“The First Amendment really was designed to protect a debate at the fringes. You don’t need the courts to protect speech that everybody agrees with, because that speech will be tolerated. You need a First Amendment to protect speech that people regard as intolerable or outrageous or offensive — because that is when the majority will wield its power to censor or suppress, and we have a First Amendment to prevent the government from doing that.”- ACLU
Part of our jobs as teachers (Driving Instructors and 5 Hour Pre- Licensing Course providers) is to deliver messages of safe driving.
We want our students to develop safe habits while, before, and after they are driving. However it is easy to become preachy when you are passionate about your topic. Don’t forget that you have to develop a relationship with your audience in a very short amount of time. You must come across as personable and approachable.
Like in our natural conversations with new people it is very important to stay away form arguments that are hot button. Ideas of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and the other religion, politics. Skate the surface with these topics when trying to present, you never know who is in your audience. It is very easy to lose track of time, space and place when trying to make a point.
Know your material, place it on cue cards, and use key words to signal the topics you wish to address. Doing this allows you to change the subject when you get off track and helps you stay focused.
I like to always assume that I will have at least one person that doesn’t agree with my ideas or the topic that I am discussing. I like to think of counter arguments to what am saying, and I try not enter into an argument to be right, but go in with the idea I can be wrong. No one ever listened themselves out of a friendship.
Keep in mind, you are being paid for a service. If you do a good job, each person who walked through your doors will send in three more. At the end of the day, keep your messages more about driving with a side of sweet conversation (Jelly).
Your comments should reflect how you can relate or not relate to this lesson. How do you feel it relates to presenting the 5 hour class?
Charley Chaplin – How you present yourself is important
Jeff Daniels – How you start with your audience is important
Daniel Beaty – Everyone in your audience is fighting a battle
When you figure it out, tell me how… basically it is hard to do all of it. However, you must be aware that it exist.
We watched the argument for education. Keep in mind in order to change any system you need to be part it. Also, every system is designed to get the results that it gets. Unfortunately there are always unintended consequences. These can be positive or negative, but are always unintended.