Lesson 83: Be Yourself When You Are Teaching

Speaking could guide thought, influence people, and is a form of art. A teacher or an educator would not want to just deliver the knowledge, but to inspire and lead the students through speaking.

However, it is quite hard to influence the students through teaching, isn’t it? Because the students may not response to you. They may not understand what is the lesson about, or may be dislike having lessons, or may be because they do not know you yet.

When these issues are encounter, what should a teacher do to make the students open their mind?

I guess that you could easily find the answers when you Google it, isn’t it? Speak with strength, teach with fun, ignite the curiosity, be outstanding, be humorous...

If you are an introvert, it is quite difficult and reluctant to be passionate, fun and active, and purposely sprinkle playfulness in your class, isn’t it? When I first started the job as a coach, I had the similar issue. I had to be extroverted, cracking jokes and mingling with all the students. Because I overdid it, the students would stare at me without any responses as I was talking, as if I were an alien. So, when it happened, I had to laugh off the embarrassing moment.

If you act as an extrovert with reluctance, and consciously be passionate, the students would feel uneasy too.

You should do things out of your own volition, not by force. Then you will exist joyfully. (Joshua J)

Therefore, do not force yourself to be another person because it would cause discomfort to the audiences and yourself.

Even if you are an introvert, and you do not crack jokes or jumping around with joy, it does not really matter. Students would feel at ease if you are being yourself, calm, delight and easy when you are speaking and teaching.

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