What are some skills needed to pursue a Business and Communications major (on the more specific spectrum)?
I've been thinking about majoring in this field for quite a while and I think I'm pretty qualified to excel in this field. I've had experience speaking to big crowds formally, I have quite a few connections not only with my peers but some adults who will also be helpful along the way, I think I have a clear voice when I want to say an idea of mine. Is there any other skills or ways to enhance my experience BEFORE I get into college? Thank you in advance! #college #business #career #college-major #finance #experience #communications #marketing
In the high school, you can consider to join the debate team , speech competition, story telling competition, etc. On the other hand, would you consider to do some voluntary work, e.g. you can be teacher to help the younger children on their learning or story telling to the toddlers, etc.
On the other hand, regarding your question to polish you skills on public speaking, you can consider to attend some lessons on public speaking and communication. They would teach you the skills on public skills, e.g. the pitch, tone, facial expression, gesture, etc. Probably, they would offer you opportunities to practice as well.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Great to hear you enjoy public speaking and are comfortable with that! I would also suggest honing your writing skills which will only develop further with your clear voice ;) Writing skills are super valuable in any Communications position and can be a great start, especially if you don't yet have any work experience as you can get writing experience from school and volunteer opportunities. A good start is looking at the library for any writing courses and to just start writing! One of my favorite profs made us write every day for 20 mins on whatever topic we desired just to get the creative juices flowing.
Love Michael's answer about active listening as well.
A degree in communications opens doors in a multitude of fields. Being comfortable in a public speaking situation is a great skill to possess. I have a Bachelor's degree in communication and can share that there are many other skills such as critical thinking, creativity, grammar, witty, writing, story telling, project management, detail-oriented, etc. You will do classes on Social Media strategy, Management of Communication Projects, Organizational Branding, Personal Brand, Graphic Design, Storytelling for Business, Marketing, Communication Law & Ethics, to name a few.
Check out this article, it has some good info: https://www.bestchoiceschools.com/personality-traits-english-communication-majors/
Best of luck to you!
Communications will always be a valuable workplace skill even in non-comms professions. The ability to express oneself clearly and succinctly in ANY role is important - especially in today's world of digital communications.
Start by being a student -- of your craft. Read industry blogs, follow companies and professionals you admire on LinkedIn and Twitter. There are a ton of fascinating TEDx Talks about Communications (and simply, communicating), on Youtube.
Put it into practice. Start a blog, stay up on social media trends, and take your social presence seriously. It's not just a diversion -- it's important experience and practice.
Be open to change. You're just starting out, and the landscape you'll face in four, five, six or more years will probably be dramatically different than the one today. Now more than ever, it's vitally important to learn quickly and adapt accordingly. Adopting that mindset now will prepare you for college and a long, successful career in Communications. Good luck!
"If you can't outsmart them, outwork them."
- Experience with various forms of written communication will ultimately help you to become a better oral communicator/presenter
- Journaling can be a helpful way to commit your unfiltered thoughts to paper, and will allow you to use multiple perspectives. It will also be a great way to see your progress along the way
- Pay close attention to those with strong communications skills and taking notes about what works. How are they engaging the audience, what is their style of presentation, and what visuals do they use on screen and off?
- Take the initiative to take on more in-class projects where you have the opportunity to speak up
- The ability of active listening is a major key to honing your communications skills
- Focus on interdisciplinary classes as well so you can gain experience synthesizing information in areas for which you have not had the opportunity to study yet