There's no doubt that developing a strong ethos is an intricate, timely process. Some of us have no problem grabbing the microphone and speaking our minds to a room full of people, while others (those dang blogger types) would prefer to write down our ideas and feelings in a safe, comfortable environment. Truth is, it's better to strive for both skill sets.
This year, the Ethos Project board members have worked hard to offer Boise State undergrads a "tool box" to develop and master these skill sets. This isn't your typical classroom instruction -- we at Ethos believe in the power of student-to-student collaboration. It makes sense right? We get each other, we feel similar pressures.
So we broke it down into three workshops. The first was a "meet and greet" to become friends with other undergrads who were interested in the Ethos Project. It was also an excuse to eat food.
Somewhere along the way, this happened:
As much fun as it was to kick back along the Greenbelt with other students, it was time to get down to business a few weeks later at our second workshop. The Ethos board members agree that oral communication is absolutely HUGE in developing a solid ethos (credibility to your audience), but speaking ideas to a large room of people is paradoxically terrifying to most of us. So we dedicated our second workshop to fleshing out some pretty stellar elevator pitches.
The main goal was to build each student's confidence as they applied and practiced certain skill sets. The Ethos Project was able to create a unique space for students to learn from one another.
Some of our participants were gracious enough to share their thoughts on the experience:
"I thought I was going to the oral communication workshop just for fun and to see some familiar faces. But honestly, I got a lot out of it; I didn’t realize how rusty my elevator pitch skills were! I thought I was very comfortable with speaking, but there is always room to learn more."
"I really appreciate what the Ethos Project is accomplishing. With these workshops, it is evident that they are invested in the success of student groups on campus. I know they are still in the process of growing the resources they offer, but even in their early stages they're nailing potential places of guidance for students. Looking forward, I'm excited to see how they grow!"
Marissa Zamudio (Director of Campus Relations)
"What helped the most was knowing how truly invested the other students were in genuinely helping me out. This workshop was neat in the sense that I was able to see what other students were developing their pitches for!"
Tommy Lippman (Community Relations Director)
"Participating in the Ethos Project Verbal Communication Workshop helped me craft a focused and elevated description of my ideas. The intimate setting and intentionality of the Ethos Project created an effective atmosphere to polish the way I communicate with other Boise State students through an interactive elevator-pitch centered curriculum. I'm glad I am a part of a community of students who are passionate about helping their peers advocate for change one idea at a time."
With two workshops under our belt, we invite you to see what our 3rd workshop, Written Communication, has in store for YOU!
Join us on Tuesday, November 15th to brush up on those writing skills. We'll be discussing email etiquette and social media content writing. More details to follow!
Contact Kelsea Donahue with any questions.
SEE YOU THERE!