Motivation, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the process of giving someone a reason to do something. In other words, it is the desire to do things. Motivation can be both difficult and easy for individuals.  It is easy to stay motivated if one is interested in the task. However, if the task does not seem interesting to another, being motivated may become a struggle. Remaining interested is an important characteristic to have in order to set and conquer goals. Without being motivated in the work at hand there is no way it will get done efficiently. If you are ever feeling unmotivated just think about the process of getting there, the positive outcomes, and the benefits of the end goal. Within the Tabor School of Business, it is important for students to stay motivated not only in their class work, but also in the performance learning projects they are involved with.

On April 3rd of 2017, four Millikin students created a week long pop-up shop in downtown Decatur called Blue Brew Coffee. The goal of the pop-up shop was to see if the downtown Decatur market would support a coffee shop. Throughout the week the students saw ample support from Decatur residents as well as folks from the Millikin community. After the week was finished the students along with Julie Shields, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, focused on making the shop permanent. Their intent is to turn the shop into a performance learning class and student run venture. Hopefully, Blue Brew Coffee shop will be up and running by Fall of 2017. Morrison, Lisa. “Meet Julie Shields, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Millikin University.” Herald & Review, 08 Feb. 2016. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.

Millikin has been an avid believer and promoter of performance learning. They do so by getting students involved in businesses and student run ventures. Blue Brew Coffee would become a perfect outlet to allow students to use what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real world situations. By giving students the ability to run a business venture, it motivates the students to become more involved and apply what they learn outside of the classroom. Millikin hopes that these student run ventures also motivate students to be entrepreneurs and create their own businesses.

Sustaining motivation can be tough even under the most ideal circumstances. So how can you stay motivated when your to-do list reaches four pages and it seems like the world is pressed against you? In order for you to stay motivated you must set goals for yourself. Having active visualizations of your schedule down to the minute details can be greatly beneficial when trying to find motivation. You must see it to feel it. Now that you have goals, create a list of the reasons you want to accomplish this goal. In the world today, it is easy to get off course in a hurry. Writing down your motives towards doing something can keep you grounded. Not being motivated is going to happen, but you can limit that by having a plan for when your motivation is lacking. Some people might think that this is a defeatist mentality, but it is contrary to that. It is inevitable a lack of motivation is going to set in, whether that is from sheer exhaustion or temporary set backs. When it does set in you are going to want to have a plan to boost your motivation. Maintaining yourself motivation is a universal struggle. When this happens it is okay to reward yourself occasionally to keep your motivation reserves topped off.


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Memory and Learning (Edited)

Memory, can be defined as the psychological process by which knowledge is recorded and stored. When it comes to memorization, one of the greatest practices of that one can learn at Tabor is using your memory to put forward, strong, and concise presentations. Millikin’s business students are encouraged to present on topics they not only fully comprehend the material, but be able to produce that material from their memory. Whether it be a self presentation in an informal setting, like an elevator speech, or a ten to twenty-minute slide show. Tabor strives for students to become the best representatives of themselves and hopefully one-day future employers. Students also practice structuring the content and the visuals of their presentations to create a clean and eligible display of their hard work. A perfect example of a course that puts these concepts to practice at Millikin is CO 242, or better known as Business and Professional Communications.

Business and Professional Communications is a class currently taught by Professor Candice Baker. Prof. Baker mainly spends her time in the communications department teaching various courses, but she, along with the university, have developed a course that not only fulfills the requirements of a public speaking course, but is perfectly tailored to Tabor students to be given a better understanding as to what the standards of presenting in the business world could be.

Throughout the entirety of the course, Prof. Baker works to make sure each individual student is aware of all of the different scenarios possibly seen as ‘professional communication’. One of the first lessons and one of the most vital ones that students learn is how to properly give a brief introduction of yourself, or what most call an elevator speech. Students will quickly be able to identify what is important in what they are saying and what is not. We occasionally identify that talking in large quantities is seen as intellectual but, it’s not always the most beneficial.

As the semester went along we begin to present more and more often varying between speaking in groups on a topic that gives students the opportunity to create, collaborate, and work with others but, also confidently give a presentation. By doing this, students are given many opportunities to present and really put performance learning into practice. Though one of the most beneficial skills you can gain from this course is being able to utilize your memory to have stronger presentation. Business and Professional Communications tests students to see if they can present on topics that they understand and are comfortable enough to work from memory. Proving that if you know your presentation and your product well enough from memory, you should almost always present successfully.

Overall, classes like CO 242 are such a great opportunity that Tabor students get to partake in. It not only tests our memory, it also provides standards as to how well students should know and understand the material they are presenting, along with provides a perfect representation of performance learning and the idea that practice makes perfect.


Perception can stem from personal experience and shape a person’s view of the world.  It is a constantly evolving phenomena in everyday life.  As it pertains to international business, the perception of culture plays a big role.  Millikin strives to give its students experience in dealing with the different cultures in order to help shape their perception.  The cornerstone class in the curriculum for Tabor in regards to this is BU 330.

BU 330, better known as International Business, is one of the most discussed courses at Tabor. Throughout this course, students work through the semester in small groups to create an international business plan. During the creation of the plan, students research many topics that are discussed in lectures. Some topics include culture, startup strategies, international currencies, and more. Presentations are given to a panel of judges consisting of business executives, presidents of banks, and other experienced business people. The panel provides feedback from their own personal experiences and perspectives in the international business world to help further the learning experience of making an international business plan.

Traveling to another country is completely different than conducting business internationally. This is something that students soon figure out when lectures begin. There are certain things that you learn through the lectures that are crucial to being successful in international business, such as greeting and conversing with people in a business setting. A business deal in South America may be completely different then a deal in China. It is imperative to have an understanding of the world around you especially when doing business in an international setting. Understanding how different cultures work and conduct business is impossible without a change in one’s perspective of the world. Students learn the importance of this change in perspective as it gives them insights on how to conduct themselves when interacting with others around the world.

For this course, understanding different cultures is only half the battle. Once you have learned the material, the next step is to actually implement the knowledge into a customized business plan. Of course, one of the biggest steps in the process to making the plan is choosing a country in which to set up a business.  Once a country is selected, extensive research has to be done in order to make the plan successful. It’s one thing to sit down and hear stories from somebody, such as Dr. Munoz, through his lectures.  But it is another to start from scratch and have to basically create your own perspective without actually being in the country setting up the business. That, arguably, is the most difficult part of the project, but at the same time, that is where the performance learning takes place.

This is not a project that can be put off until last minute. It takes many hours each week of researching and planning on top of working in a group. Time management skills and group skills quickly come into play when an 80-page business plan is the final product. Delegation is another skill that students interact with, as there are many different topics that are covered within the plan. It is one thing to listen to a lecture on how to delegate, but is another when you have to actually have to do it within a group of people.

All in all, perception together with performance learning plays an important role in helping students grow and widen their perspective on a topic such as international business. These skills stay with students throughout the rest of their time at Millikin, as well as throughout the rest of their career that they otherwise would not have without this type of learning environment.  

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Tabor students fly to Denmark to participate in Innovation in Teams

This site has been created for Tabor students to showcase and showoff the Performance Learning their efforts.  Beginning in April, the students of MK308 Consumer Behavior and Analytics will be publishing posts that tie in the topics of MK308 to their favorite Performance Learning projects.  Additionally, as a class, they’ll be promoting, and analyzing posts in order to apply their newly acquired Google Analytics skills and knowledge.