to be Great"
| I don't
know if you remember me from marketing and business management
at St. E's, but I just wanted to drop you a line to thank
you for all the positive reinforcment you gave and continue
to give to all of your students.
Thanks to you and your
encouragement to "dare to be great" my friend
and I had the courage to buy a franchise - we are daring
to be great and determined to succeed. So many of your
words echoed in the back of my mind through the ups and
downs of the process -especially- "it's simple - but
it's not easy". Thank you again for teaching more
than just what's in the text books!
to you .. my
friend and I had the courage to buy a franchise...
|I am a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University who took Professor (Gerald Tchir's) Public Speaking class at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I am writing
this letter of recommendation to anyone considering Professor Tchir's
services for their organization. 1n addition to my ringing endorsement
for his teaching, I would like to describe my fulfilling experience
in the class, as well as impart how greatly the class improved
my oration skills.
From the outset of the course, Professor Tchir established a classroom
environment that was both dynamic and enjoyable. Participation
and interaction were strongly encouraged. Sessions consisted of
informative lectures and practical exercises. Although it was a
challenging regimen, its constructive spirit made students unafraid
of making mistakes. The innovative grading policy was both explicit
and fair. With every week, students showed visible progress. By
the end of the semester, they had all become skillful public speakers.
the instructors I have had, Professor Tchir ranks among
I enrolled in the class as a thoughtful person who could not express
myself effectively in front of audiences. I would get very nervous,
so my delivery was rendered uneven and unclear. Session after session,
the class pushed me to improve. In a matter of weeks, I began seeing
results. By the end of the semester, my nervousness was under control.
I found myself speaking to the audience with confidence and enthusiasm.
Of the instructors I have had, Professor Tchir ranks among the
best. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking to improve
class. He (Gerry Tchir) is the best instructor that I have
Group, Florham Park, New Jersey
Tchir is awesome! Outstanding class. One of the best teachers
I've had at FDU."
class, Time Management, was the best class I have ever taken
within AT&T. Gerry Tchir was the finest lecturer I
have ever had the honor to listen to."
|The following testimonials come from 5th and 6th grade
people are making new year's resolutions are not S.M.A.R.T., specific,
measurable, achievable, realistic, and timing. My resolutions are
to handle money with responsibility, read more, and get more exercise.
Thanks to Gerry Tchir this year's resolutions are going to be easy
The first goal is to handle money with responsibility. The resolution
pertains to my family especially because I ask for too much money.
I think if I don't ask for as much money as I do I would get out
of jail and other words home!!! With the money I get I think I
to Gerry Tchir this year's resolutions are going to be
easy to accomplish...
My second resolution is to read more books. This resolution pertains
to my mom because she ponders I watched too much television. I
have many books that I say I'm going to read by never get around
to actually reading them. This year going to read 12 books by December
31st 2003. I will start with the trilogy of Lord of the rains and
My last but certainly not least goal is exercise. This resolution
pertains to me. I exercised a lot when I was little and as I got
older I didn't have time to even consider it. I think if I devote
one hour everyday to exercising the rude remarks and comments will
stop coming my way. Now I think if I just take my time and work
at an old too much better.
Many people make resolutions that can't be done but this year
I'm going to be S.M.A.R.T., specific, measurable, achievable, realistic,
and timing. My goals are to handle money with responsibility, read
more books, and most personal goal is to exercise often. Thanks
to Gerry Tchir my resolutions are S.M.A.R.T.! What are your resolutions
This paper is based on my goals. You may say, how
boring, or maybe you will see that my paper is very interesting.
You may be say that I'm headed in the right direction. But I will
say I want to be more successful than the average American. I just
want to get into a good university. My three goals are to get into
algebra next year, be an honor humanities, an increase my skills
and basketball. I will achieve these goals with time a hard-working
These goals are S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. stands for specific,
measurable, achievable, realistic and timing. I got
the idea from Gerry Tchir.
