Once you learned how to drink water, you have to drink again. And again. It is not a one-time thing. We drink to be alive.
Once you learned how to teach, you thirst for every opportunity to teach. It is never a one-time thing. You will find yourself teaching, even without a title. We teach to be alive.
I am a licensed professional teacher. But I no longer have the title “teacher”. I have a kid whom I get to teach every day on the way of life. But that’s it these days.
On some days, I train school principals How to Grow Teachers and Leadership that Transforms. When given opportunities, I conduct seminars on How to Make Teaching Alive.
I was a school teacher from October 1996 to June 2005.
I decided to explore the world of professional speaking and corporate training. I offered public speaking and leadership courses. Then, I started my own training companies.
In my first seven years, I struggled. The businesses grew, then died.
First, because corporates don’t want a teacher in the training room. For some reasons, they believed that teachers are boring people. Teachers are out-of-touch.
Second, because I was too affordable. I was the cheapest. I thought it was okay because I was new in the field. Corporates want experts, not newbies. Corporates want someone who can increase their revenue; they are not after cheap trainers.
Not all teachers are out-of-touch, of course. Some teachers, because of who they are, outgrow their schools.
There is some truth in what corporates say. There is a huge gap between what students learn and what the corporates need. Because teachers cannot teach what they have not experienced.
I have to unlearn many things I learned when I was a school teacher. As a teacher, I was blind to the limiting beliefs that governed my practice. A constricted school environment shapes a fixed mindset. It was not my fault. I was not any teacher’s fault.
On the other hand, because I was a teacher I offered something to my clients which other trainers and speakers would not be able to offer.
Though corporate trainers are teachers too, they do not have ten years of teaching kids how to dream. They have not seen how great teachers inspired frustrated, hopeless students to change ways. They have not seen how great teachers breathed life into a boring subject. They have not experienced the joy of seeing students grow up before their eyes.
The world will learn much from teachers.
This is why I came up with this mini-course: Grow the Great Teacher
I will share with you what I know about teaching and how to teach so your students will get ahead in the world.
I will persuade you to zag while others zig.
I will inspire you to cultivate the great teacher in you.
I will make the world know the beauty of teaching and encourage corporates to invest in teaching.
Jef “the teacher” Menguin