Engaging with a great teacher is priceless and changes our lives for the better. The little sayings that a great teacher uses that help us remember and their demeanor and mannerisms that we adopt all become a part of us. Practicing with a great teacher provides an exceptional form of leverage. Whenever we feel stuck, a great way to break through that resistance is to get more educated. And who you choose to get the education from is of great importance. A bad teacher can be a massive drain on energy and send us in the wrong direction. So let's choose teachers wisely.
Traits of a bad teacher:
- Gives advise on topics they are not experienced in;
- Talks mostly about themselves and what they are up to;
- Knows it all;
- Is willing to take on anyone and everyone as a client;
- Says that you must buy now or the opportunity for learning will go away;
- Leaves little or no time for questions;
- Is not prepared;
- Is late;
- Is not intentional with the environment they create;
- Is not willing to provide references.
Traits of a great teacher:
- Gives advice only on topics that they are experienced in and refers you to someone else for topics they are not;
- Shows interest in other people;
- Never stops learning and is constantly improving their craft;
- Actively creates new value for their students;
- Does not ram whatever they are teaching down your throat. Everything is an invitation;
- Knows who their ideal student is and focuses on providing value for them instead of for the masses;
- Has developed systems for their curriculum;
- Listens more than they talk;
- Is prepared;
- Starts on time;
- Creates a safe and effective environment for learning;
- Is willing to provide references.
I feel forever grateful for all of the great teachers in my life. You know who you are. Thank you for sharing your life with me!