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Learn the Art of Teaching Skills, Coaching & Mentoring to Educate & Train Others

teacher avatar Arman Chowdhury, Confidence thru Communication

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      1:12

    • 2.

      What is Teaching?

      1:24

    • 3.

      Curious Mind

      1:17

    • 4.

      Know A lot

      1:14

    • 5.

      Meet Them Where They Are

      1:54

    • 6.

      Strategic Engagement

      1:48

    • 7.

      Answer Questions

      3:18

    • 8.

      Bonus Tip

      2:26

    • 9.

      Final Project

      1:21

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About This Class

The ability to turn complex topics into simplicity is an art.

 

You can use simple explanations to:

  • Create content.
  • Mentor someone.
  • Teach a group of students.

and much more.

 

However, people are stuck on how to explain topics. All they do is confuse people and leave them scratching their heads.

 

In this beginner’s class, you will learn:

  • What is teaching?
  • How to simplify your points.
  • Leveraging curiosity.
  • Asking strategic questions.
  • Inventing new processes.

and much more!

 

Since this is a beginner’s class, you don’t need any prior experience in the field to understand the material. This class will help you as you rise in your industry and have to explain more complex topics to your peers.

 

In the end, you will be given a final project which will allow you to turn a complex topic into a simple one.

 

Ready to level up your teaching, coaching & mentoring skills?

If so, then I look forward to seeing you inside!

Meet Your Teacher

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Arman Chowdhury

Confidence thru Communication

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Hello, I'm Arman Chowdhury. I am an engineer, public speaker, and writer who currently owns the company, ArmaniTalks. The ArmaniTalks company aims to help engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. 

 

A few of the core communication skills covered include public speaking, storytelling, social skills, emotional intelligence, and creativity.

 

