I never begin a blog post without first giving it a title, but I usually change it before I click the “Publish” button. When I was in school, I’d normally use an obscenity as a placeholder on essays until I could come up with something better. It’s amazing that I never once forgot to change the title.
I finally realize why my professors always encouraged class participation and why it was always such a large component of our final grades. When students don’t participate, especially in a discussion-based class, the learning suffers. I try really hard to engage my students, but I can’t force them to be interested.
Writing a block of text is easy, and I can understand why a beginning writer might feel inclined to do so when he/she is composing a rough draft. One sentence follows the next. But even after they had a chance to type and revise a free-writing exercise, a lot of my students and colleagues just don’t include paragraph breaks.
Though it’s often portrayed negatively, charm doesn’t have to be a method of manipulating or deceiving people. I believe that charm can be completely genuine, a tool used for good. I want to be charming to make other people feel comfortable and to shine as my best self. So, how does one forget oneself in order to be more charming?