The Importance of Teaching


You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

This past weekend I volunteered at a conference with student leaders and facilitated a discussion around five principles:

  • Knowing your why
  • Developing your EQ
  • Humble confidence vs. Ego
  • Asking better questions
  • Having clearly defined values

As we were going through the curriculum I felt at some points that I should be the student. I had a good grasp on all the principles, but had examples for the class on how I was in violation of each one in the past week or month. One example in particular where I disagreed with someone, and, instead of asking open ended questions to understand their point of view more I simply stated my disagreement. A poor display of EQ and asking better questions, indeed.

Right there is the beauty in teaching. It forces you to know the content and confront yourself before the group. It doesn’t need to be a formal experience, you could be in one on one conversation but the best way to cement a concept is to teach it to someone else!

Teacher by Musavvir Ahmed from the Noun Project

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