What makes a Good Teacher or a Great Teacher?  


What makes a Good Teacher or a Great Teacher?  

Do Share your thoughts with me here and feel free to share or mention any Teacher or Faculty who has Inspired you over the years!
Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Dr.A.P.J Abdul_Kalam

Dr. Abdul Kalam is one of my greatest inspirations! 

“Reminiscing my Training experiences”

Today morning as I entered Techdivine Creative Services, my Digital Marketing agency office around 8:30 am, I found myself sipping a cup of black coffee and standing staring at the blindingly fast paced city outside.
All of a sudden, the thought about my teaching experiences over the years crossed my mind as I was reminiscing about the same!
I am very selective of the Organizations where I conduct Corporate Training programs or the Academic institutions where I agree to teach, because I need to be sure myself that the people who are part of planning such and or coordinating and or creating such events are sincerely wanting their Employees to Learn exceptional skills through our custom designed Employee Development programs, that the students across academic institutions are updated with the industry focused concepts, methodologies and tools as per industry focused requirements with immense learning etc. 
So, when I feel that the corporation or the institution is as passionate as I am of teaching and of course, the students themselves, is only when I agree to take up such training programs for the said participants. And trust me, it shows in the final outcome when they step out of the training programs as their learning is truly immersive and immense!

Past week, I completed around 1,000 Hours of Corporate Training on various topics such as “Digital Marketing, Social Media ROI, Entrepreneurship & Growth Hacking, Luxury & eRetail Management, Consumer Research & Customer Journey, Marketing Management and Research” across 50+ events for about 7,500+ participants across 27 cities in India during the past 2 years. 

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I have to admit, majority of my energy comes from the participants themselves who are mostly working professionals from some of the Top corporate and of course students from some of the most Elite academic institutions in India.
The ratio or percentage of Participants demographics that I have trained in just the past 2 years (excluding the trainings I have conducted as a Technical Trainer in the early years of my career), the overall bifurcation of participants of Techdivine Creative Services i.e. via my Training Programs is as shared below:
(Of the 7,500 participants) 

– 52% participants belonged to C-suite or Managerial positions in Corporate (12+ years of work experience – Age group 30 to 54)

– 23% were corporate professionals with 5 years or less of professional experience (Age group 22 to 30 years) 

– 25% were student professionals pursing their final year of graduation in MBA or Engineering etc (age group 20 to 28 years) 

I received some amazingly wonderful feedback, some very heartfelt emails, messages, positive mentions across platforms, recommendations on LinkedIn etc by many of my participants over the years, but at every single point of time, there has been always one particular thing going through my mind: “What can I do to make their learning even better?”
Always remember, if something has been done great, it can always be done even better. Whatever you do, however good you are at your work, there is always room for improvement. 
This got me to thinking, few things that I have followed over the years as a corporate trainer or a visiting facultyand I thought of sharing the same with all of you here:
(Please do feel free to share your feedback, suggestions, even feel free to mention any Teachers / Faculties who have inspired you over the years!)
Few Quick thoughts that keep running in my head when I prepare for conducting training programs and sessions for my participants and students every single time I step into a Corporate Training program: 
  • Understanding the intricacies of the subject that I am teaching in-depth, being prepared with an insane amount of data, information, know-how and subject matter knowledge always helps, both, yourself and the participants. Being prepared thoroughly is the first step!
  • Understanding the profile of the students. Knowing what their aspirations are, who they are, where they have come from and where do they want to go from here! This helps me customize my training methodology, pedagogy etc during the course of the program to fit into the requirements of the participants.
  • Good teachers teach, great teachers teach how to learn, best teachers show how to implement and keep learning and the truly amazing ones, inspire you for Life.
  • Be available for your students and or participants at least for a little extended period of time after the training program is over, may be at least a fortnight or so if long term is not feasible and give them options to reach out to you. Try to accommodate their queries to the extent it is not overbearing and is possible for you to add value through their career.
  • Understand and accept that it might not be possible for you to learn and or know everything yourself at all times. Be confident but not cocky. If you don’t know something, be honest, take time and ensure the students you will get back on the queries and ensure that you really do! It goes a long way.
  • Keep improvising your teaching pattern based on the audience / participants / students learning styles. Not everyone understands visuals or numbers or case studies. Customize and focus on Your goal for that moment, which is, ensuring they LEARN well! 
  • Keep updating your know-how of the subject matter and ensure you design and adapt the teaching skills, concepts etc to suit the participants need of the hour!
  • Teach concepts, theories, case studies and of course, don’t miss out of practical application of “how-to” to test and ensure their learning has been exceptional.
  • Most important of all, be empathetic at all times. Not every student or participant learns at the same speed, be aware and focus on the training accordingly.
  • Finally, Enjoy the teaching process… trust me, it shows! Know for a fact that teaching is a two way process and in this, you too learn immensely! 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

THANK YOU dear Participants and Students! THANK YOU very much.

Have you attended any of my sessions or training programs? If yes, do feel free to share your feedback, suggestions etc with me, would love to hear from all of you.
The learning curve never ends!
If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Feel free to reach me for queries on Digital marketing and social media or for customized campaigns and or Custom designed Corporate Training programs: Reach Us HERE
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Be Well

Ananth V

 

 

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