- Teach students to introduce themselves professionally by shaking hands, making eye contact, speaking clearly, and smiling.
- Help students realize they are learning professional skills in the classroom that matter outside the classroom.
- It’s important that students practice vital professional skills in the classroom.
- Professional introductions are a skill they will use over and over again.
- Greet each student at the door on the first day and make them give you a firm handshake, say their name clearly, smile, and make eye contact in order to gain entrance into your classroom.
- If students don’t get it right the first time, send them to the end of the line to try again.
- It takes some students multiple tries to gain entry; a lesson they won’t forget.
- Once every student succeeds at the professional introduction and makes it into class, lead a discussion about the process they just went through.
- Highlight the essential elements of a professional introduction, 1) a solid handshake, 2) eye contact, 3) clear voice, and 4) a smile.