Students gathered in the Executive Dining Room March 7 as Director of Forensics Robert Ruiz shared advice about communication within clubs and organizations.
During the lecture, he stressed two themes.
First, organizations should let members come up with ideas individually before convening together. And secondly, organization leaders should listen to their members rather than make assumptions about what they want.
“Listening is the most important part of communication,” Ruiz said.
Ruiz also stressed the importance of two-way communication in all organizational settings.
“Sometimes we think that because things are in chaos and people aren’t getting along and we’re struggling in existing as an organization, that things are bad,” Ruiz said. “No. That’s good. That’s really, really good.”
Ruiz said that every organization should ask itself what it can do for its field, its members and the community at large.
After the club members considered and answered these questions, they reflected on their organizations’ goals and purposes.
Adam Pepper, secretary of the choir organization and vice president of the debate team, said he attended Ruiz’s lecture to gain a new perspective on leadership in his organizations.
“The biggest thing to consider is assessing and listening. Clubs oftentimes get carried away and forget to take a step back and critique themselves,” Pepper said.
Zoe Meshenberg, Alpha Omicron Pi vice president of chapter development, also attended Ruiz’s lecture.
“Ruiz talked about the importance of revisiting and making sure you are reviewing things,” she said.
Meshenberg said she thought this piece of advice should be common sense for most club leaders.
“One thing for clubs in general that I would advise is to make sure everybody gets a chance to be involved,” Meshenberg said. “That’s when your club can really excel.”
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