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March 10, 2005

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John Scheerens

Mike,
Although it's not specifically pertinent to the subject of increasing business through teleclasses, two salient points you've made in the article I think are really important to anyone who wants to get better at something faster:

1) You want to get much better much quicker at something -- teach it. The process of teaching forces not only an increase of one's breadth of knowledge about the subject, but forces one to arrange the information in a useful, understandable manner that can be "communicated". Once one can adequately "communicate" information to others, an inexplicable transformation occurs that not only increases dramatically confidence, but sends out "you are the expert" vibrations to others. Additionally, standing up in front of a group teaching something, be that in person or virtually, you are going to want to put your best foot forward -- that in and of itself will push you to become as informed as possible, again increasing the impetus to pursue new information. A trick I suggest to quickly increase one's knowledge base is never let a class participant's question go unanswered -- when you don't have an answer (and everyone who's ever taught has the experiece), write that question down, find the answer, and most important, get back to the person who asked the question with the answer you've researced. Most of the time the person who asked the question is pleasantly surprised you bothered and it's win-win. Your credibility goes up, you now know something you didn't.

2) Waitinig until you "know enough" about the subject, have "it all together", are "adequately prepared", "have everying in order", "feel ready" or any of those other perfectly good reasons for not jumping in and getting started is a sure-fire formula for staying right where you are. Once you get the web site just right, or the power point slides exactly the way you want them, or the new suit properly taylored, or the perfect venue, there'll be some new reason to wait. "Getting started" gets you better at anything much, much faster than all the preparation in the world. Do it, and all your inequities will become very soon quite clear. Then you fix it on the fly, and keep learning and getting better. The more you work at it the better you get at it -- but ya have to get started. In my experience, getting started is at least 50% of succeeding at any goal or project -- maybe more.

Thanks for the article. There are so many positives that come from teaching others something you're good at beyond money, and you've articulated that very well indeed.

John Scheerens

Denise Wakeman

Mike, this is great information and a strategy I recommend (or really push) my clients to adopt to get the word out about their business or product. Thanks for sharing.

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