Competent Communicator Project 9- Be a Lifelong Learner(Persuade with Power)


For the first twenty years or so of my life, I was told that main “job” is learning. The bulk of my time is spent in classrooms acquiring new knowledge. And then, after I step out of school, I was told that once finished my formal education, that my goal is to find a good job, buy a big apartment and earn more money. Have you ever thought about how odd that idea is? That only a quarter of our lives should be devoted to learning, and that the purpose of learning is just to get a job and make a living?

Actually, after graduation, I found the real world just began. I never stop learning in work. I keep learning about technical staff to perform my job, I keep learning communication skills and presentation skills to make myself be heard. I never stop learning in life either. I continue learning new things about myself, others and the world around me every single day. I used to think I would get wiser and smarter as I got older. But there are always new problems in life that I never thought I would had. And to me, learning is not just to make a living. It brings a lot more than money and job. As I learn new skills, I enjoy the positive feeling that comes with mastery, and I am more satisfied with myself. Learning opens new doors and broaden my horizon. And I also find myself with a renewed sense of purpose in life.

Now you may ask, what should we learn? The answer is you can learn anything. Compare your current skills, knowledge, and experience with your desired level of skills, knowledge, and experience. Identify the gap and draw up a learning plan to meet it. For example, each year I set 2-3 big learning goals. For example, this year my goals are to learn drawing for fun, to learn basic knowledge of law for my career, to learn Japanese for my next trip.

Another question you may have is how to find time to learn. Yeah, you’re busy and your day is already packed with work and family. But here’s the thing: As a lifelong learner, you don’t have a deadline on your education. You don’t need to spend hours a day reading or practicing. Just 30 minutes here and there spread over months and years will do. Listen to an audiobook during your commute instead of sleeping. Read a good book before bed instead of checking Moments on wechat. When make learning a priority, you will end up finding the time for it.

Recently, I heard one sentence that touched me most. It says: ' life is all about telling a good story'. If you want yourself to be more interesting and charismatic. If you want to become the best man you can be. If you want to tell a good story about yourself, make yourself a life long learner!

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Toastmasters Project 9: Persuade with Power

The ability to persuade - to get other people to understand, accept, and act upon your ideas - is a valuable skill. Your listeners will be more likely to be persuaded if they perceive you as credible, if you use logic and emotion in your appeal, if you carefully structure your speech and if you appeal to their interests. Avoid using notes because they may cause listeners to doubt your sincerity, knowledge, and conviction.

? Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.
? Appealing to the audience's interests.
? Use logic and emotion to support your position.
? Avoid using notes.




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