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Verbal Communication/Social Skills

Sure, you can chat with your friends. But do you know how to converse with a VIP guest or the higher-ups in an organization? The skills you need for each type of conversation are slightly different; conversations in a professional environment are often less casual. Employers are looking for someone who can speak thoughtfully, and contribute to meetings, and you’ll want to make a good impression right from the start.

How You Might Build This Skill

  • Join a club or organization to experience interacting with a variety of personality types, and to become comfortable speaking with and to a group.
  • Introduce yourself to a new peer or professor to build the confidence to network.
  • Consider an internship or volunteer work to gain experience interacting with others in a professional environment.
  • Engage in mock interviews with Career Services to prepare yourself for the types of questions you might face in an actual interview.
  • Visit the Speech Center to increase your confidence in your public speaking skills.
  • Consider courses such as business communications, public speaking, or interpersonal communication.
Building Your Brand

Everything from your emails to class attendance shapes how faculty, staff, and potential employers view you. Here are Career Services resources to consider when presenting yourself.