The Importance of Developing Critical Thinking Skills
Have you ever been in a meeting, whether for business, community planning or a mastermind group and had someone bore the entire gathering with a mind-dump of what they think they know about a topic?
As a speaker, coach, mentor and trainer, I see this happen more often than not which is why I am now calling for those of you who want to start a business or get involved in your community in a meaningful way to develop your critical thinking skills.
Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned.
Unfortunately the trend in education is to teach children what to think instead of teaching them how to think. In the educational system in this country we are simply subjected to a lot of information in order to pass a test. We memorize what is needed, take the test and we promptly forget what we memorized.
Critical thinking requires utilizing our higher faculties to understand and evaluate subject matter.
It is the ability to think for one’s self and responsibly make those decisions that affect one’s life. Critical thinking also involves critical inquiry; the investigation of problems, asking questions and posing new and challenging answers. And, importantly, the art of critical thinking requires advanced listening skills. Lecturing to others is a passive activity that does not encourage audience participation.
When you develop your critical thinking skills and use them to make presentations and conduct meetings you will be helping others develop critical thinking skills too. And what a great way that is to serve others.