The Effective Communication Class at Greystone Preparatory School consists of three specific components:
Planned, prepared and presented speeches
Profound thinking extemporaneous comments
Evaluation and feedback, commonly called Criticism
All of our students are leaders and high-performance candidates for the military service academies. The following is a portion of my lecture and class presentation on Becoming the Best You.
“Worthwhile leaders with vision can count on receiving criticism. It is a hazard in most occupations and professions. Criticism can be constructive and positive; it can also be negative and destructive. Intense critical comments have caused many leaders to throw in the towel, give up and quit. I am reminded of the remarks of Theodore Roosevelt when speaking about this subject,
“it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena – – – – – far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat”.
Leaders must have a sense of humor and the ability to receive criticism. Additionally, the leader must be able to filter any criticism from fact or fiction. Criticism is best handled by holding on to your wits; responding instead of reacting; asking questions; listening more and talking less; do not be emotional, keep your voice lower and your inflection slower; consider the source; refuse to be discouraged and keep marching toward your goal, vision and mission.
Time is an important asset. Time is indispensable and irreplaceable. The average age of life expected is approximately 74. Divide that number by 2 and you get 37. Middle Age, Maybe ?? Do you have more yesterdays or tomorrows? What is the value of time in your life expectancy?
The Value of A Minute:
24 Hours in A Day;
x 60 minutes in an hour
1440 minutes in a day
x365 days in a year
525,600 minutes in a year
x 10 cents a minute paid for the year – assumed
$52,560 paid for the year – assumed
With the time remaining what will you do to create a Legacy for your life? Time is priceless. Do not waste it; Do not kill it:
“How you spend your time defines who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey
I am an Effective Communication Instructor/Coach at Greystone Preparatory School at Schreiner University and my students will be arriving at the end of July.
Words for the 2020 class of Greystone Preparatory School
Time has no direction; time is devoid of thought, reflection or expression. Time does not require a plan of action. Time can be full of high-level successes and personal accomplishments. For a meaningful life, you must perform deep profound thinking and prepare a well thought out, well written plan of action. We want to look at the past years with a grateful heart knowing we have performed at our best. Planning is required.
Time is short. Mediocrity is over. Opportunities are knocking. Answer the call and be blessed.
You can achieve your dreams. The size does not matter. The bigger the better. Little things become big things. You must approach all things as magnanimous. Impressive, grandiose projects require the success of the details. Our world depends on the small details. We live in seconds, minutes, hours and days.
To become a successful military officer, you must understand details are important and all details matter. In all walks of life, high performance achievers know the slightest mistake can result in a major tragedy. The nominate factor in quality and excellence in every area of life is performing the little details correctly all the time. Consistent, persistent, working of small differences produce significant positive long-term results. The philosophy of “details matter” and earning a military commission takes planned intentional work, tremendous self-discipline and a soul depth commitment.
Father’s Day is coming this week. Here are some penetrating suggestions and observations.
1. Presents instead of Presence – we are tempted to give material things instead of giving ourselves and personal involvement. Children spell love and caring T-I-M-E. Nothing takes the place of a father who is involved with their children.
2. Lecturing instead of listening and learning. Children are not employees; you are respected at work due to position but at home respect is earned over time.
3. Demanding perfection above excellence – we tend to set expectation very high with results out of reach. Children want to please their parents.
4. Cultivating the secular over the spiritual – your wife and children long for you to set the spiritual culture of the family. Help your family know you love God and desire to honor Him.
The greatest gifts a father can give to his children are:
Love God and their Mother with all your heart. Father and Mother are on the same team. God Bless You and Your Family.