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Guest Speaker Panel Offers Tips, Advice to Gino Perrotte's Students

December 1, 2014

Communication skills are important for everyone to hone, no matter what career one chooses. To illustrate that point, human communication instructor Gino Perrotte hosted a guest speaker panel for his students in which the role of communication in a variety of careers was discussed.

Perrotte presented the panel to his Fundamentals of Technical Presentations class on Nov. 25. The panel consisted of five guests from the University of Central Florida and the community – Aleshia Hayes, a doctoral candidate in modeling and simulation; Stephen Martin, a Disney intern and a UCF environmental sciences major; Jennifer Zeigler, the group human resources manager for Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Bill Blank, Ph.D., the director of career development for UCF Career Services; and Valerie Moses, a development specialist for the CFE Credit Union.

The goal was to show students how they will use the skills they are learning in the classroom once they embark on their careers.

“The panel is offered to help students see the connection between the public speaking communication skills that we are learning and practicing in the classroom with the expectations and experiences of professionals in the workplace,” Perrotte said in an email.

Each of the members of the panel offered tips on interviewing, language use and nonverbal communication as well as their own professional advice and insight. The students were also encouraged to ask questions of the individuals on the panel.