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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Guest Commentary: Teaching Communication

There are many sources for information on communication, careers, getting over your fears, getting your message through, being open to the messages in our lives and world, filtering fact from fiction, understanding the world around you and understanding how to prosper in, be healthy despite, and a contributing part of the world we live in. A large amount of information is out there. From time to time I will share guest commentary, links to other sites and suggestions on places to go to find additional inforamation. 

There is no reason to not do well in any Communication course or project. If you do not understand something there are many places to seek out explanation, information and clarification.

The article below is the first by  Adrienne Carlson, whose contact information and credentials can be found at links below.

Additional Teaching Options in Communication
There’s no doubting the fact that good communication skills are essential for success in any aspect of life; we may be smart and intelligent, but unless we’re able to show people our abilities, they are in vain. Communication is not just limited to the oral version; it can take on many forms from body language to sign language. Some people are able to transcend the limitations imposed by language and communicate effectively using their eyes and hands alone while others struggle when they don’t speak or understand the local lingo. Any way you look at it, being able to communicate effectively and according to the situation is important.
If you’re a good communicator, you would probably do well as an educator in this subject too, and if you’re interested in exploring teaching opportunities, here are a few options you could try:
·      Teaching in schools and colleges: Most schools and colleges have separate courses that teach communication skills. Some combine it with their English lessons, but this is really not the most effective way to teach communication because to be able to communicate well, you need to cross language barriers. Teaching communication skills is all about getting your students to understand the verbal and non verbal aspects of communication, and being able to get their message across without being ambiguous or vague. Good communication teachers are able to work with students individually and help them overcome their weaknesses and play to their strengths. 

·      Instructing at academies: Some people prefer to set up their own communication skills academies and are involved in conducting lectures and workshops across the country. They work with a select set of students for a while before moving on to the next batch. They have standard procedures and routines that they follow and are usually available on a consultancy basis. You could explore this avenue once you have gained a few years of experience teaching communication skills at a school or college.

·      Authoring self-help books: Once you become an expert in this line of work, you could sell your knowledge by writing self-help articles, e-books and books. You could set up your own blog and use your social networks to promote your articles and get more people to read them. Once you gain the reputation of being an expert, it’s easy to promote and sell your books and e-books.
To be a good communications teacher, you must first know how to sell your skills to others.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of accelerated online degree . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: