Before we look at the initial answer, if you’ve never been put into a position of leadership the answer will most likely be no! Just like delivering training, the first time—no one is ready, no one is prepared. You may have been ‘tapped’ but the chances are you probably just stepped in to get something done or thought you could do it better.
At the very least that’s a start. But don’t worry, no one is truly qualified to lead. That’s okay, neither are most business owners. What’s worse is that nowadays there seems to be this misconception that leadership is management and vice versa.
Coaching and Teaching are very closely related! In fact some instructors will often coach during teaching and vice versa. So if they are so similar how do you know which one you’re doing and when to do so? Between Coaching & Teaching-What’s the difference?
Coaching and Teaching are very closely related! In fact some instructors will often coach during teaching and vice versa. So if they’re so similar how do you know which one you’re doing and when to do so? What’s the difference?
Before we go into the differences let’s take a look at what each are.
This is a question that came up just recently & also something that I’d come across years ago when someone asked “When are they no longer the noob?”
At the time the answer someone gave was “When you don’t have to ask that question!” Being relatively new to the field at the time, it wasn’t me that gave the answer and being fair I didn’t have one, even if I was the one who was asked.
When are you no longer the apprentice?
But at some point we look back on our journeys whether they’re personal or professional and only when we reflect do we realize how far we’ve come. These journeys are slow & arduous and the progress can be so incremental that we don’t realize that we actually make progress.
So whatever your field is; When are you no longer the
apprentice? When can you call yourself the master?
When thinking about this there is no single point where
the change takes place, but your Google search history is a far better gauge of
where you’re at. It might seem abstract but keep reading.
It’s what you’re looking for.
My conclusion is that there are four key factors that
determine whether you’re an apprentice or a master.
1. When your questions change or when you ask different types of questions.
Let’s use the health and fitness industry as an example. There
are literally millions of people who have asked; “How to lose weight.”
We have to accept that this is a very generic question for the fitness industry, and an easy question that everyone at some point has asked. Most likely this is the ‘first’ question that anyone asks when they want to ‘get into shape’ whereas someone with more experience may start to ask “How to lose fat?” or “How to build Muscle” or even better “How to boost your metabolism?” In the fitness industry, trainers and instructors typically want clients who ask these questions because they are already more mature than clients who just want to ‘Get into shape.’
2. When you start to research your own answers, and having the confidence to know your research is correct.
Let keep running the fitness industry for consistency.
Whether you’re a client wanting to strip fat or boost your metabolic rate
eventually you’ll start to do your own research rather than perhaps simply
taking what your trainer gives you as gospel.
This is where you’re going to start having the ability to sift through all of the noise such as banana diets, lemon diets, soup diets, and start looking for higher quality information which will be more suited to your needs.
When you finally start to find consistent information
from independent sources you’ll have the confidence to determine that what you
have found is something that you can work with and learn from.
3. When you start helping others—you know where they’ve come from.
Give it enough time and research and you’re going to start getting results. Nothing is going to attract attention like progress, and once you start to make progress people around you will likely want to know how ‘you got into shape’
At this point in your experience, you’ll have the ability to help & educate others but also to know what question to ask when you start to provide guidance.
The biggest take away to know about here is that the advice and guidance you’re going to give is already going to be more advanced than what you would have searched for when you started ‘your‘ journey.
This means that you are more advanced and skilled than what people are typically looking for.
4. When the questions you ask, haven’t been asked. You can’t find your answers any longer, and you are doing new things.
The final step in knowing that you’re no longer the apprentice is when you begin to look for answers that are not readily available or when you start doing your own research & experiments.
Remember you started your journey with ‘How to lose weight’ and you may have found information about cutting calories.
As an advanced self-taught fitness expert you’re going to be looking for information in the fields of ‘Insulin Manipulation’ or ‘Cortisol reduction’ . . . the list of advanced key word searches is endless which will likely see you looking through research papers on page 2 of Google or beyond rather than Instagram posts.
So when are you no longer the apprentice?
From experience (regardless of the industry) I can say that it comes down to these four areas which all relate to the questions that you ask, and what you look for in your field, and not just about how long you have been doing something for.
After all you can cut calories for years but that doesn’t mean you’re an expert!
People are not equal! It may seem incorrect to say but we’re not. Adding to that all clients are also … not equal! Clients learn in different ways, and also have different motivations which have drastic impacts on their individual outcomes.
However in this case—client equality and their motivations really don’t matter, because in this post we’re really looking at when most learning occurs, not how!
Not only do you want to deliver an excellent teaching product, you want your clients to recommend you to others. Makes sense right?
