I hate to use such hoaky headlines, but I do really believe there is an easy way to TEFL success and to be successful no matter where you work around the world.
Hold on to your hat . . . it is not a trick teaching methodology or anything like that – it is simply two things that come out of one thing. Here it is:
If you want to head overseas and if you want to do it right and live the rest of your life successfully, put on the RIGHT hat before you go.
Put on the right attitude. Two things I would like you to put in your head and to focus on are:
1. Things are going to work out great for me, and
2. I want to do whatever is best for my students.
If you focus on those two ideas, I promise they will make your time abroad at least 500% better than any other approach you might take.
What is amazingly simple is that those two ideas in how you deal with teachers, parents, students, recruiters and anyone else will be clearly obvious to them. So obvious that it will be soothingly peaceful for them to deal with you. And that will make you a success. People will trust you, will want to help you help your students, will want to help you make things successful.
Here’s how it works . . .
As a bit of a part-time hobby, I recruit and place people in colleges and universities in China and I deal with a lot of people. Many are literally looking for a scam. They often believe anything/everything to do with life abroad/the Internet/Anything is scam and that people are trying to cheat them. Really – if that is your focus on life, you really will find those things. If you focus instead on how well it is going to work out, you will find that instead.
As a simple example, I have sometimes worked with people who are sure that a comma out of place in a contract is a blatant sign of dishonesty on the part of their potential employer. If you are an employer and the first contacts with a potential new employee are his/her accusations of dishonesty, is that someone you want to hire and spend the next year working with? Probably not. What could have been a wonderful contact is spoiled right from the beginning.
If your attitude is as suggested and something seems out of place, a simple question can solve the same problem, but likely with a much more positive result. If people sense that you are tuned in to a good happy life and to doing a good job teaching – and they WILL sense that – they will help you achieve those things.
TED’s Tips™ #1: I am not a naive New Ager . . . I am a 59 year old, sometimes cynical/skeptical guy who has seen a lot of BS in my time, but I have also noticed that a simple positive attitude in MY life – has made all the difference in the world. Try it – I think it will work for you too.
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