Passionate is fast becoming one of my favorite blogs – and the graphics are great too! This post is no exception, it provides some great tips for trainers and teachers, and some great insights for anyone needing to communicate in general. The introduction goes like this:
I’m amazed (and more than a little disheartened) how many people believe that simply by virtue of their being skilled and knowledgeable in something, they’re implicitly qualified to communicate, mentor, teach, or train that thing. It devalues the art of teaching to think that because you’ve been a student, you can teach well. That because you’ve experienced learning, you can craft a learning experience.
The post then talks a little about the fact that people can be self taught:
nobody needs a PhD (or in most cases — any degree at all) in education or learning theory to be a good teacher. Just as there are plenty of great software developers and programmers without a CompSci degree. People can be self-taught, and do a fabulous job, for a fraction of the cost of a formal education, but they have to be motivated and they have to appreciate why it’s important
which I have definately …