I've been asked to be a guest speaker over the years at many events and have been the main MC for countless functions. The majority of the time, I've had some kind of platform to stand on, along with a microphone amplifying my voice. These simple things are vital to being heard. They're vital to getting your desired messages across. Different platforms may be needed depending on the size and type of audience you have and different volumes for the same reason. In my role here as your Principal, I'm often left pondering this question... Have I used the right platform and volume for the messages I'm sending? This question can be literal or figurative. For example, "Back to School Night" is a very tangible event for me to reflect on and look at. However, I also use virtual platforms like email, e-calendars, and websites. Even "The Wildcat Scratch" is a platform I regularly use to get messages across. I've found that these are harder to gauge, especially when it comes to clarity and volume...
Find a moment this week to ponder these questions for yourself. Is the platform I'm using allowing me to to be seen and heard? What messages am I sending? Am I providing the right platform and amplifier for my students?