Are you Presenting or Teaching?

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, right?

Now if you were delivering training, would you know whether you presented or whether you taught?

Chances are you’d be wondering ‘Aren’t they the same thing?’

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How the internet has revolutionised information

It’s not far-fetched to say that the internet has changed our lives in dramatic ways. But regardless of what you use it for in “The age of information” the internet has revolutionised information both in terms of what is available and also how easily information of all sorts is now accessible.

I previously wrote about why jobs are not safe any longer and how as little as a generation ago it was common to spend a decade or more with one employer.

Today the work ‘battlespace’ space has shifted. Temporary workers are becoming the norm and time within a position can be limited to months.

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Do you need an education to be an instructor?

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!

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Why New Information can scare your audience

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.

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Disruptive Students

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.

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