Over the past couple of years I’ve realized I really enjoy teaching. I always thought I’d hate teaching. After all, I loathe repetition, I’m just a tiny bit impatient (heh…), and if I had to define my most prevalent passion, it’s a love of learning.
Learning. So, not teaching, right?
The more public speaking I do, and the more mentoring I do, the more I realize I actually kind of love it. No, I’m not destined to be a teacher in the traditional sense. But I get such great feedback from people I’ve helped who were struggling with one tech/design/marketing issue or another, that I’m just hooked. I love sharing a light-bulb moment with someone who’s eager to understand something new.
And as an added bonus, I end up learning a whole bunch too.
At the third Blogathon, we ran Room For Improvement as kind of an experiment. It wasn’t tech support. It wasn’t a roundtable discussion. It didn’t involve food. The idea was that I’d be available to help people with just about any website issue — design, messaging, information architecture, SEO, social media — but only for a few minutes.
I worried about it some. After all, how much value could I really provide in such a short period of time?
Well, it turns out there’s plenty to be accomplished in 15 minutes 🙂 The feedback was awesome. So awesome, that it will be featured for the third time at the next Blogathon on September 15th. I’ll be available in the Learning Lab from 10:30–12:30 and again in the afternoon from 3:30–5:30. Stop on by and say hello! There’s always room for improvement…
Did you participate in Room For Improvement at Blogathon 3 or 4? If so, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to get your feedback (and maybe hit you up for a quote). 🙂