Claudio Cesar Aguirre is seen here in front of the Chicken Coop that with the help of Honduras Outreach created. He is president of their communities economic development. He is thrilled because now that they have an egg farm they can now think of adding a bakery. [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 160, 1/100, ƒ/8, (35mm = 14)]
Show & Tell
Show and tell (or show and share) is usually the first opportunity young children have to stand up in front of a small group and speak. The opportunity to do a show and tell might come up in kindergarten, or once they start primary school. It is a wonderful introduction to public speaking as children are often given the option of speaking about a topic they know well and are interested in. Speaking about something you love always makes you love it even more!
Show and tell is used to develop storytelling ability, bridge school and home, forge connections and bonds between students, help teachers to gain a better understanding of their students, and enhance student’s communication skills, including around feelings.
Having your prized possessions as the talking point will emphasize your confidence and, it is always helpful to talk about something that you are passionate about!
In Business You Better Be Passionate
Perhaps you’ve heard of a famous book by author Robert Fulghum? It’s called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It revolves around a simple yet powerful philosophy that the most basic lessons we learn as children can still be applied to many aspects of our adult lives.
Show & Tell is a cornerstone of all business. In kindergarten you talked about your favorite item and what it meant to you.
In business you talk about your product and what it can do for your audience.
Beyond getting up and presenting with your product, this same technique is used to teach. The Suzuki method In the beginning, learning music by ear is emphasized over reading written musical notation. Teachers play and have the students follow. Showing with music also involves hearing.
Show & Tell Also Great For Teaching
As you bring on people into your company you need to educate them on your products, procedures and more.
I took a variety of education courses for my masters degree. I learned during this time why often I was struggling in some subjects. Teachers I had and even my children later on didn’t understand the stages of learning.
A teacher must teach each step and if they miss a step, the student often fails. A great example of this was recent for me. My daughter was really upset when her supervisor was saying she hadn’t cleaned the bathrooms properly. She is starting at entry level position in a theater, where you get stuck with janitorial duties.
My daughter started to take photos to show she had done the work. Well, the problem wasn’t that she wasn’t cleaning, but the theater had a very specific way they cleaned the bathrooms. The supervisor was grading my daughter on her evaluation level of execution. See the stages above.
The supervisor never told or taught my daughter how to clean the bathrooms, but was expecting her to just do it.
There are at least two times in training that Show & Tell is used. First a trainer show the employee how to do something. Then, the student shows the trainer what they learned by demonstrating back to the trainer.
Great training not just shows, but tells why each thing is done. When the employee shows what they learned, they should also be telling the trainer why we do it as well.
This coffee farmer in Salvador Urbina, Chiapas, Mexico is showing a tour group from the US a coffee plant and how they grow coffee. Show & Tell, but with a big “Why”.
He is part of a Coffee Farmers Cooperative they formed that helped him from getting only about $30 a bag of coffee to $110 a bag. At $30 they were losing money. His son went to Atlanta, GA to work on golf courses to send money back home for them to just eat and survive. Today this coffee grower was thrilled that now his family is back together again. All because they formed a cooperative. They now roast their own coffee with the others in the cooperative and sell directly to the customer.
Just like Kindergarten, Show & Tell is about sharing what is important to you. It is your passion. To me this photo of the grandfather showing the coffee plant and how they grow it and ending his presentation about how those on the tour are helping his family stay together and thrive in Mexico.
Storytelling is backed up by science
There is a scientific explanation for our love of stories: when we hear a story that resonates with us, our levels of a hormone called oxytocin increase. Oxytocin is a “feel good” hormone.
When we hear facts, it activates the data processing centers in our brains, but when we hear stories, it activates the sensory centers in our brains.
Neuroscientists found that when listening to a well-told story, the exact same areas of the brain light up on an MRI in both the storyteller and listener. Your brain, as the listener, mirrors the brain of the storyteller.
In other words, when you hear a well-told story, your brain reacts as if you are experiencing it yourself.
Give me a call and I can help you tell your story. I will help you with the Show & Tell for your business.