Thursday, 26 May 2011

NLP with JCI

Tonight Lorraine Warne came to talk to us about Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP).

Every day we interact with people through our daily lives. A lot of our communication is unconscious. The words we speak are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know that only 7% of our communication is through words? The skills used in NLP help us to access the rest of the communication iceberg.

Some of these skills include mirroring and matching so we did a few exercises where we mirrored and matched, or didn't mirror or match, someone else in our group. It was funny trying to disagree with our partner while matching their body language. It was also difficult trying to agree with our partner while not matching their body language. It made me realise these would be quite good skills to use in negotiations. They might help you:

At work to -
  • smooth workplace politics
  • reduce levels of conflict in the office
  • improve communication with patients, clients or customers
  • increase sales
  • help you be a better teacher

Personally to -
  • help improve your family relationships
  • help you overcome fears
  • help you achieve your goals
  • build your confidence

A two hour surface was enough only to let our group scratch the surface of NLP but it was a toe worth dipping!

JCI London

Monday, 23 May 2011

Some Time on My Own

All is quiet. My son and husband have gone to bed - in a tent outside no less. I finally have the chance to sit down and reflect.

The day has been busy, weekend tasks were disrupted and I have managed to achieve many of these during the evening. Recently I have been too exhausted to make use of evenings in this way so I am pleased with tonight's gains.

I am enthusiastic. I am trying to slow down ready for a good night's sleep. And I think I will achieve that. But I have a lot of energy. Today I have tried to focus on my son's chores too. It is important that he learns to be independent to an age appropriate level. We concentrated on reading and his cleaning hamster cage. It is challenging for me to do these important tasks when I have so much on my own agenda.

Emotionally I am much lighter than I have been for several months. The weather is good. Things I turn to seem easier. My list is easier to tick. Positives are easier to see.

Now I am feeling like I can at least see the top of the world I need to maintain myself. I need to find a balance between achieving as much as possible and looking after myself.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Final Day as a Student

Today is my final day as a student. Feels a bit weird. I have been a student almost all of my adult working life, bar a couple of months here and there.

This afternoon was the final part of my two CPAD modules which I took in order to undertake my current role as a practice teacher. My student was very kind and joined me so that I could be observed teaching her. I managed to find a gap in her knowledge so that she would find it beneficial to attend the session. The topic was eyes. We discussed the anatomy and physiology of the eye, common eye conditions in children, looked at the difference between screening and surveillance eye tests, the advantages and disadvantages of Snellen and LogMAR, referrals and recording, practise with the LogMAR book. And then the 45 minutes was up and it was time to critique my performance.

Overall not so bad: got the facts across and used a range of diagrams and practical equipment to help show what I was talking about. I incorporated the student's learning needs by questioning what she already knew and building upon that. It was a great help that she and I already have such a good relationship. But I could have used more styles of teaching and maybe have set a quiz to find out more about the student's knowledge.

So now I am no longer a student. But that is not the end of the story - mark my words I will be back!

Big day tomorrow
Next step on the educational ladder
Three weeks in
My First Blogged Essay
My Second Blogged Essay
My Third Blogged Essay