Clickable Colleagues Ari Gratch

Clickable Colleagues Ari Gratch

1 Minute of Mindfulness Yields Persuasive Results

In teaching public speaking, Ari recognizes his role in building a skill that realistically terrifies most people. Rather than attempting to allay the fear factor of giving a speech, Ari implemented a simple mindfulness trick to strengthen the student's ability to work through the emotion.

When giving a practice speech in his course, students were asked to pause periodically mid-speech and say nothing for a matter of (uncomfortable) moments. In those moments, the silence created a sort of speed bump to self-awareness in the process of giving the speech, rather than in getting the speech over with.

Over 90% of the students surveyed (65 responding) found the technique - while not particularly comfortable - useful.

What role can mindfulness have in your instruction?

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