Archive for June, 2009

A Good Lesson: Introduce, Show & Summarize

June 26, 2009 Leave a comment

With a couple of post about why to teach, it’s about time to show how to teach. I got this method from doing a good presentation. To get anyone to remember a lesson, you must Introduce, Show & Summarize.

1. Introduce: Tell them what you are going to them
A good intro get the listener to pay attention (even kids). Usually it takes 2-3 sentences to get your audience interested or something that your audience would be able to relating to. With any complex ideas, make sure to take your time to make the idea to be relate-able.

2. Show: To explain & show what to do
This is what we usually do when teaching, mentoring or presenting … drawings help.

3. Summarize: Tell them what told them
Just give a direct overall summary of the idea or process. (For presentations, 1 slide is enough for this.) This is for everyone to “make sure” they understand. Remember, this is to get a sense of understanding of your idea by your audience & not making anyone feel dumb. Plus, this part is also allow Q&A, so nothing falls through the gap.

Although the explanation step is what we usually do when teach. Although step 1 & 3 are as important. Even though this might take 1/4 more time … Done well, this will save you another trip. If the listener is surprised from what you are about to say … how are they going to remember lesson? So introduce it, show it, then them what you told them.

You only need one good lesson to learn something.

Categories: Teaching

Teach to Gain Leadership Soft Skills

June 12, 2009 1 comment

couch-kidsBeside actually leading, a really great method to gain leadership skill better than teaching someone. Teaching, mentoring and leading are all about guiding people, so there are tons of leadership soft skill that can gain from teaching others. The following are leadership skills you gain from teaching:

Providing Guidance
In a micro-level,to teach is to lead people on a path/solution. When you become more experienced at this, the more effective you will be at guiding others in any situations.

Being Heard
The point is to not making people feel dumb when communicating, otherwise people will feel imitated to ask for you help. Teaching forces you to show an ides while not talking down to your audience.

View as an Leading Voice
As you teach a topic/software/process often, the more you get to view as an expert by others.

Becoming an Expert
The more you teach, the more you get exposed on the topic/software/process. This way the more question you the, the more you need to find the answer to. This naturally will push you toward an expert.

By getting these skill, you can improve your soft skills needed to become a leader others will listened to.

Categories: Leading, Teaching

Learning: Stepping Toward Your Next Skill Sets

June 5, 2009 Leave a comment

CrawlingBabyAs babies we learn to eat, crawl, walk, talk … then we go to school to learn more…then we go to work and learn some more. It’s human nature to keep learning, so it’s no surprise most if not all skills are learned.

To be honest, most skill can’t be learnt by a course or 2. So most learning is a process of drip…drip…drip from challenging ourselves. Example: Do a math problem, reading Shakespeare or starting a your own company.

Teaching, mentoring & leadership skill can & are nuture in companies or just life. (especially from parenting)

This post is a reminder, any skills you want takes time & experience. If you want to gain teaching, leadership & careering skill, start taking your steps into a journey to gain these skill … start take your next step now!

Categories: Learning