The final days of January 2012 approach. Those resolutions made with such heartfelt intentions, somehow, seem so long ago. But, in truth, they were uttered just a few short weeks ago. How are the resolutions going at this point? Do you even remember what you vowed?!? I present to you all my resolution: improved verbal communication tactics. Eight months ago, I joined a local Toastmasters club (“www.adptoastmasterselpaso.com”) on a dare. Promised my interpersonal communications skills would find improvement and enhancement, I could not resist the challenge. First, I learned how my disability retirement from the government profoundly undermined my confidence and stunted my speaking abilities. Addressing that, I have reclaimed my groove. Second, not with any overnight success, I see those positive results of effective verbal communication on a one-on-one basis. I, therefore, challenge each and every one of you who are firearms instructors for your agencies, coaches or a contientious shooter working with a new marksman to consider your level of verbal communications skills. Do you voice your own skills to inspire, or do you inspire the shooter to hone his or her own skills? Do you instruct to the group’s level, or can you note a glazed over look to their expression indicating you lost their attention? Are your shooters “yes-ing” you to death (a good indication they tuned you out awhile back) or are they responding with appropriate questions and comments ensuring they connect with your lesson? When we instruct succinctly, our students can, with equal eloquence, repeat the lesson. Check yourselves, resolve to communicate effectively. The results are revitalizing!
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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