|I love to interact with students. I always encourage them to articulate their thoughts freely.|
In fact, the better one is able to communicate his ideas to a target audience, the more successful he is likely to become.
Engaging young people in intellectual discourse should be an essential part of tertiary education. Students must be pushed beyond their routine conversational frameworks and be encouraged to present ideas which are creative, analytical and strategic. This exercise develops their mental capacity and turns them into serious thinkers.
A thinking person who is able to articulate himself is one who is more likely to be functional in the many different situations which he will unavoidably find himself in as he progresses through his career.
And in order to encourage young people to speak their minds, it is imperative that we give them our undivided attention when they do speak, pay them the due respect that they deserve and take their ideas seriously.
Yes, we can!
Eric Chong is the Managing Director of Erican College, an institute of higher education which unleashes the full potential of young people and molds them into leaders of the design and business fields. He is also the President of Branding Association of Malaysia.