The Impact of High-Value Teaching

When teaching, how flexible are you?

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As a six sigma master black belt for Cintas Corporation, Chris McGill is a teacher and coach at heart. In this video, he talks about the difference between being rigid and flexible when teaching. According to Chris, without adaptability, the instruction can end up not speaking to what the group or individual is truly hoping to learn.

“I find the best teachers are the ones that can adapt to the situation at hand,” says Chris. “If you can learn to adjust on the fly based on the context of what conversations are happening, then I think that is a much better experience."

Watch this video to gain insight into teaching with the correct balance between rigidity and adaptability.

I find the best teachers are the ones that can adapt to the situation at hand. If you know the class, you have this much material to teach and you sense from the class they're not getting it, or they need to go in a different direction, or conversation takes you in a different way, then allow yourself to do that. Allow yourself to adapt your material, your content, sacrifice everything for the sake of your audience and the people you're trying to reach.

If you can learn to, in the moment, adjust on the fly based on the context of what conversations are happening, then I think that is a much better experience. And it is a challenge because it can come off, and I typically say this, it can come off as an epic fail or it can go really well. And I'm willing to take that risk but for the sake of the audience, and what they need for learning.

We all have the same amount of currency in terms of time. Time, no one else gets any more than anyone else and so when you actually spend time with someone else and pour your life into somebody else, that is huge. But if it's done poorly, there are too many cases that I've seen of lost hours, lost parts of your life you'll never get back due to poor teaching and poor engagement, and it's so rampant, and it's unfortunate. Whereas it could be a good meeting, it could be a great session, but done poorly, everyone is left without the proper knowledge and excitement, and encouragement or energy that they could have had if it were taught well.

I try to continue to ask myself, "Would I want to sit through my own training?" If I answer the question, "No," that's a problem. I actually ask that myself a lot because I want to make sure that it's relevant, that it's engaging, and I continue to challenge myself to make sure that it is.
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Chris McGill

Chris McGill is a passionate teacher of all things process improvement related. His fun and engaging communication style helps him inspire people to make their world better. 

He currently works as a master bla...

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