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5 Things that should be taught in schools - Part 3

Thursday September 13th, 2007 by fathersez

Communicating Effectively

Effective communication can be defined as communication that is well understood by the sender and the intended recipient. So the message is always clear and the expectations of both sender and intended recipient are met.

We communicate daily, either by writing, verbally, visually etc.

Imagine the immense benefits if everybody could communicate effectively.

Almost all schools have debating clubs.

How about starting clubs on communications? Where the children can learn communications in a social and relaxed atmosphere. And equally importantly be amongst their peer groups, whilst they learn.  

Toastmasters International, (www.toastmasters.org),(TI), is a club dedicated to helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience, and offers a proven, structured and enjoyable way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Though TI has a minimum age requirement of 18, most of its members are much older. (On the other hand, Rotary International (RI) has Interact and Rotaract Clubs for the 14 – 18 year olds in schools and 18 – 30 years old in colleges respectively.)

TI would do the world a great service by starting TI Clubs at colleges. Perhaps they could impose a requirement on their senior TI members to start TI clubs at every college in their community.

At the invitation of a friend, I attended a TI meeting with my two elder daughters. They enjoyed the meeting, though almost all the rest of us at the meeting were old enough to be their parents.

I suspect that I may not be able to convince my daughters to join TI now so I do not intend to try. Perhaps we shall attend a few more meetings together, just for the fun and social gathering atmosphere the meetings provide.

At least, they now know that there is an easily affordable avenue, where they can improve their communication skills in a well structured and fun environment. .   

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