Thursday, August 30, 2007

Getting a SLANT on Doing Better

A while back, the University of Kansas created a "Starter Strategy" to help students learn how to engage more thoroughly in their classes, called SLANT.
  • S - Sit in the front of the room
  • L - Lean forward
  • A - Ask questions
  • N - Nod your head
  • T - Talk about the material

As with SMART goals, there are several variations as to what the letters in the SLANT mnemonic actually stand for, and I've used the ones that resonate best for me. Regardless, the idea behind SLANT is that if you do the five things more consistently, you can't help but do consistently better in class.

But not only does practicing SLANT make the student a better learner, it also makes the teacher a better teacher! Why? Because when students sit toward the front of the room, lean forward, ask questions, nod their heads, and talk about the materials they're learning even after class has officially ended, well, how can a teacher not be jazzed be by that?!

Given such a receptive audience, who wouldn't want to prepare more thoroughly so they could ineract that much more engagingly and communicate that much more persuasively?!

Now, let's consider how this might apply in a business setting. Ever been in a really boring meeting?! No?! Oh, well then never mind!

The point is that you might just be able to help your boss, and coworkers, for that matter, become more engaging ... and compelling - and end up doing a better job with that yourself - by regularly practicing SLANT.

Try it for a week or so and see for yourself.



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