By: Sergio Salgado

Karen Matthews talking to the students.

Waleska, Ga— Monday night was the third event in the RU Leads series for the 2019-20 year. The previous two sessions entailed the ideas of caring and thanking while this time around the theme for the night was speaking and listening. The event was held from 6-7 p.m. but before I attended I had the chance to sit down and talk to Karen W. Matthews, the Director of Vocation and Career Services, and to ask her a few questions.

A guest speaker teaches the students how to effectively communicate.

I asked her what she wanted the students to learn from this experience and she told me “It’s important for students to develop their leadership skills to be prepared for life after college.” She then pulled up a PowerPoint and showed me how important it is for employees and leaders to have trust with one another.

“Every year Fortune releases a list of the 100 best companies to work for as chosen by employees and they all have great amounts of caring, thanking, inspiration for their employees and more. Leaders are hired to get a job done and their goal is to inspire their workers to do their very best whereas the goal for employees is to develop a sense of trust with their employers, to be able to communicate with them, and to be comfortable in their work environment.”

An effective way to build trust.

During the event, the students were told that to effectively communicate means to truly listen and then respond. That means to not form your response while someone is speaking but to actually listen to what it is they have to say. The second half of the year will hold more RU Leads events that will build on the previous ones so be sure to attend.





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