Instructors at tae kwon do schools must quickly establish themselves as the unquestioned leaders of the class. Failing to demonstrate this authority could hurt a teacher’s reputation with students and make it difficult to teach effectively. Angie Segal, a business coach business coaching franchise ActionCOACH, told Entrepreneur magazine that nervous laughter may communicate to students that their instructor doesn’t feel confident in his or her ability to teach. She said it is common habit that can happen without even noticing. But it could be damaging to one’s authority.
“If you give a direction, then follow up with a little chuckle, the listener will take what you say frivolously,” Segal told the magazine.
Students taking tae kwon do classes want to know their teachers are serious about teaching the proper skills. Learning how to be firm without being aggressive is a critical skill. Instructors should develop this type of skillset to ensure their students take them seriously.
Finding that happy medium between being authoritative and coming off as angry is often difficult and will require some practice. Teachers don’t want to be thought of that instructor who yells all the time. However, perfecting this method of communication will help students respect their instructor. It will also allow them to feel confident that their teacher will be able to continue to advance in their learning.
Segal noted that instructors may be able to show their authority by using the right tone in their voice. Speaking loudly and clearly throughout the entire class will demonstrates an air of leadership for their students. Learning how to communicate with authority is important in being a better tae kwon do teacher that students will tell their friends about.