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Your :Stump Speech" - Instructors What Do You Use?

post #1 of 13
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In the "Teaching with Questions" thread, Weems in this post, suggested reading a book by Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations. One of the things that has really hit me in my reading so far is this:

In the book, she says these are the parts of a stump speech:
  • "This is where we are going
  • This is why we are going there
  • This is who is going with us
  • This is how we're going to get there"
and then she adds the following quote:

"Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, "If you want to build a ship, don't gather your people and ask them to provide wood, prepare tools, assign tasks. Call them together and raise in their minds the longing for the endless sea."

Do you use a stump speech to start your classes? What do you do to help instill in your students a "longing for the endless sea?"
post #2 of 13
I like to mangle another quote from the author and deliver it with a scowling expression and accusatory tone: "What do you really know about skiing that you're pretending not to know?" (That's a joke, sir!)

In truth, there's no better "stump speech" than the view riding up the mountain. The rock spires lifting upward are more impressive than those of any cathedral on the planet. And when some intrepid artist has scripted perfect S-curves onto the glistening white canvas of a couloir, well, what more needs to be said?
post #3 of 13
Most of my students are already motivated by the time they've shown up, as evidenced by the fact they have come to a class. Therefore, I would not classify my introduction as a stump speech, so much as an attempt to determine which direction is desired and then define and manage expectations for people who are already committed to the journey. Still, I could do better to incorporate a little stump talking to better convey my love for the sport and raise my student's goals even higher.
post #4 of 13
After 20 years in the military, I gave up the motivational speeches. Most that I heard were overblown and didn't accomplish a thing. I'd rather a quick statement from the heart that fits the moment than a canned speech.
post #5 of 13
Like therusty, I assume that most of my students were motivated enough to pay money for a lesson! So I ask them what motivated them to spend the money for this lesson, they do the stump speech (which generally can be expressed as "I want more control").

Kids are different though, and a pithy stump speech promising Jumping is usually required. Kids are obsessed with jumping, for some reason. And they don't like stump speeches.
post #6 of 13
I start every lesson with a body warm up. This way I can find out pritty quickly who is motivated and who isnt.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
Do you use a stump speech to start your classes? What do you do to help instill in your students a "longing for the endless sea?"
i can tell you what a short, balding, middle aged, greek snowboard instructor at eldora tells his folks.........grab your boards, shut the f_ _ k up, watch, and listen.

now i'm not advocating that sort of approach, however, he is just about booked all winter and there isn't a better snowboarder or snowboard instructor in colorado!
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
he's Greek?
post #9 of 13
greco-american
post #10 of 13

Good to Great

"If you had $200 million in your bank account, what would you change about your life?" Most people answer, "Everything". - Jim Collins

When going up the first chair ride, (while looking up the mountain) I like to ask:

"If I could snap my fingers and have you ski anywhere, and ski anyway you wanted, where would you go and what would you look (VAK) like?"

I like to find out what they perceive their best skiing to be. It is usually quite revealing. We can then create a lesson or multi-lesson plan to go do it.

to your success,
Jon L.

www.mysnowpro.com/jonathanlawson
post #11 of 13
That's the best one I've heard, Jon. Welcome to EpicSki!
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by snowpro View Post
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When going up the first chair ride, (while looking up the mountain) I like to ask:

"If I could snap my fingers and have you ski anywhere, and ski anyway you wanted, where would you go and what would you look (VAK) like?"

I like to find out what they perceive their best skiing to be. It is usually quite revealing. We can then create a lesson or multi-lesson plan to go do it.

to your success,
Jon L.

www.mysnowpro.com/jonathanlawson
I like that one.
post #13 of 13
Me too! I read it last night and tried to reply but the site froze up on me. Nice stuff Jon.
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