This month’s STORM character theme is communication.
Great teams succeed because of their ability to communicate.
Communication is the flow of information from one person to another. In the Martial Arts school communicating with the head instructor provides you with the same skills you’ll need as an adult communicating with your boss. As a STORM team member, the more you practice communicating, the more skills you’ll have when you enter the workforce.
Let’s take a look at some communication tips:
- Calling in if you are not going to be at the school is the same as calling in at work.
- At work, if you don’t call in chances are you’ll get reprimanded or even fired.
- Here’s a few tips on calling in:
- Don’t expect your parents to call in for you – it’s part of your training to learn how to do things on your own.
- Don’t wait until after you were expected to be there to call in –calling in before you were expected shows great leadership.
- Make sure you have a good excuse – saying that you are not coming in because you forgot is not showing leadership at all.
- Ask for help the right way. If you have a question or need help, remember not to interrupt the person you are talking to. For example:
- If you are at home you shouldn’t interrupt your parents or siblings when they are on the phone. Patiently wait until they are finished or pass them a note. You should interrupt someone who is on the phone only in an emergency.
- If you have a question for your teacher, raise your hand – but remember that your teacher may need to finish the topic before he or she can get to you, so it is polite to put your hand down until it is time for questions.
- If you have a question for your instructor, wait for them to finish talking. Whether the instructor is on the phone, talking with a parent, or working with a student make sure you show respect and patiently wait. If it is something that you’ll need an answer to during class, it is ok for you to say what your question is about. For example: “I have a question about Will’s skill stripe when you have a second.”
- Don’t be afraid to ask in the first place. Being a leader is also about being a great student. Leaders seek ways to learn new things and improve their knowledge and/ or abilities on the things they already know.
- In fact, the more you know, the more you can share with others. For example:
If you are unsure about a testing requirement, ask a team member or instructor. How can you teach a student if you don’t know what to teach them?
- At home, if you do not know how to wash your clothes then ask your parents. Leaders do not have to depend on others to do things they are capable of doing themselves.
- At school, if you are unsure about a homework assignment, then speak up to your teacher. Don’t wait until you get home and then try and call a friend. What if they don’t know either?
Communication activity – Share with the rest of the group one way you are going to increase your communicating abilities.
The best leaders today have become great leaders because they practiced. Communicating is one way that you can practice being a better leader. In fact, you’ll not only become a better leader for your siblings and peers, you’ll also show your family that you are maturing and becoming a more independent person.
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense.
Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for four consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars.