Professors are not just teachers. They are also presenters, and while they don’t always lecture, they are always disseminators of information and insights. And who better and more unlikely to learn from about this than Frank Sinatra. Yes, Frank Sinatra, the singer, the man known by some as a legend.
In a 1963 Playboy Magazine interview, Sinatra said: "When I sing, I believe. I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility.”
He alluded to the fact that people do not connect with indifference.
“This isn’t a grandstand play on my part; I’ve discovered—and you can see it in other entertainers—when they don’t reach out to the audience, nothing happens."
He attributed his success to involvement.
"I think it’s because I get an audience involved, personally involved in a song—because I’m involved myself."
There are many ways to apply what Sinatra says to your teaching and I’ll let you figure out your own specifics. But I do think his advice is inspired and can lead you toward coming a bit closer to making your classroom persona complete.