For many years, the traditional method for teaching physicians how to perform surgery has been known as “See One, Do One, Teach One.”
I asked a doctor friend about this once and he confirmed the value of this approach to learning. “If, from another location, I can instruct an intern how to perform a procedure, I will have mastered it,” he said.
This applies to other disciplines as well.
Bottom line: If you really want to master a subject – Teach it!
Embracing and executing this concept can make you a better speaker!
Master your presentation skills by teaching them to others.
I never took a teaching course and knew nothing about developing lesson plans, a staple for educators. I also had no knowledge about proposing a course for a community college. However, developing and teaching a class on public speaking and presentation skills is something I knew would improve my skills.
“When we get out of our comfort zone, we make it larger!”
That’s exactly what I did when contacting a local school about creating and teaching a class in their continuing education program.
Fortunately, for this task, I had the benefit of following the structure outlined in my book, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and tweaked it for this purpose. I submitted my proposal to the college. They accepted it, and gave me times, dates, and a listing in their catalog of courses.
We all know the expression, “Be careful what you wish for!” This project made we live that statement! Teaching presentation skills is different from just delivering a presentation. I had to make sure everything I presented to the students was valuable and easily understood. This new venture made me laser focus on all components of my talk.
I updated and rearranged some slides, worked on the clarity of my verbiage, and gave more attention to questions that might be asked. This was a lot of work, but definitely worth doing. And yes, I should have always been making these “upgrades” to my presentations. “Necessity is a great motivator,” and it worked for me!
This is my sixth year teaching this class. I love it and learn something new every time I instruct it.
Teach your discipline!
Preparing for and instructing others will increase your expertise and delivery
of your topic!
Follow the above advice for instilling your knowledge in others and I guarantee your future presentations will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!
About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”
Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.
They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.
He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!
- Keynote Speaker
- Workshop Facilitator
- Breakout Sessions
- Personal and Group Public Speaking and Presentation Coaching
- Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!
- Crafting Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT!
- Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
- We are All Self-Employed!