If you read Monday's post, I taught a class. On finding your routine. Phew. That was a lot of work, and I was worried I did a terrible job.
To all my teachers out there, you are awesome. I don't know how you do it and you should be making $1M a year. Teaching via zoom is not for the faint of heart. The crickets were hard to listen to when I would ask a question.
Here are my Top 4 Teaching Tips
Find a Topic You Are Passionate About: Teaching something that isn't really interesting to you won't be fun. You won't have a lot to say about it. No one will enjoy learning from you on something you're not emotionally invested in. However, if you have something that lights your soul on fire it will come across as your teaching and those listening will feel it too!
Write Down What YOU Personally Do With The Topic: For example. I taught about finding your routine. Therefore I shared my routine (you know, I only do laundry one day a week.) and how I came to that routine. If working out is your jam (more power to you) and you want to share workouts and teach others to workout the way you do, share what you do! If you want to teach others how to make a floral arrangement, show how you make yours. It makes you relatable and creates emotional connection with those you are teaching.
Engage With Easy Language: Have you ever started to listen to an IT guy talk? Did you just zone out? Yeah, me too. When Scott throws out words that don't mean anything to me about anything related to tools, the camper or anything my brain instantly shuts down and dreams of confetti. Using easy, relatable language will keep people's interest. If you can keep the "technical terms" to a very minimum it will be better and less overwhelming for others who are new to the topic you are sharing.
Easy To Accomplish Tasks: When teaching it is vital to have each person DO and practice the things you are teaching them. However, it's baby steps. What comes easy to you may not come easy to another. Creating tasks that are easy, quick, manageable that will lead to quick successes. Those will become the foundation steps for building whatever it is others are learning. For example: when learning the proper way to lift weights you don't start with 90 pound dumbbells. That is something you build up to!
What would you add to the list?