How do Teachers Expose Themselves While Speaking?

Speaking to a class full of students reveals personal and interpersonal leadership skills of the teacher.

There is no hiding from this reality, and there is no substitute for how well teachers speak. The spoken word makes us visible. Speaking reveals our knowledge or lack of it; involves the verbal, vocal, and visual representations of our thinking, feeling, and passions; demonstrates the value we place on the relationships we have with our colleagues and collaborators at work, as well as our audience members; and demonstrates our integrity and character.

If a teacher speaks well, he or she can elicit attention, relay ideas, provide order and direction, solve problems, persuade, and build trust.

The verbal, vocal, and visual elements of speaking are like the three working parts of an executive speech. The choice, sequencing, clarity, and delivery (e.g., concise, short sentences, some repetition) of the words we use represent the verbal element of speaking. The vocal element refers to the vocal variety of the sound of the words we use. Our facial expressions, smile, eye contact, gestures, posture, movement, personal space practices, dress, grooming, and appearance are all visual elements of a speech. When the three aspects of speaking work together, the understanding of the message intended for shared meaning is enhanced as conviction, confidence, and credibility are projected.

The ability to interactively influence people is a basic ingredient of leadership. Presenting yourself in the best possible way in a speech and the importance of presenting for effective and powerful leaders has been discussed and dissected over the centuries. (Examples include: Julius Caesar and his invectives in the Roman Forum; Winston Churchill in his radio addresses keeping faith alive in his beleaguered nation; and John F. Kennedy, whose easy way of connecting with the American public afforded him the opportunity to be the first Catholic president of the United States.)

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One’s entire leadership image can be branded by his or her overall speaking skills. Subsequently, one’s leadership brand can be enhanced or diminished by listening and speaking skills. Leaders are accountable for the interpretations and ramifications of their words and how they are interpreted. This makes the art of communicating even more critical to effective leadership.

The congruence of the verbal, vocal, and visual elements of successful speaking skills for an executive is a key element to communicating comprehensively and is relevant in all types of speaking.