Why I Teach, and the Difference Between a Duck and a Goose

“The best way to learn is to teach.” – Frank Oppenheimer

I teach for fairly unsurprising and pedestrian reasons: it pays the bills, it confers credibility, I enjoy it, and it’s social. The most important reason I teach however is not so obvious – it’s my crutch.

Without a string of audiences over the years I don’t think I would have made much headway within this industry. I’ve been constantly forced to think, experiment and research below the surface. And I do mean ‘forced’ – if you’re going to stand in front of a room of people who are paying to be there with either their money or their time, you had better know the difference between a duck and a goose (ducks are smaller and have shorter beaks). Teaching and presenting at corporate level demands conceptual repackaging, and clarity of expression – imperatives which drive good presenters to get it right in their own heads first.

 



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