Principal Presentation Provokes Germantown Parents

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Jan 12
Dr Horrell's presentation

Dr. Ted Horrell, Principal at Germantown High School

Knowing how to get your message across in your presentation has to be a major focus when you present.

And that’s something that the principal of Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee has found out…the hard way.

Parental complaints followed his presentation during a school assembly attended by his students.

The complaints focused on some figures shown in Dr. Ted Horrell’s presentation. The figures purported to show a difference in the educational attainment of students, bracketed by race.

In his defence the Principal explained that the purpose of his presentation was to introduce a new initiative that would provide an extra period of academic support for struggling students. That message was lost by many of the Germantown students. And the gist of his presentation was then lost by their parents.

Fortunately for the Principal he rolled out a damage limitation exercise immediately. Apologies and explanations poured out.

It just goes to show how minded you have to be about your message, the evidence you use and any nuances that might be gleaned.

The Principal will survive. Not everyone took offence–many students were baffled by the fuss. They understood the Principal’s message…achievement is everything.

Yes, Please

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About the Author

The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+