My classroom teacher let us talk to him on a speakerphone. He
said to be successful in life you have to start now. You have to
goals for your life and try to achieve them. He said every year
you need to make your goals higher for yourself. That is why
I am making myself goals. I want to be headed in the right direction.
stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic
I'm doing my best to get into algebra next year. I have been studying
my hardest lately. I am studying will my multiples up to 15. I
am also reviewing my math skills. I don't want to have any trouble
with any of the algebra problems. I will have other things to worry
about, like finding unknown numbers. I also have to worry about
other classes like humanities.
My second goal is to get into honor humanities. The humanities
are language arts and social studies together I have gotten average
scores on my recent projects. I need to get better scores to be
in any honor class. I am planning to have a good colonial costume
for colonial day. At my school we are studying about colonial times.
I also am reading more advanced and complex books to improve my
vocabulary. I believe I can make it so I will.
My third goal is to increase my skills in basketball. I'm going
to a club at which they teach you how to do skills that the professionals
use. I am on a team and we have only lost once. We lost because
a few people were being slackers and also being lazy. I'm achieving
my basketball goal all the time. I always go to practice and never
miss a game. This is actually my hardest goal yet.
You have now read my goals. Now think about it, the think you
can be an achiever like I am trying to be. If you want to be somebody
in life you have to work hard and the patient. You also have to
be in a positive environment. So to become successful you have
to start now. Remember the S.M.A.R.T..
What are your goals for 2003? Personally, I think
your goals are important for self-esteem and following through.
Unfortunately, only 20 percent of people follow through on their
goals. I hope to become a better person by following through, personally.
My goals are to read at least 50 books by December 31st 2003, be
more patient with my mom, taking over our self-defense classes
of my friends, manage my money wisely, and be more political in
the future year.
My first resolution is to read at least 50 books by December 31st
2003. I would like to achieve this because it will expand my vocabulary,
spelling, and writing. Another reason I would like to read more
is because it takes me to a different, happy world anytime. The
last reason is because I would like to make a goal for my hobby.
This is one of my top priorities for this year.
My second goal is to be more patient with my mom. We get along
usually, but sometimes we just hit it off. I hate the fights, and
we get all emotional afterwards. I want to control my temper with
my mom, because I don't want to have any more fights. I guess it
is because we are just so like.
I would also like to take a deal to our self-defense class with
my friends. With all the kidnapping and scary things happening
in this country, I want to feel more secure. As for younger, I
would like to take it because everyone who does it loves it. It
would like to encounter that feeling too. With my friend I could
enjoy these activities even more!
My last (but not least) goal is to become more political in this
future year. To be more political I could volunteer for the Democratic
Party (of course!) I could also be more updated on the news. I
hope to achieve this goal in no time because politics come so naturally
to me. I love politics!
My goals are very important to me. I think that every American
should make goals and keep them throughout the year. But them in
a place you look at every day, and you will achieve them. Remember...be
2003 will be a year that I will accomplish all my
goals. My goals are accomplishing all the work habits, being tidy
and organized, getting better at all the subjects, and not doing
things that I know are longer dangerous. I want to get better at
this and accomplish this because last year I didn't accomplish
any of this. I just hope I will be able to achieve all of this
by the end of 2003.
As you know one of my goals is to accomplish all the work habits.
It would be great if I did this every day class. Do you think so?
The only thing I have to work is participating class. I do really
well in completing assignments and staying on task.
My second goal for 2003 is to be tidy and organized. My desk at
home is very messy. Papers from school are only scattered on my
desk. Books and pencils are always lying on the ground waiting
for me to pick them up. By preventing this to happen in 2003 goal
for only the paper that I don't need anymore. I will also not be
lazy and just throw my books and pencils on the ground. I will
also be organizing in class by using the Panther planner more often.
My third goals for this 2003 is improving in the entire subjects
and make the projects easier for me. By improving in the entire
subjects I will have to study harder and listen in class carefully
I always had a hard time on the reports, projects, or assignments.
