Mouth-to-Ears Ratio.

Sometimes we the want our teacher to simply listen. We really would like them to thoughtfully acknowledge or even kindly appreciate our idea, rather than teaching us yet another helpful thing from their vast reservoir of knowledge. Teaching implies that the teacher knows and the student doesn’t. It is good for teachers and leaders to monitor their Teaching-to-Listening (or Mouth-to-Ears) Ratio...
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Don’t read – if you know it already.

Knowledge can get in the way of listening.  Already knowing, or thinking that we know, can retard our interest in what others have to say or contribute.  “I know, I know.” we blurt out in so many words. Listening is a gift that is wrapped in humility. We listen to the person who we think knows less because we have grown up enough to know that they may, actually, know more. And...
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SkillPath Trainer not in Kansas anymore.

I’m not in Kansas anymore.  But I did just spend a week there in rigorous training toward receiving my certification as a SkillPath Trainer. And, I passed!  Yahoo! The training was excellent and helped me see and learn lots of new things about developing training and facilitation expertise. You may know that, along with my own Parker Resources “Sealegs for Success” Training...
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Do you induce, seduce, deduce, reduce, or educe?

The gift of a puppy finally educed a response from the shy boy. Educe.  A new word for me.  How about you? I heard it at a small group event this weekend. Educe means to lead out, bring out, or draw out. Like coaching a wise group facilitator studies how to educe the story, answer, plan, or solution from the  group individually and corporately. Someone in our group asked excitedly if educe...
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Another Lecture?

As a professional speaker I can give a lecture. But success in this area can get in the way. The best teaching occurs when I ask good questions and facilitate discussion. Telling people what to do may seem faster but I suspect the slower communication of dialogue and discussion are faster in the long run. If you are trying to work together the power is often in the middle of everyone’s...
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