Teaching With Style (in mind)

Overview: Teaching With Style (in mind) is an experiential workshop designed to enhance the quality of the connections educators make with their students, parents, and colleagues. Through engaging group exercises, teachers become more sharply aware of their communication style (Connecting Style), the impact of their style on others, and strategies for connecting across style with those they normally find most challenging.  The workshop also provides educators strategies for keeping their cool when their buttons get pushed.  Teachers will leave with a simple and realistic development plan designed to translate insights into behavior change.

Background and purpose: With ever-increasing demands to deliver more with less and limited control over the “rules of the game”, a teacher’s success falls to whatever influence they can bring to bear through strong personal connections. Whether connecting to students, parents, or colleagues, teachers need to quickly tune in to their audience and determine the best approach to reaching them and cutting through defensiveness. We all know people with whom making a connection seems instantaneous and effortless, while connecting to others seems almost impossible — like you are speaking a different language. And in a sense that’s exactly what’s going on.  People connect in different languages – or styles. Some of us connect more through the language of emotions and others through facts and information. Some of us connect more forcefully and directly, others more quietly and indirectly.

The purpose of this workshop is to help teachers become aware of their “connecting style”, the impact of their style on others, and how to teach, partner, lead and connect “with style” — yours and theirs — in mind.

The Workshop: 2-hour in-service training for educators for up to 35 participants, which, when combined with his book Connect for Success: The Ultimate Guide to Workplace Relationships will provide the following learning objectives:

  1. Communication (connecting) style self-awareness
  2. Ability to assess style in others
  3. Awareness of strengths, weaknesses, misperceptions and hot buttons for each of the four styles
  4. Awareness of pre-existing biases and misperceptions about other styles
  5. Awareness of student styles that are most challenging
  6. Suggestions for teaching across style and outside of comfort zone
  7. Using style awareness to improve collaboration with professional peers
  8. Team building
  9. Have a fun, re-energizing experience