Throughout my career, I have served in the hard skills fields of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering & systems design. Some of my experience with soft skills include serving as the External Vice President of my Toastmasters club, former communications chair of the Tampa BNI chapter, and publishing... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Introduction: This world is favoring those who can explain complex topics with crystal clarity. What point is it? And being a subject matter expert, if others have no clue what you're saying. Every time you're speaking, you're confusing other people. This isn't the way to go about it. Our goal is to know a lot and it's to explain it in such an easy to understand way that other people have no choice but to understand what we are saying. Teaching is not something that we just happen to stumble upon. It's a craft, a science, it's an art. And that's exactly what we're going to be learning in this class. In this class, you're going to understand what exactly is teaching and what it isn't. You're going to understand simple strategies on how to turn complex topics into Simplicity. You'll go to also understand the strategic practice methods to make sure that you're sharpening your teaching blade. Are you ready to level up your explanation skills and turn complex topics into simplicity? If so, I look forward to seeing you inside. 2. What is Teaching?: Teaching is all about educating someone. And education stems from the Latin word, which means to draw out what is already within. That's what teaching is all about. You want to assume that this person knows everything. But for some strange reason, they forgot. Your goal as a teacher is to draw out what is already within. You want to remind them of what they forgot. This is an empowering way to teach. Because if you're over here reminding them of something that they've already known their entire life, then you're not falling into the trap of lecturing them too much. Lecturing them too much is when you're pretty much talking at them. You're giving them formulas. You're giving them charts, statistics, and just babbling on away. While this student is falling asleep there nodding their head, pretending like they're listening. But you're not necessarily drawing out what is already within. Therefore, they feel bored. Or goal as a teacher is to remind them of more things that they know. By reminding them of what they already know, they are much more likely to apply the information that we're teaching them. 3. Curious Mind: There's an ancient saying that says, fire does not light wet wood. Fire lights dry wood. Wet wood represents a mind that is not curious. While dry wood represents a mind that is curious. When we're teaching a student, we want to make sure that the student is curious regarding the topic that we're going to teach them. Otherwise, we're gonna be wasting a lot of time. But I get it. You may be in that position right now where you don't have the luxury of only teaching students who are curious. Well, luckily for the later videos, I'm going to explain what to do about that. But let's say you do have control over the students that you pick. You want to ensure that they're curious, that their mind is Dr. once you give them the fire of knowledge is going to light ablaze. Student who is curious makes the whole teaching process fun. It's elegant. Is this nice dance from back and forth, back and forth. If you're some sort of consultant, if you're some sort of coach, then into teach people that are already curious. 4. Know A lot: The first step in order to teach this, to know a lot about a topic. You may be thinking, well, how do I exactly know? If I know a lot about a topic? You don't never fully know. You honestly just keep on finding out as you begin your teaching process. But here's what I can tell you. If you're someone that is having skin in the game, you're in the battlefield, you consistently practicing this topic. Then you're gonna know a lot about the topic sooner or later. If you also set the intention, I am going to know a lot about the topic. Not only are you going to gain practical experience on the certain field, you're also going to get theoretical knowledge, hopefully by reading books, by studying, by constantly consuming more videos, lectures on the topic, by combining theory with practice. That's when we become a mega mind of knowledge. This is when we can start to feel confident in knowing a whole bunch about this field because we have studied it and we have practiced it. 5. Meet Them Where They Are: The next thing we want to do is meet the student exactly where they are. This tip is going to be tough for some people because let's say you just got through step number one where you know, a whole bunch of other topic, your primary get involved. You may be thinking, why am I going to bring myself down to this guy's level? This guy should be bringing himself or herself to my level. That's the wrong way to look at it. We're not necessarily saying that we're going to dumb ourselves down to a point where we're stripping away the content. When I say that we're meeting this person where they are, I'm seeing that we need to alter our delivery. We don't want to be using these complex topics, words, concepts that they have no clue to the understanding of. They don't even understand the language of the field. What we want to do is we want to meet them where they are. We got to know our student just a little bit or better yet, we can know ourselves a lot. Think about how it was like when you are first learning the field, what were some of the pain points that U1 through? Were you going through stuff that you didn't know at the time that you now know all the stuff from your past self, you can superimpose it to your student. You can empathize with the student. And so it's much easier to bring yourself down to their level and to simplify your delivery. The more that we simplify our delivery, the more debt will tell some jokes, will use compelling, riveting analogies. And we're gonna be giving a whole bunch of examples. Now we're playing a game that is fun when we're teaching, no longer boring. 