Learning

What I learned was how little I really knew...

William Glasser claims that  we learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience and 95% of what we teach others.If that is true then why is it that I have not met a whole lot of brilliant teachers?  Maybe we were discussing the wrong subjects. I probably learned more about selling my writing those times I taught a course on selling your writing than at any other time of my life.  Same with speaking…when I gave a few seminars on professional speaking I possibly learned more about speaking than most times in my life.  What I learned was how little I really knew about the subject and how much I still had to learn.  Discovering that you do not know something is the first step for being open to new knowledge.

Next time you find the opportunity to put on a program grab the opportunity.  One word of caution though, don’t try to make a group believe that you are an authority on something you do not know. I have often felt as if I were naked in front of an audience and it was a good idea just then to stay behind the lectern.

LearningWilliam Glasser claims that  we learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience and 95% of what we teach others.If that is true then why is it that I have not met a whole lot of brilliant teachers?  Maybe we were discussing the wrong subjects. I probably learned more about selling my writing those times I taught a course on selling your writing than at any other time of my life.  Same with speaking…when I gave a few seminars on professional speaking I possibly learned more about speaking than most times in my life.  What I learned was how little I really knew about the subject and how much I still had to learn.  Discovering that you do not know something is the first step for being open to new knowledge.
Next time you find the opportunity to put on a program grab the opportunity.  One word of caution though, don’t try to make a group believe that you are an authority on something you do not know. I have often felt as if I were naked in front of an audience and it was a good idea just then to stay behind the lectern.

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