If you were asked by someone to explain the difference between presenting and teaching what would you say?
You’d probably suggest that there isn’t much difference,
What if I were to tell you that if you said the above, you’d be very, very wrong? Since this was first posted in 2019 prior to the pandemic, education has changed. For better or the worse it has changed … but we’re not here to question content, we’re here to clarify the technique of delivery.
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!
Disclaimer: Some professional subject matter is subject to official academic requirements and certifications
“I’m just a regular person. I can’t be an instructor. I’m not formally qualified in this. I can’t be a teacher.”
Self doubt is something that every instructor goes through. But what if the doubt meant nothing? Do you need an education to be an instructor? Sure it’ll help. But what if you could transform yourself personally and professionally as an instructor? It can be done!
Whether you’re teaching for fun or for your business there are going to be times when as the expert of your subject matter you’re going to have the opportunity and also the obligation to introduce new concepts. But introducing new concepts can also be a dangerous time. So much so that there are serious chances that your new information can scare your audience.
In general Teaching is all about giving students a chance to learn new things, but it isn’t always that simple. No matter how much a students consciously wants to learn, subconsciously the student also wants to reject new ideas at the first available opportunity.
We can all remember being in a class where there was the typical disruptive student. The one who made the jokes, the noises … generally the pain the … But when it comes to teaching adult students, disruption and disruptive behavior takes on a different and more subtle form. More often than not the disruption is not even malicious but can still have some negative consequences.
Students who know nothing are sometimes the best ones. Untarnished, uncorrupted … enthusiastic students who know very little about a subject are like gold. But this is not always the case.