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Ten Communication Tips for Teachers #1

Professional skills are specific.

They are manifested in every specific thing we say or do.

No one can be “generally professional.”

Go for specifics.

To add value to people

they must first feel that we value them.

Give them that feeling, through your

body language as well as your words.

Stress is often the result of

negative attitudes others throw at us.

Learn to duck.

If it can be solved, it’s a problem.

If it can’t be solved, it’s a fact.

Solve problems, accept facts.

There’s a place for small talk and humor.

It’s where we wish to connect,

so that we have their attention for learning.

Get their attention first.

Most of us are avid readers.

We read others' facial expressions,

as they read ours.

Make it their best read of the day.

We keep alive what

we keep talking about.

Keep only what’s positive alive.

Technical skills? Professional skills?

Both are essential.

However, 80% of success in the workplace

is the result of professional skills.

Make professional skills a habit.

The learner of anything must believe

the teacher is worth listening to.

The professional must determine

not to disappoint them.

Be a proud professional.

It is more likely that we will

disconnect by talking,

than it is that we will

disconnect by listening.

Listen more. Talk less.

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