Well, I just finished completing 16 of my 24 annual drill days for the year. My unit was low on funding so I volunteered to use my drill days tro come for the last 3 weeks. The Defense Information School has an excellent program that certifies instructors there. I ended up giving 4 teaching lectures and was evaluated on all four.
Although I am very comfortable teaching, I do have a problem varying my tone of voice. One of my mentors suggested that I try to talk to an inanimate object such as a pen or fork. I should try to convince that object of something. He is a former Air Force Broadcast Journalist and knows a thing or 2 about the voice. I tried this method and it actually worked!! I did much better on my last two classes with varying my voice and increasing enthusiasm.
Also am now counting down to my Februrary deployment. At least I have time now to sepnd with my son and wife before I go. I need to get so many things in order, including practicing my pistol shooting and medical forms. My son Ezra is starting to babble a lot now and hoepfully he will be able to say daddy before I leave!