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Saturday, July 16, 2011

THOUGHTS ON MAXIMIZING EFFECTIVENESS OF TEAM MEETINGS AND TEACHING SITUATIONS

Ensure that your relationship with the team has a light, relaxed side.

Emphasize to the group that note taking I strongly encouraged. This practice not only helps them to thoroughly recall the information that you presented, it enable them to be better prepared to connect the details of one point to another and one teaching session to another.

Ensure that the teaching process for a given subject accounts for those individuals who may struggle or fail to keep up with the material or the expected schedule of learning.

Make certain that any theory, concept of precept you initially offer to introduce a particular topic is thoroughly comprehended by your audience before you discuss more complex aspects of the subject matter.

Be aware of and sensitive to the limitations of a group of individuals to learn a given task or subject.

Employ a somewhat unpredictable presentation style.

Keep the length of your presentation an appropriate duration.

Organize and give your presentation in sequential “building blocks.”

Employ visual aids to illustrate a point, to add variety to your presentation, to enhance the attention span of the audience, and to place specific emphasis as intended.

Ensure that members of your audience have confidence in the material that you are presenting to a point where their desire to learn the material and to be better prepared to achieve their (individual or team) goals is enhanced.

Educate your athletes to the highest levels possible. Sun-Tzu, The Art of War, concluded that with more sophistication comes more control. Furthermore, with sophistication occurs a visualization beyond common concepts and progress toward the path of perfection.

From "Finding The Winning Edge" by Bill Walsh