On Monday, November 24, 2014, students from the Minnesota School of Business-Rochester campus taking our Professional Communications I class met at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester to help set up at the 29th Annual Festival of Trees – A Celebration of Giving.The Festival of Trees is a well-loved community event that is anticipated by children and adults across the Midwest during Thanksgiving week. Proceeds help Hiawatha Homes to provide quality support services to people with disabilities at home and in their community.
While at the Mayo Civic Center, the students immersed themselves into a wonderland of trees and North Pole décor. They practiced their professional etiquette and communication skills while organizing the silent auction and decorating the exhibit hall with snow. Surprisingly, they discovered that these tasks required constant communication and lots of coordination. Asking many questions and listening to instructions were regular occurrences that evening.
The Tea Cup Tree (see photo) will remain in the students’ memories as one display item that they conquered with some perseverance.
The students came away from the evening with an increased understanding of the need for effective communication when planning a large event.They learned may what to do and what not to do tips. Many students commented on “the importance of teamwork” in this project. They believed that this was the key to completing the project in an efficient manner.
The great display of communication and teamwork resulted in the Grinch turning his back on the cheerful students! The hard work of all the volunteers resulted in another joyful start to the holiday season at Festival of Trees.