- Guest Speakers: Interactive Activities
- Guest Speakers: Assessment
- Guest Speakers: Challenges
- Guest Speakers: Resources
Inviting guest speakers in your classroom provides the opportunity for the experts to share their point of view and experience, which can enable students to have access to other professionals’ perspectives and engage in dialogue. Dialogue encourages the development of critical thinking skills and opens the door for students to become reflective and creative in the process of constructing meaning, to share varied perspectives, and acquire collective understanding. Guest speakers can also help the students to network with community organizations, institutions and the industry and open up possibilities for building relationships. This is particularly important for their future occupational aspirations. Guest speakers share the most recent innovations and news and provide significant information regarding “knowledge and skills that are up to the industry standards” (Lyu, 2016).
Gender and cultural diversity among guest speakers invited in the classroom can also be advantageous for students to address gender bias and stereotyping, as well as to acquire intercultural competency skills. By inviting successful female guest speakers in professional managerial positions, such learning engagement may help reduce gender bias in the workplace, or at least provide opportunities for relevant dialogue to be initiated. In addition, intercultural communication can assist in increasing students’ awareness on multiculturalism and when this is paired with interactive intercultural communication exercises organized by the guest speaker, the experience is a profound and meaningfully lasting one for the students.