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Jason Cook Speaks to Faculty, Staff and Students

March 07, 2023


WHS students and staff had the pleasure of welcoming Cherokee alumni, Jason Cook, as our guest speaker today. Jason took the time to talk to the students about the importance of communication skills. He opened with a story about his experience during his summer internship, where his communication skills landed him a job offer with the firm. He said, “If you can communicate and communicate well, doors will open up for you.” Jason’s definition of communication is as follows: “Connecting with people and relating to circumstances.”


Jason went on to share with the audience 5 important tips for communication:


  1. In person communication-this includes shaking hands, making eye contact and having a conversation with someone. (This shows self-confidence).

  2. Have something to say-before you walk into a conversation, have something planned in advance to talk about and something you can relate to, listen and ask questions.

  3. Remember the person’s name and use it! People notice when you repeat their name.

  4. Written communication should show professionalism. Take the time to proof-read emails and other written communications. They should be well thought out and you should have discipline to respond in a timely and professional manner. This shows professionalism and maturity. 

  5. Treat people with kindness and respect. If you treat people with kindness and respect, others are more likely to reciprocate. Jason encourages everyone to “take the high road and give people the benefit of the doubt”.


Jason’s closing comments inspired us to start now, because it’s really going to pay off in the end. Thank you Jason for your time and communicating with us, just how important it is to have good communication skills that will benefit us for a lifetime. 

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