A Human Approach

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Aha Moment Monday

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Reading body language is a science. For example if someone is listening to you with their arms folded, they may be subconsciously protecting themselves or simply resting in a relaxed, self-hug posture.
If you want to discover the rate at which something is travelling, you would multiply the distance by the time (R=DxT). For example, if you’re travelling a distance of 100 kilometers during the time period of one hour, you’re traveling at a rate of 100 km/h.
You lose one pound of body fat by burning 3500 calories. For example if you walked for 30 minutes per day, burning an average of 200 calories per walk, you could release almost 21 pounds in a year.
You can play to win or you can play not to lose. For example, in hockey, when you’re ahead 2:1, you can put your focus on securing a safety goal OR focus on defending your net.

Sounds like I’m jumping around in subject matter but my subject is actually about giving examples.
If I simply gave you the facts about body language, rates, calories or game plans, you may not see the entire value of what I’m presenting. By using an example I’m making my point relevant in real life situations to support both the fact and the learning.

Aha – we learn from the story about the fact.

Facts and data are how computers are programmed but we humans respond to stories.
“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” Albert Einstein

In grade 11 physics class, when the teacher put a number of formulae on the board, I remember thinking, “Man (we said that in those days), how am I going to remember all of these equations?”
But by the teacher citing examples and us working through the examples by plugging in different variables of real life situations, the equations made sense.
Without the examples, I might have simply memorized the equations as opposed to actually learning them.

An audience will usually remember two things from your presentation: statistics and stories.
By presenting fact after fact after fact, you may be delivering amazing content, but without the stories your audience may not grasp the magnitude of the points you’re making.

Make a point, tell a story, make a point, tell a story, make a point, tell a story … rock on!

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