From your body language to the faces you make while your instructor is speaking, your actions speak a lot louder than your words in class (though we notice when you talk and text in class, too). Your Business Communication training starts here. Here’s how to be successful in your classes:
- Do your assigned readings. As you read, make notes in the margins with your questions, things you disagree with, and real-life examples that apply to the content.
- Sit up straight in class. It will keep you focused on listening—and your instructor will likely perceive you as being alert and interested.
- If you know ahead of time that you’ll have to miss class, be courteous and professional and send your professor an e-mail about the expected absence.
- Doing even more than your share of the work on a team project will give you a sense of accomplishment, high peer evaluation scores, and great control over the final result.
- Your behavior in the classroom communicates a message to your instructor and classmates. What message do you communicate about yourself?