Is the ability to speak effectively important for teachers? The answer is a resounding yes.
Professional educators keep themselves continuously on an upward learning curve. They know that in addition to regularly upgrading their technical competence, one critical skill that can greatly increase their effectiveness in the classroom and enhance their credibility is the ability to speak effectively.
The ability to speak effectively is a pivotal skill required for almost facet of the teaching profession. Teachers depend on their verbal abilities to carry out their primary responsibility of knowledge sharing. Also, teaching staff communicate vital information about themselves and their schools every time they interface with parents, prospective parents and other stakeholders.
Here are top 4 reasons teaching staff should constantly strive to sharpen their speaking skills:
1. Impact Positively the Speaking Skills of their Students
There is no doubt that the verbal abilities of a teaching staff will to some extent affect the speaking skills of his or her students. Teachers who speak confidently and correctly will set a positive standard for their students to emulate.
2. Create the Right First Impression
First impression matters. Teachers who exhibit effective speaking skills command positive attention and project themselves as true professionals. In addition, when it comes to making an impact with parents, nothing impresses them like teachers who have taken time to work on their speaking skills.
3. Increase Effectiveness in the Classroom
Effective speaking skills will enable teachers to articulate their ideas with clarity when teaching, as well as make their classes more interesting and engaging.
4. Enhance the Competitive Advantage of Schools
Top educational institutions know that the spoken communication of their teachers can speak volumes about their brand, and ultimately give them an edge over less articulate competitors. One of my clients told me recently that she wanted to change her children’s school. When I asked the reason for her decision, she explained that she has observed that some of her children’s teachers do not speak well. On the positive side, teachers who speak well help to enhance the competitive advantage of their schools, which can boost enrollment.
Do you want to stand out, increase your professional credibility, and create a positive impression about yourself as a teacher? Then give attention to regularly improving your speaking skills.
“Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.” – Ben Johson