6. Strategic Engagement: What's one subject that you wish you'd learned sooner? Remind thinking of a response right now. Did you know anytime we ask someone else a question there, consciously or subconsciously thinking of a response. This is something that you want to know, especially as a teacher. As we're explaining the topic, we want to make sure that we're every now and then doing strategic engagement. I'm I making sense. Is there any part that you're not understanding? You really understanding it or are you just nodding your head like a dummy? As we're consistently engaging them, the more debt there mind is starting to look for responses. We don't want to force anyone to answer any questions. But if we're just asking them, that means their mind is getting engaged and they're much more likely to apply the information that we are giving them. Also, this allows us to slow down. Because every now and then, as a teacher, you'll notice that it's super easy to go into lecture mode where you're just talking at them. You can't even recall the last time that they spoke. You can't even recall the last time that they raise your hand is because you are just over here talking. Depending on the environment. You can't even recall the last time that you faced the student because your back is facing them as you're facing the board writing all these formulas. Whenever you engage, strategic engagement with questions, you slow yourself down. Not only do you bring the students, but you bring yourself in as well. And this allows for communication of the topic at hand. 7. Answer Questions: I hate it when I will just get done explaining something. The student had questions for me. I would think you have questions for me. I'm over here explaining this topic so elegantly to you is so crystal clear. And you still have questions for me. I felt like I did something wrong. But over time, I started to understand that getting questions back is good. But there's a caveat. There's good questions and then there's bad questions. Which one do you want to hear about first? Bad questions, okay. Back questions are typically the types of questions that you can easily Google. They're pretty much definition questions. Let's say we just got done speaking about visualization. You gave a long lecture on that and the student asks you, what's visualization? This is an example of a bad question. But every now and then, depending on the scenario, it may be a good question. Some scenarios, a person is introduced to such a brand new definition that they need to be repeated a few times with the explanation to understand it. But overall, just for the general big picture, we'd like to think of easy to google questions as bad questions. But good questions are hyper targeted questions that you weren't even expecting. Imagine that you just gave this long lecture on visualization skills. And then the students says, a teacher, I've been practicing visualization for the past three weeks. But I notice anytime I tried to picture myself, I'm blurry. What gives and do you have any strategies to help me out? This is a unique question because this may have been something that you went through in the beginning stages as well. But you forgot that you faced this problem. By being asked such a hyper targeted question, you're bringing awareness to that faulty issue that you had and you realize that you had this issue, this person had this issue. That means that this can be something you add onto your curriculum in the future. Then you can also give a strategy. You could say something like, How about before you try to make yourself move in your mind, you try to have a picture of yourself that you simply try to recall or you can't even do that. How about you print a large picture of yourself large enough where the printed images head is roughly the size of your real head. You stare at that 15 minutes a day for three months. Over time, it will be much easier to recall that image. And over time, it'll be much easier to move that image. You are creating this compelling strategy from a question that you were asked by a student. You don't want to be one of those people that scoff at questions. You want to embrace questions. You want to cultivate a positive attitude regarding it, because it will allow you to enhance your curriculum and unlock your inner engineer. 8. Bonus Tip: The bonus tip is to practice. How exactly are you going to practice? Let's say you've watched this entire course and you don't even have any students, how are you going to even be asked questions in the first place? You create content. You can create content through podcasts, YouTube videos, through blogs, whatever. But you want to create content of some sort. At first, it could be something that's private as you're practicing and creating your voice. But over time, I recommend that you make it public. The reason you want to make it public is because number one, you're practicing explaining things. Number two, you're attracting a tribe. And number three, you're often going to be asked questions through DMs, through comments, and much more. The more that you create content, the more debt you start to understand where you stand on certain issues, it becomes much easier to view explaining things as a craft. No longer is it this blob of an event that you do? Occasionally? It's something that you do systematically. You do it similar to brushing your teeth. If you start a Twitter account, make it the intention to tweet every single day, just one tweet. Over time. The skillset source, a compound. It starts to become deadly. Even Africa that starts to happen is that you sort to cross combined different fields under your teaching umbrella. And you're not that boring teacher anymore. Instead, you're someone who knows a lot, who can meet other people where they are. Also, you can strategically engage them in a compelling way where you're fun. Not just explaining things in a boring way. You're unpredictable, is because you have been practicing creating content. That's what content is all about. It's about explaining things. It's not about doing stuff for likes, retweets, views, etc. It's about explaining things in a compelling way that showcases your creativity to the world. This bonus tip is all about creating compelling content and practicing the art of teaching. 9. Final Project: Now's the time for the class project. I want you to create a video about a topic that you know very well. This is a topic that you have theoretical, along with practical experience in. Your goal is to turn this topic from complex, too simple. And you're speaking to me and others who knows nothing about this topic. Teach it to me in a way where I understand the basic fundamentals and use simple delivery. Where every now and then you're using examples, you're using analogies, get creative with it. The goal is to make sure that I, the novice, understand this field well enough to get started in it. Once I am done interacting with your video. Once you're done with this video, I want you to post it in the class project section right on below. I look forward to hearing from you. If you enjoyed this class on teaching and you want to learn more about their monitors brand. Be sure to check out are monotonic.com where I dropped routine, blogs, videos, and podcasts talking about how to improve your communication skills monotonic.com. And thank you again for joining this class.