ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are You Teaching Your Child Right? Showing Vs. Telling

Updated on January 31, 2018

Suppose you are in a big convenience store and you can’t find an item. You find an attendant and ask him for the location of that item. He politely directs you, ‘Third rack and second shelf to the extreme left, sir.’ Upon reaching the directed location you are still unable to find what you are looking for. This time you find another attendant and ask him about the item. He takes you to the shelf, points at the object, you pick the object up, take it to the cash counter, pay for it and you go home happy.

Next time whenever you can’t find an object which attendant would you be looking for? Definitely, the second one. This, my friends, is the difference between showing and telling. The first one only told you where the object was kept whereas the second one showed you the object. Everyone seeks for the people who show instead of those who just tell. The ability to show how things are done is what differentiates a great leader from just a team manager who can only tell how things are done.

Actions always speak louder than words. So if you are able to back up what you say with what you can actually do, people will follow you. It does not matter if you are leading a team or teaching a class, if you are giving an interview or training a team of managers, by showing how things are done, you will always accomplish your objective instead of just telling how things are done. One of my clients, a senior professor in an engineering college once came to me with a rather peculiar problem. He was upset because he wanted to inculcate a new habit in his students but every time he tried, he failed.

Which technique is used more according to you?

See results

He wanted them to read more books, other than those belonging to the prescribed syllabus. I suggested him that when he reached home that night, he should take a piece of paper and start to write down as many ideas as possible, no matter how far-fetched they were and come to me with that piece of paper the next day. Next morning after the training session was over he approached me on the podium and showed his inability to come up with an innovative solution.

No problem, at least he tried. So I sat him down on one of the chairs that were now empty as the group I was training had left and asked him a simple question, ‘When you go for random and unplanned shopping spree, what is the biggest factor or the first determinant that makes you pull your hand out of your pocket and pick the item off the shelf?’ The answer was simple and we both knew it, ‘The looks of the object, of course,’ he replied. Of course, he was right. That became the basis of the solution.

I advised him that next time when he entered the class he should have a book in his hand, with a beautiful yet unique cover. It should be big and should intentionally be shown off to the students but in a nonchalant manner. He should himself read the book before talking it to the class, though.

First day when he displayed the book by carrying it to the class, he could just attract a weak murmur but nothing else. But the second day marked a breakthrough. A group of four students came up to him and asked him what the book with the attractive cover was about.

They received a simple reply from the professor, ‘Why don’t you take a look yourself?’ the students were unable to contain their enthusiasm and they pounced upon the book. That day I received a call from the happy professor saying, ‘The power of showing will always supersede the power of telling.’

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Gaurav Oberoi profile imageAUTHOR

      gaurav oberoi 

      19 months ago

      Hello Mary Wickison. Thank you for the appreciation and it is good to know that you have led as a trainer. I am a soft-skills trainer myself and I train teachers in that area. You are very right in saying that showing builds a rapport with the other person. When people are shown something instead of telling them, they can conveniently follow.

    • Blond Logic profile image

      Mary Wickison 

      20 months ago from Brazil

      I always think showing is much more effective than telling. I liked your example about the grocery store because I used to train 300+ people in grocery stores in the UK. They were always told to take people to the product, partly as a courtesy but also so they find what they are looking for easily.

      Showing also builds a rapport with the other person, and it is through open connections when people are receptive to learning.

    • Gaurav Oberoi profile imageAUTHOR

      gaurav oberoi 

      20 months ago

      Thank you. This hub is for adults to revise their teaching process and reinvent it. I am a soft skills trainer by profession. In the training sessions for teachers, we analyse their teaching process and re-craft it so as to put more emphasis on showing instead of telling.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting and enjoyable read for adults. For children not so much. Language skills are far more important than finding an object.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)