As a teacher, a parent, an adult, you already know that your attitude towards a task strongly influences the outcome.
As Henry Ford (yes that one) said "If you think you can, or think you can't, you're right"
So how would you pass on that nugget of hard-earned, useful information to a roomful of teenagers?
The task concerned here is "Giving a Presentation". You may recall the kind of thing from your school days, or you may even be trying to get your students to stand up and give a presentation as part of their lessons. You know how it feels. You know the kind of things that go on inside your head, "If you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."
Public speaking is probably the most feared activity in a person's working life. Most of us avoid it. And yet, if we could overcome the fear of it, much would become possible.
The story below comes from "The Coach in the Classroom", written by Martin Richards.
Looking into the students’ faces, Riccardo declared, "The best way for me to share with you what I know about giving presentations - is to give a presentation."
Riccardo laughed, and added lightly, "and it would be even better for you to give the presentations."
As he said the word 'you', Riccardo eyed each of the informal leaders briefly.
So what I’m looking for is somebody to volunteer to give a presentation for a couple of minutes so that we can give some feedback.
In fact, I’m looking for three people. Who are the three most confident people in the room?"
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