So When do people learn?
So having pointed out the obvious, let’s go a little deeper, because one thing that we need to be aware of here is that teaching and learning are two very different things.
“Teaching” is done by an “Instructor”. “Learning” is done by the “Client!”
So as an Instructor how are you going to achieve the most potent learning experience for your client?
Is your client going to learn during the ‘teaching’ or are they going to learn later when they ‘revise’ previously delivered material? Wherever they will learn is going to dictate how you create your lesson or course!
I’ll give you the answer at the end of this post and the truth is shocking!
On many courses that I have attended throughout my working life, I have been taught one subject, revised and then assessed the next day to prove competence. As an instructor you’re going to face the same challenge. You will need to teach and have a client either prove competence with little to no application or be able to apply those skills later.
Time is the biggest restriction you can have.
The situation reverses as a manager or an educator within an organization. You can spend far more time teaching and seemingly not see competence in the person being taught.
So … what is more effective? Teaching lessons? Revision lessons? When do clients finally learn?
Unfortunately the answer isn’t within either of the major lesson types above. Simply speaking teaching lessons have to be delivered so that new skills can be taught. Revision lessons are there to re-enforce prior learning.
Between the two however, revision is more often than not more effective at developing the skill level of a trainee or a client.
Why? Depending on how material is delivered the audience will forget up to 95% of taught content. (Makes you wonder how we learn anything) However revision lessons not only re-engage with the remembered material but also trigger the activation of ‘forgotten’ material from previously.
Especially if the revision is practical the information retention can be as high as 75% . . . a far cry from 5%.
So using the logic and the stats from above, revision lessons are the way to go! Absolutely however you cannot revise a subject that has not been taught!
Experience through application is where your client will learn the most.
So our answer now looks pretty clear. Quickly teach a subject with high audience engagement and get straight into revising the subject material. This is how we attain maximum learning . . . right?
The Shocking Truth.
When it comes to designing a course there really isn’t a specific formula that you can use to achieve a maximum outcome. All subjects are different and need a differing approach.
But the real shock here is that your audience will not learn the most from you during either teaching or revision. Your client will learn the most about a subject on their own long after the teaching has been done.
When a client enters or is forced to enter a period of application without support, they will learn the most at the fastest rate. It’s during the time of application that a client will learn >100% of what you would have been capable of teaching. They will learn things through experience that you may not have had as part of your training itself.
An unfortunate truth to being an instructor is that you cannot achieve proficiency in your client. You can only give the knowledge for a client to become competent in a skill but you cannot give them experience. Experience through application is where your client will learn the most. Our job as instructors is to prepare them to be independent.
Now in the final installment of this article we’re going to look at the most polarizing method to prepare any presentation, particularly for teaching. Scripting a training presentation.
And yes it is exactly what it sounds like. Writing a script—each and every word that you will deliver in a presentation or in this case your lesson.
By this definition this is an ‘extreme’ form of presentation preparation. It’s a method that demands that you either fully commit to being in (and you say everything you have written) or that you don’t write a single phrase and you choose to follow an organic or queued approach. No in between!
Under normal circumstances scripting is just one of those things you just . . . Don’t . . . do. And when I say that I mean—ever! In all of the time that I have ever been delivering training, I have never used a script . . . not once!
Being an awesome instructor means knowing your stuff; so your knowledge simply makes scripting redundant. You simply don’t need one!
Besides, imagine having an audience and rather than communicating with them completely—instead you spend your time reading from a script, or spitting out a bunch of words that you hope to remember from earlier.
Chances are it’s not a pretty mental picture. If you have an audience a script is the worst thing you can bring to the lesson.
But . . . What if there was a reason to have one?
It’s the 21st century, and teaching is not just something that happens face to face any longer. We are now in the digital age, and trainees, students and clients don’t . . . need to be in class at any specific time.
Teaching has changed – In fact a lesson can be delivered at one time, and received at another completely.
Scripts are useful—When it comes to recording your training. And they are useful for two key reasons. The first reason is all about this exact topic . . . preparation. Excessive preparation! The ‘scripting’ of each and every single word that you’re going to say, and there is benefit.
Particularly when recording, a script will provide the opportunity to seamlessly put together your lesson with everything you need to communicate without all of the nuances that we all have, that only come out when we speak naturally.
Secondly, scripting provides one massive final benefit when it comes to recording lessons. A script acts as version control when it comes time to update your lessons from one version to the next. The script is the written record, of what you have presented.
The script is easy to update and edit as required and when it comes to version control, a script is the most valuable method you can use to prepare any lesson you can deliver.