Tag Archives: College Students

When Less is More

15 Feb

As you know, my daily experiences prompt the majority of my posts.  Tonight, I attended a tw0-hour informative event at my local library.  I attended because I wanted to know more about the subject and had looked forward to learning valuable strategies I could apply to my practice.

The speaker came prepared with a PowerPoint presentation. Both professional and knowledgeable, he held my attention–that is–for the first forty-five minutes.  Then he became repetitive, redundant, and went off on tangents.  I began to get bored.

Just before a brief break, he proceeded to define terminology he assured the audience we needed to know.  As the PowerPoint pages grew longer and more complicated, he lost me.  Had I enrolled in a college course, no doubt I would have needed to know and understand the field-specific vocabulary.  However, as a lay person hoping to gather practical advice, as he went on, and on, and on, all I wanted was out!  Less information would have been much more effective. 

So, when you speak or write, remember to assess your audience.  Determine how much detail they need to know.  Decide which facts stand out as most important; then highlight them. Stick to your topic. Strive for clarity, and re-emphasize only the most salient facts. As you conclude, perhaps your audience will think of new questions they want answered; perhaps they will leave your presentation or writing with a sense of closure and appreciation of a job well done.  But for heaven’s sake, whatever you do, do not let them leave glad their experience has finally ended.

I hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

JS 🙂

www.joycesinger.com

Mind your manners!

9 Feb

Remember your parents’ warnings?  You paid attention, didn’t you?

Here’s my advice for today: Mind your fingers! With texting and e-mails  flying in cyberspace,  it’s far  too easy to slip into text-spelling mode when sending important messages.

AND, check your message one last time before you hit Send.  The auto-correct feature may do just the opposite.  It JUST happened to me!!!!!!  For real!  I typed “feature” earlier in this paragraph and it auto-corrected to “feather tire,” which makes absolutely NO sense unless, of course, you’re a bird flying a bi-plane!

Ciao for now–

JS 🙂

http://www.joycesinger.com

Tips for Today!

31 Jan

Today, I edited the work of a brilliant, highly accomplished female executive.  Here’s the tip I shared with her:  The point of your sentence should come last for emphasis.  In  following this advice and reworking her sentences, the revisions resulted in an astounding difference in her writing!

Also, once again I am reminded of the importance of knowing one’s purpose, understanding the audience, and searching for precise words to drive home a message.

JS 🙂

Be Smarter!

7 Sep

The smartest people are not the ones who know all the answers;

THEY ARE THE ONES WHO KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK!

Never leave class with your questions unanswered!    

“WHY?” is a good way to start!

JS 🙂                                                                  

The BEST Way to Learn!

5 Sep

Talk! 

Talk in class. 

Talk to your classmates. 

Form a study group with others to whom you connect.  When it comes time to write a paper or study for an exam, talk it through.  We learn best when we engage in dialogue with other people.

Become a “Semi-Expert”!

2 Sep

A good way to impress your professors and teachers is to be  up-to-date about a current topic of interest. Whether it’s . . .

  • Hurricane Irene and its Aftermath;
  • The “Arab Spring”‘;
  • President Obama’s Decision to Postpone his Televised Speech to Congress;
  • FEMA’s Response to Natural Disasters;
  • The Controversy Surrounding Mayor Bloomberg’s Decision to Ban the Clergy from 9/11 Commemorations at Ground Zero; 
  • The Four-day School-week Initiative in Oregon;
  • The Economy,
  • or whatever else interests you . . . 

no doubt, you will win the respect of others!   Don’t be too pedantic though, or you won’t have any friends!   Just a friendly tip from . . .

JS 🙂