Business Etiquette Activities for Students

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Business etiquette is an essential skill in readying students for a professional workplace. Use these activities with your high school students to help them develop networking strategies and positive communication.

Business Etiquette Activities

Helping your high school students develop business etiquette can provide them with the tools for professional success. With little to no experience in the world of work, students will need guidance in how to engage in professional communication. Use these activities to engage students in making meaningful introductions, developing essential networking skills, and keeping communications positive. These activities are best used as role-playing scenarios involving partners or teams. Adding a reflective component that asks individuals to write about their experience can serve to solidify their learning.

Introducing…

  • Materials: introduction etiquette article or scenario

In this activity, students will practice introducing themselves and others in a professional and meaningful way. Begin by providing students with an overview of introduction etiquette, using either a short article or a scenario example. Emphasize the need to use both first and last name when introducing oneself, ask pertinent, open-ended questions to continue conversations, and introduce others with an interesting fact or two. The goal is to make interactions memorable and positive, rather than fleeting and meaningless.

Next, team students and ask them to brainstorm pertinent, open-ended questions that can be asked in a professional setting. Provide guidance, as needed. Then, have students circulate and partner with someone who is not on their team, introducing themselves with first and last name and asking a question from their brainstormed list. The interaction between partners should include two name introductions and two questions and answers. If you'd like to extend the activity, have students partner a few times with classmates to practice their skills.

Lastly, have students find a new partner or reconvene in teams. Ask them to share some interesting facts about themselves, such as hobbies, skills, or experiences. Have students circulate and partner again. Students should take turns introducing one another with first and last name and a pertinent detail. Wrap up the activity with a reflection about what they learned during their interactions.

Common Ground

  • Materials: local small business networking scenario(s)

When networking, students should be able to stage meaningful conversations with potential business connections. Begin by providing students with small business bios or having them think of their own. Consider giving them an overall scenario to frame the activity, such as a local small business meet and greet. Have students brainstorm ways that they can add value to the businesses of people they meet during the networking event. This may either come from the scenario you gave them or from their own creative thinking.

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