I spoke to SQH candidates on Friday afternoon. The theme was Leading and Managing Learning and Teaching.
I’ve been leading this particular theme for the last three years and the feedback has always been very generous. Some recurring comments are that people often describe my session as “inspirational” and “entertaining”. I know I should be very flattered by such praise but I can’t help thinking back to something that John Connell told me recently about one of Billy Connelly’s concerts.
Billy Connelly was telling the audience – in his own inimitable fashion – that they would leave the theatre that night and go home. The next day someone would ask them if they had enjoyed the night – to which they would reply that they hade been laughing continuously for 2 hours. The questioner would then ask them what Billy had been saying – to which they replied that they couldn’t remember. In other words they had enjoyed the experience but it hadn’t left anything behind.
I sometimes worry that my presentation style, enthusiasm and passion for my work actually combine to interfere and compromise my central message of the necessity for cultural change.
Perhaps we only really take information seriously when it is delivered in a “serious” manner?