Teaching – It’s not for everyone!

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If you’ve been following me on GeekBrainDump.com, then you know that among the services my company provides is training for our clients. This ranges from Microsoft Office training to Windows 8 training to apprenticeship training for on-site IT staff.

I’m very successful at teaching. Note there that I didn’t say that my company is successful at teaching, but Iam successful at teaching. Trust me, I’m not saying that because my ego is huge, or because I’m trying to brag or show off. Actually, teaching isn’t something that I enjoy doing. But, that doesn’t change the fact that I’m honestly quite good at it.

I started teaching back in my days working for the telco. In 2006 we got our first cellular data services (behind the times, I know), 1xRTT CDMA. When governments and bigger organizations began switching over to smartphones, users didn’t know how to use them. In my position with the telco I was basically the resident ‘handset geek’, so it was decided (read: I was volun-told) to create a training outline and figure out a way to spend a few hours and teach these users how to use their smartphones. I did so, very successfully and to really great feedback from the users who attended my sessions. Since then, I started (and currently still am) teaching technology courses for our territorial College (the equivalent of your state College in the USA). And I also do training sessions for my company’s clients, generally on a per-request basis.

Teaching is something very unique, and that statement doesn’t just apply to teaching the technology field. You have to have a LOT of patience, and you have to be able to teach in a way that relates to your students, so they understand what you’re teaching and not just ‘following along’. To some extent, I would say that being a good teacher is something that you’re born with, something you can do naturally without having to think about it.

If you’re a technologist and you’re able to teach well, you have numerous opportunities available to you. Don’t let this valuable skill go to waste!

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Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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