I have been teaching in the classrooms of local colleges and universities both online and in person since 2003. Nothing makes me as happy as being in front of a classroom and sharing lessons and how-to's with students or professionals or anyone. Each class, to me, is like it's own challenging puzzle - which kids look like they would rather be getting their teeth pulled than sitting in your class? Which ones are so into it they might take over the teaching from you? How do you deal with all the other students in between the two extremes.
I am lucky enough to be doing what I love as an educator / entrepreneur and so much of what I do it due to the skills I have honed and learned as a speaker since 1994 in speech and debate and as an adjunct since 2003. The corporate experience is also paramount to what I bring to the class and to my students - I am not just speaking about things in "theory" but in reality from years as an executive to boot as well as someone who has been an entrepreneur since 2004.
On Monday night, I kicked off another round of Ladders for Leaders training and though the room was (very) warm and it's technically summer break for most of the students, everyone was focused and involved with the discussions. One of the students had already taken part 2 of this workshop Getting the Job (last night was part 1) and I was so impressed when he was able to recount and share my lessons from the previous training (which was held weeks ago).
These are the types of experiences I live for as an instructor and as a small business owner. Not only have I been given tons of great feedback on my workshops but people are actually learning from me. On Monday night (and with every training so far), I got great questions on how to network effectively, how to use LinkedIn and what is the hardest thing for me about being an entrepreneur. It is amazing to be speaking with and training our youth - not to get all Whitney Houston on you but they really are the future.
For my group of 25+ students last night I taught them to look around the room and consider building a network right there right now with the other students because it really was a sampling of amazing students and future connections - they could all be hiring each other in the future or teaching each other new lessons!
What do you think about teaching and learning experiences? Do you like learning? Why or why not. Happy hunting.
Lisa Vento Nielsen