Take a look at every person within your company, every manager, every senior leader, every PA and intern, everyone within your entire world, as teachers.

2014-04-17-16.44bWe understand there is a funk around the word ‘teaching’. Some object to it, that it implies that one person has skills or knows things that another person does not, creating a power imbalance. They’re right. There are things that I know, that I can do, that you don’t know and can’t do. This is exciting – because there are also things that you know, that you can do, that I can’t.

This makes all of us teachers.

This is a high ideal for any company – and many of our clients have previously tried to create environments of learning (if for no other reason than to avoid paying companies like ours!). “We’ve tried internal training” they tell us. What we find they’ve often missed is the vital step of learning how to teach. 

The problem is that the strongest do-ers are often the weakest teachers. When we really excel at things we’re often so practiced at doing them it’s difficult to step back to a position of relative ignorance, and break down how it is that we do this thing so well. There are also other challenges, too; of feeling we have permission to give honest feedback to others; the skill of giving feedback well, so that the receiver understands it and adjusts their behaviour; and of learning how to ‘run a room’, to build on strengths, rather than focusing on eliminating all the weaknesses. Speaking clearly, trying things out, adjusting to feedback ourselves, as teachers. These are not just teaching skills, they are invaluable life and work skills.

That these skills will make your teachers better at whatever they do, too. They’ll be more forthright in meetings, more charismatic at presenting, and will be better at getting the best from their teams.

2014-10-16-15.24We, at Ignite, have a particular skill in leadership, communication, confidence and presence; within every building and sat at every desk in your company there are exemplars of other skills. They are your best salespeople, your best managers-as-coaches, your high-performing teams (or stores), your most talented creatives, your slickest pitchers and your insanely quick sheep shearers.

Pick an ability you’d like to share, and we’ll people who are excellent at doing that thing, and find out how it is that they do it. In the process of learning from them, we’ll turning them into teachers. They, in turn, will teach others. Soon, all your sales teams are performing, all your managers know how to coach their employees, every account manager can pitch the pants off any client, and every person can shear a sheep almost as fast as this guy.

This pays huge dividends, not just in reducing your costs and improving performance. When we learn, and teach others, we are happier people. Science says so. When we are happier and learning, we seek out opportunities are eager to take on new challenges – because that is exactly what learning and teaching is all about. And, a long way from lastly: It builds strong connections. As people who’ve trained others for years, we know this: When you teach someone something, you are bonded with them for life – but not as master and student, as friends who’ve shared learning.

Learning in this way builds stronger relationships, and strong relationships build strong, efficient and profitable companies.

How can we help you?

Well, frankly, we’ve no idea. Not yet. To start discussing this, we’ll need to talk to you and ask you lots of questions. About your company, your needs, your people and your dreams for them. Gather a few of your talented people and we’ll build a program together.

It’ll likely cover:

  • Presenter style – developing a calm, clear and confident approach is central to instilling confidence in your students.
    • Pace, pitch, pause and personal flair
    • Physicality, walking, talking, sitting standing, even what you wear – it all matters
  • Group dynamics and learning styles: Getting a feel for how groups, and individuals within them, react to new ideas is central to becoming an excellent teacher.
    • Jung Type Indicators
    • Transactional Analysis and the Parent/Adult/Child dynamic
    • Appealing to all modalities: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic
    • How to make learning experiential
  • Dealing with difficult questions, situations and people: Maintaining your presence, and maintaining rapport is key to retaining control.
    • Being open to hidden motivations for disruptive behaviour
    • The ‘Yes, and…’ technique
  • Programme design: We’ll help you design a workshop, so that by the end you’ll have a complete slide deck, lesson plan and supplementary material.
    • Lesson plan that involves building skills, so each stacks upon the last
    • Reading materials encouraging generative learning
    • PowerPoint or Prezi slide decks – and how to avoid using them as a crutch!
    • Follow up feedback forms and adjusting your design

Participants of this course will be totally prepared for delivering their workshop immediately.

 

Next steps

For an initial free consultation on how we can help your organisation learn from the best (each other), call us on + 44 (0)207 205 4250 or email

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