How Teaching Others Increases the Level of Expertise in Your Craft

One of the best things that I get to do on occasion is share my experience with other people and teach them about the things that I’ve done right and the things that I’ve done wrong. Recently it was at the Cobb Social Media Meetup where I was able to candidly share my thought on blogging, monetization, entrepreneurship, and people acceleration.

It was a blast and I always hope and pray that those in the audience leave with a sense of encouragement and a feeling of empowerment knowing that they already have much of what they need to do better at what they are attempting to accomplish.

To varying degrees it’s most simply the art of sharing a perspective on how things operate and seem to respond in our shared environment and world. The context, of course, this time was blogging and social media.

But here’s the neatest thing that is absolutely true: Although I educate others and teach others to do what I do because I desire them to succeed I am also, in return, honing and bettering my craft so I can be a more effective teacher. Without the element of education in my weekly regimen and diet I stagnate my growth pattern and hamstring the process of becoming better myself.

Have you ever given it much thought? How often do you find yourself in a position to humbly share your experiences with others for their enrichment? Do you hoard information? Do you explicitly and intentionally look for opportunities to export your learnings into other people?

It’s probably about time you started teaching others the things that you already know:

  1. It will make you a better person and increase your proficiency in your craft.
  2. It will give you the necessary practice of communication clarity – in other words, it will help you clearly communicate to others, a most valuable skill.
  3. It will force you to focus your time and attention on the things that you do absolutely the best. You won’t be able to teach others about things that you’re not good at!
  4. It will build your community and those that support you. You will create greater rapport and even find better and more qualified work opportunities.
  5. It will allow you to network with more strategic and like-minded people.
  6. It will make you feel a whole lot better about yourself as you bring value to other people.

These are just some of the obvious benefits of becoming a teacher for others. It’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t go overboard with this – I think the best teachers (and the one’s that I respect the most) are the ones that spend more time “doing” their craft than “teaching” their craft since they are constantly practicing their technique. Some people teach far more than they should – they need to get their hands dirty more often, in my opinion.

Teach others. Accelerate others. Bring value to others. Go!