Psychology Classes Enjoy Speaker's Visits
Byline: Matt O'Kray
Many people in the Geneva community have interesting jobs that go unoticed. Their qualities or talents are not recognized.
That's not the case with public speaker Gerald Black, a longtime resident of Geneva. He gives lectures to large companies nationwide on management development, team building and customer service.
Over the past couple years, Black has been speaking at psychology classes at Geneva High School.
It started out about seven years ago when Robert Engle, who taught psychology at the school, sent home a paper asking parents what their special talents were. Gerald was invited to speak to daughter Julie Black's class later that year.
Although he is knowledgeable in many subjects, Black talks about personality when he visits the high school.
He helps students figure out their personality traits with the Myers-Briggs test. The test consists of 126 questions, with each question having only two to three answers. After the test's completion, students figure out which of the 16 personality categories they fall into. But before they are given the results, they predict what personality they are.
"Some of the students are exactly correct, but others aren't even close," psychology teacher Tom Grubaugh said.
The components that can affect your score are deaths in the family, other important events or lack of interest. Such factors contribute to inaccurate test results.
"It's a good indicator of how you operate, if you take the test properly," Grubaugh said.
Black's background allows him to have many different perspectives, which enriches his public engagements. …