In Julian Treasure’s Ted Talk he discuss simple things that we can do as speakers to make others want to listen. I chose this Ted Talk because as teachers we are constantly speaking and delivering information that are students should listen to. We can not expect them to listen all the time, but they are more likely to if we are delivering that information in a way that makes them want to listen.
Treasure presented what he calls “The 7 Sins of Speaking”. These are things that we should avoid all the time to become better overall speakers that people want to listen to. They Include:
6. Lying (exaggeration)
7. Dogmatism (confusing facts with opinions and offering them as so)
While listening to this I thought of course these are things that no one wants to do especially while delivering important messages. After thinking about it for awhile I realized I was guilty of some of these, not necessarily while giving a large speech but while simply have a conversation with another person. Treasure explains that doing these things in normal conversation can turn people off from wanting to listen to you when you do have something important to say.
Treasure also offered what he believes to be the 4 foundations for powerful speaking.
Like I mentioned before there is a lot of speaking involved in teaching, you must have the ability to speak to your students, their parents, fellow co workers and administrators, and of course you want them to listen. I plan on using the 4 foundations that Treasure spoke of to improve my own speaking as well as avoiding the “7 deadly sins of Speaking”.