The Last Lecture Chapters 35-37 Summary & Analysis

Randy Pausch

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The Last Lecture Chapters 35-37 Summary & Analysis

Chapters 35 – 37

At the beginning of Chapter 35, Randy admits that “improving group dynamics became a bit of an obsession for ” (142). These short chapters provide some narrative examples of important collaborative skills that he tried to teach his students. In order to really strengthen work relations, he believes we should “start by sitting together”.

On the second day of classes he would go over these tips with his students:
• “Meet people properly
• Find things you have in common
• Try for optimal meeting conditions
• Let everyone talk
• Check egos at the door
• Praise each other
• Phrase alternatives as questions” (142-143).

The main piece of advice offered in Chapter 36 is to “ for the best in everybody”, and Chapter 37 instructs us that the best way to understand a person is by watching their actions, not following what they say.

Chapters 35-37 Analysis

Disguised as schoolwork, Randy’s advice to his students…

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