As we all adjust and attempt to become more comfortable with new and alternative ways of communicating during these unprecedented times, let’s focus on a few areas that can have a tremendous impact and leave lasting impressions.
Being professional and confident is always important, but it becomes even more so as we navigate through these uncertain times. Whether you are sending an email, participating in a virtual classroom/presentation, or if you are on a conference call, make sure you are prepared. There’s nothing worse than setting aside time to meet with someone and they show up unprepared. Below are 5 ways to get the most out of your interactions:
- If there are materials to review beforehand, make sure you take the time to understand the topics that will be discussed and have a list of questions ready that you want answered.
- Remember you are a participant, not a bystander. Be ready and willing to contribute to the experience, especially phone calls and virtual classrooms/presentations. Think of it as a discussion – you need to be part of the conversation in order for it to be effective and productive.
- Don’t mistake confidence for having all the answers. There is absolutely no shame in asking questions or requesting to go back to a topic that may have already been covered. More likely than not, others in the class or on the call also need further explanation and clarification.
- Know that we are all in this together and that no one is expecting perfection. Chances are we will all experience some type of glitch as we attempt to utilize new ways of communicating virtually. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from the host or presenter. Trust me, there is a huge learning curve for many of us (yes, I am talking about myself) and everyone needs to be patient and understanding. The more we use the various technology platforms available, the more proficient we will all become.
- Now is the time to be yourself and draw on your strengths. If you are hesitant to request a phone call or Zoom meeting, start with an email. The most important thing is to DO SOMETHING!
Whether you are a current senior making your final decision on which school to attend in the fall or a someone who is just beginning your college search, we want to hear from you. Admissions counselors are happy to answer your questions and provide you with additional information about Furman. Remember, you’ve got this and we are all in it together!
By: Maggie Murphy, Admissions Counselor