I always had a hard time on them because I waited the last minute
to do it. So when ever I get a project, report, or an assignment
in the will write then. When I finish an earlier I get more time
My fourth goal for 2003 is not to do things that I know is long
and dangerous and listen to my parents and do as they say. I know
that if I watched TV too much I could get glass so I only watched
TV after I finish my homework. I will listen to my parents and
do as they say because one of my brother when I came when my mom
said not to go. When he came back his knees was bleeding. I will
listen to my parents because they know better than me.
I hope I can achieve all of this in 2003. They are accomplishing
all of the work habits, being tidy and organized, and get better
at all the subjects, and not to do things that I know is long and
dangerous and listen to my parents and do as they say. All of this
is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timing. My goals
are S.M.A.R.T.. I hope you make your S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2003.
Teachers, parents and graduating class today we
are embarking on a journey to adulthood, but this is just the very
beginning. My years here at University Park have taught me many
In fifth and sixth grade I had Mrs. Tchir as my teacher. One thing
she taught me was school isn't just academics. I didn't understand
that until I really thought about it. In the upper core you learn
social skills and have a deal of life. In the fifth grade we did
something called life skills. Every week we had a new like skill
and it gave a topic and then steps to work it out or solve it.
Ttwo life skills that stuck out in my head were dealing with your
feelings and dealing with other's feelings. Each card had four
steps on them. After reading them you know what to say that won't
offend someone or her them. Now I know that it just isn't those
steps on the card, it is what you can add to the card during life
that matters the most.
I have been here for six years. In first grade I went to a school
in Garden Grove. It was a very nice school, but it was only the
first week there that made me think of my friends from kindergarten
because I went there. U.P. offers a great education. I learned
that after experiencing a lower level that I was at the other school.
The teachers here all helped me to understand not just academics,
but their experiences growing up and things I was going to go through
The one person who taught me perseverance was Mrs. Charlotte Hollis.
She was my fourth grade teacher. As many of the know she unexpectedly
passed away a couple months ago. Well on the first day of school
in fourth grade she taught our class the work perseverance. Perseverance
means never give up. Now that I have made it is far I know I persevered.
Now, whenever I think of giving up 0 think of her in the work perseverance.
I read the book there to be great by Mr. Gerald Tchir. After meeting
him, and he taught me goals in the most important thing in life,
short and long-term goals. Also, in his lecture he taught me P.
M. A. (personal mental attitude), toward
things that you are excellent
in and things that you are not very good in. One of his most famous
quotes, to me, is, "failing to prepare is preparing for failure ".
As I leave you with this quote I wish you all good luck.
to prepare is preparing for failure...
What I got from this course:
*Being able to confidently and comfortably stand in
front of an audience and give an effective
speech/presentation without drowning in my sweat!
*Controlling my anxiety prior to and during a
*Becoming a better team player.
*Better time management.
*How to effectively write a resume and how to
effectively perform in a job interview.
*"Dare to be Great", the professor's book, was
awesome. I benefited a lot from it. As a result I am :
- more optimistic
- less stressed
- more motivated
- more focused.
Now I move on to Professor Tchir himself. That guy is
awesome! I have already recommended him to all other
classmates who have yet to take this course in the
|... Professor Tchir is not only a mentor and professor to me, he is also my friend...
I want them to experience what I
experienced in his class. He is extremely supportive
and understanding. I love his style of teaching. He
makes you want to come to class. He never be-Little's
you and even when people don't perform that well, he
would still encourage them and boost their
self-confidence. As a result, there was a dramatic
improvement in all our class presentations as we
progressed throughout the semester.
Most importantly professor Tchir is ideal for a grad
school setting because, unlike some other grad
instructors, he has treated us as adults right from
the start. He was clear about the objectives of the
course from day one but was never rigid. Professor
Tchir is not only a mentor and professor to me, he is
also my friend. I am proud to know him and have him as
Thank you professor Tchir for your professionalism and