OK, first day of class and it is time to review the syllabus. A quick lesson:
our Prof reviews the syllabus, the same drill at campuses all over the world. Then, the student who is on the ball and playing to win asks, “Will we be having any guest speakers this semester?”
Prof: “Sure, I am planning to bring in two or three.”
Student: “Are they booked yet?”
Prof: “Two are, why?”
Student: “Can you tell us who they are and when you plan on having them in class?”
At this juncture the Prof wants to know what you are up to, “May I ask why you are asking?”
Student: “Well, I know you would only bring in an over-achiever to lecture. So I would like to Google them, get prepared, and on the day they are to speak, I would like to dress nicer because I am representing this class and our school.”
Wow, two things happen:
First, the Prof realizes you are a standout student. Perhaps you are one of the students they love to teach. One who is striving to maximize her learning environment. She is impressed and looks at you with positive expectations and it is only day one. But be careful, you have shined the spotlight on yourself. So this semester it is time to deliver, but you have set the stage well. You stand out. You have enhanced your personal brand.
Second, you are setting yourself up to expand your network. On the day of the guest lecture, you are prepared:
Well done. Your network expands.
Why is this important?
Two final points:
Did you email your Prof and thank her for inviting the guest and connect via LinkedIn? Get to work.
Again, well done.