Are you “engaged”? It means are you involved? Serious? A contributor? Keeping up with innovations?
Engagement: The difference between watching a soccer game and playing soccer. When students talk in class, they’re paying attention. They learn more. The class becomes more interesting/fun because they’re actively involved. They are participating in groups just as they will later in life if they want to succeed. The classroom eventually becomes the company meeting room.
The Tools of Engagement: Since “engagement” means “getting involved,” it requires communications skills. The quality of your thinking is “represented” by how you talk and write as you engage with others. Leaders are good talkers and writers.
The need for “good” talkers/writers communicators. [Photo of Smiling young man above
— “In one way or another every job involves explaining something to others, helping to solve problems, clearly reporting results, or giving direction. Talkers/writers earn reputations as valuable contributors.”
— “Talking makes things happen. When you talk, you explain things, you answer questions, you get people interested or excited about your ideas. You get yourself recognized.”
— “Ask any adult, “Who gets the raise or the promotion?” Usually, it’s the thinkers who know how to talk. Non-talkers or poor talkers might hold jobs, but they often don’t move up in the work world.”
— “Can you grab onto a problem, analyze it, and then debate the value of different solutions? Those who can express themselves are going places. The rest of the employees will sit and listen or take notes …just as non-talkers do in class now.”
The classroom is your practice field [Photo of girl with raised hand]
The College Smart® Book devotes 3 chapters to talking — and talking to different kinds of people
- The importance of talking,how it extends far beyond friends, how much talking really goes on in life, and how people often make good impressions by talking well.
- What makes talking so difficult? Why do people get tongue-tied and stumble? Why teens in particular? Everyone really “learns” to talk.
- How to practice talking in different situations and overcome self-consciousness: with relatives, neighbors, store cashiers, small children, older people, and figures of authority.
- How to practice: Record yourself and play it back. How do you sound? Start with easy topics you like and are easy, a movie or a sports game you watched. Then choose harder, more complex topics. Keep recording, listening to yourself, getting rid of bad speech habits, and keep growing.
Talking well/with poise is so important. It doesn’t just happen. It takes practice…
Subhead: How about writing?
What grades do you earn on your papers?
Do you know how to start a writing assignment?
Can you organize information?
Do you express yourself clearly and easily or do you fumble around?
Do you know how to re-read and improve what you’ve written?
What good is the speed of technology in sending information, if the information is hard to understand? Don’t write well? Get help.
Succeeding in a career is all about engagement, good ideas, and communication. These are the engines of “going places.”