Tell Them and Tell Them Again


Public speaking is hard, but it’s not as hard as parenting. Or rocket science. I mean, I’m not a brain surgeon, but it seems like it’s not rocket science that public speaking isn’t as hard as parenting.

I haven’t done a lot of public speaking, but when I do, I make great success of forgetting most of what I learned in Speech class. But one thing I have not forgotten is this oft-repeated, Speech class standard:

Tell them what you’re going to tell them.
Tell them.
Tell them what you told them.

This is sound, I believe. It’s also a pretty solid parenting advice.

One thing that gives kids freedom is borders. This far, and no further. What that’s about is clarity. And clarity is a gift. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and keeps on needing to be repeated….

(Read the rest at For the Family…)

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