Inclusion, the act of welcoming and accommodating all people, is a wonderful goal with many challenges. As a facilitator of adult learning, I am always on the lookout for simple ways to make sure that everyone in my audience or class is having their needs met.
One simple way to be inclusive is to consider the design of your PowerPoint or Keynote slides. Watch this short video to learn how.
For more ideas, check out Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Training.
It seems to me lately that labeling has gained a bad reputation. The term now has a negative connotation related to profiling, racist views or preconceived limitations. Urban Dictionary even offers an anti-labeling definition that includes the following example:
“Labeling is pointless. I'm anti-labeling.”
While I believe that some labeling can be extremely offensive and have negative consequences, not all labeling is a bad thing! For presenters and teachers, labeling has a valuable place in our training classes or speeches.
3 Powerful Ways to Label
As a public speaker, my most valuable tool is my voice. So when my husband caught a nasty cold a few weeks ago, I immediately grabbed the antiseptic spray and cleaned everything in sight. I avoided kissing him (after 30+ years of marriage, we can survive a brief hiatus) and took lots of Vitamin C. Unfortunately, I caught the cold anyway and quickly developed laryngitis. My doctor prescribed cough medicine and reduced speaking.
“Reduced speaking! Impossible!” was my first thought. However, sitting quietly for several hours had me rethinking this assignment and realizing that some good things might come from it. My mission in life is to improve the quality of instruction for learners of all ages. While I have very valuable lessons to share, I don’t always have to share them with my voice. And, if I reflect on the best learning experiences I have facilitated, I can see that the common strength is hearing the learners’ voices as much as my own.
So how do you determine the right balance? Here are 3 sure-fire signs that you are talking too much.
Thankfully, my laryngitis is now gone. But I am also thankful for the time to reflect on my speaking practices and remember the power of learners’ voices.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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