I went to a presentation skills workshop offered here at the university the other day and one piece of advice the presenter mentioned really stuck with me. She was explaining that everyone is either an Eeyore or a Tigger, Eeyore being the lazy and negative one, and Tigger being the upbeat and positive one. She states that when you are presenting, you should channel your inner Tigger to captivate and deliver a fantastic presentation. I believe that Tigger is in all of us and we should work to bring that side out a little more often. Maybe not to the extreme of the highly excitable nature of this Winnie the Pooh character, but everyone’s interpretation of their personal Tigger will be different.
When I become a teacher one day, channeling this side of myself will prove to be very important on a daily basis. If I want my students to be excited about a lesson, I need to reflect my optimism about it first. My attitude and outlook need to be positive in order to create a great environment for my students. If my attitude is negative, students won’t be motivated to learn and they will not have the best view of me as a person. This bad image will make a person unapproachable and uncomfortable to converse with.
I absolutely loved the message my presenter sent because I can apply this to my future teaching and my daily life! Imagine how wonderful and happy this world would be if we just thought positively and optimistically! To be honest, I’m the happiest when I act like my usual, over-excitable self! I also need to surround myself around positive energies. Lucky for me, my two roommates are perky and positive, which keeps me going everyday! So take the challenge! Be a Tigger, not an Eeyore!