Investigate Background of Our Guest Speakers
Guest Speaker Discussion Paper
Assignment: Guest Speaker Prep
To investigate background of our guest speakers.
To investigate current retail news, focusing on company of guest speaker, and/or implications of events/trends on their company.
To practice being curious by developing and asking thoughtful, insightful questions of retail industry practitioners, questions that will enhance your knowledge of the field.
Search for information about the guest speaker. Pay attention to experiences in the speaker’s background that relate to the retail industry.
Search for information about the guest speaker’s company, including both history and recent news about the company.
Develop a list of 3-5 questions relating to career matters, general retail knowledge (relevant to course content) and recent company news. Questions should ask about information that is not obvious from publicly available information.
Compose a document (one-page maximum (not including reference list), single-spaced):
Summarizing information about the speaker using terminology from the course.
Summarizing information about the speaker’s company/industry events relevant to speaker’s company using terminology from the course.
Listing your questions
- reference page
Grading: Each Guest Speaker Prep is worth 10 points.
Excellent (10) Acceptable (8) Unacceptable (6) Company & speaker background Summary of speaker’s & company’s background informative and includes recent news Summary of speaker’s & company’s background adequate Summary of speaker’s & company’s background uninformative Questions Questions highly relevant to course Questions fairly relevant to course Questions not relevant to course Professional Document is concise and professional and does not exceed one page. Document is somewhat concise and professional and does not exceed one page. Document is not concise/professional and/or exceeds one page.