Wednesday, October 22, 2008

John Edwards

John Edwards is a motivational speaker who spoke about the importance of communication. He attended SUNY Cortland, and graduated in 1986 with a degree in communications. Effective communication is a lifelong skill that can help you succeed in many different areas. A lot of challenges can result from poor communication. Mr. Edwards spoke about how people can be categorized into different personality types. People with certain personality types get along certain people of the same category or that are similar. Some people a certain type of personality clash or have a tougher time getting along with people of the opposite personality. He spoke about how communicating with others builds relations with those people. Therefore we develop relationships from conversations. He talked about verbal and nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication would include body language we can read from other people that shows emotions. He emphasized how the style of communication is changing in the United States. People rely on technology as their form of daily communication. People communicate through e-mails, text messages, instant messages, and social networks sites such as facebook and myspace. It is important to network with other professionals in my field, to learn new teaching strategies or ideas from them. It is very important to communicate with others, and bounce ideas off each other in the workplace. It is important to ask questions. By asking questions we become experts in the art of critical thinking. People want to feel like they are valued. They like to know that they have an impact and purpose. So it is important to provide positive and specific feedback to these individuals.
All leaders share a unique quality in that they are all effective communicators.
It is very important to be an effective communicator as a PE teacher. Checking for understanding during an activity is key element in a lesson. Communicating to my class clearly ad authoritatively will produce better results, because my students will know what is expected of them. Giving positive and corrective feedback to my class will help them improve their skills and self confidence. Effectively communicating thoughts and ideas to my coworkers is an important skill. Having a good rapport with my fellow coworkers and my boss will help me succeed in my career.
Communication leads to increased learning and accelerated growth. Communication also produces integrity, and results. Mr. Edwards used the acronym SPMT in regards to communication. The S stood for Study. It is important to study, research, learn, and enhance my knowledge. The P stood for Practice. I can only become a more effective communicator if I practice and learn from my mistakes. M stood for Master. I should try to master being a great communicator. It is very important as a teaching to have very effective communication skills with my classes and faculty members. I really enjoyed Mr. Edwards motivational speech. I thought presented his ideas clearly and had fun with the audience. He brought up many valuable points that made me think how communication is very essential to my life.

1 comment:

Stephen Yang said...

Robbie,
Great summary and connection with 255. Just wondering what the T in SPMT stands for. Keep up the great posts.
S