Teach Now, she said. So I did….

I can’t say what the impact of doing Jen Louden’s Teach Now course was on my IMG_0018students* but for me, it was profound.  Yup, that good.  And let me say right now that I don’t get commission nor am part of any plan when I rave here. This is pure I really loved it raving!

I’ve taught quite a lot in different capacities and love doing it.  I teach for months each year in Nepal and am doing more and more teaching here in Australia. Teaching/ sharing is becoming more and more part of what I do and I want to do it as well as I can.  As a chronic over provider and an introvert, I also wanted to teach well without feeling very anxious and exhausted afterwards.  And without exhausting or overwhelming students with my excitementIMG_0026 and passion!

When the 2014 Teach Now course started I was in Nepal with unreliable internet, no hope of being around for phone calls and months of travelling ahead of me.  Was the timing right I wondered? And yet, inside me I knew it was and even when Jen Louden sensibly replied with Only you know that to my Is this timing crazy? email, her realistic description of expectations and time required meant I knew I could embrace this.

I’d spent some money previously on some on line training and was very underwhelmed. This made me fearful to spend more but Teach Now was a great investment. It’s worth so much more than you pay and the results far IMG_0019exceeded my expectations.  It helped me so much as I prepared for perhaps the most ambitious teaching I have done (the 6 week course) and some of Jen’s thoughtful questions have revolutionised the way I prepare and determine what to include.  And…in my case very pertinently…what not to include.

From my perspective, my teaching was so much more joy filled and energising rather than draining. I knew how to replenish myself after a class but did not have that utterly spent feeling I used to get.  I came home with more and more ideas and I grew to love using my creativity in preparing classes.  I could go on. And on. Suffice it to say, anyone wanting guidance about how toIMG_0023 effectively communicate something they are passionate about should have a look at Teach Now.

*I am blessed with cracker students and they all made gorgeous things and humoured me when I did my raves about creativity. The photos are from the most recent one day workshop! Ola and Tracey, you were blurry sorry.  So nice to have a bloke there Clem!!!!

3 thoughts on “Teach Now, she said. So I did….

  1. Deb Hunt

    Wendy it’s your students who are blessed. You are the most inspirational, creative, patient and entertaining tutor and we could all learn from you. I do understand about those feelings of exhaustion and passion though. I ran several workshops on public speaking in London many years ago because I knew that if I could do it, anyone could. I used to HATE standing up in public and addressing an audience so I ran these all-day workshops to try and give other people tips on how to overcome their nerves – and I was a nervous wreck!!! We learn a lot with age, but it sounds like I could have done with that Teach Now course x

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    1. Wendy Moore

      Gorgeous Deb. Thank you. I think your comment about “if I could do it anyone could” holds a very big truth about inspiration. I often think that if people see someone who faces the daily struggles that they do trying to have a go at something, they are inspired to do it too. People know that I am not one of those super organised people for whom fitting creativity in is easy; they know I share their struggle and am really reporting is as someone also on the journey! Like you with your public speaking panic! Hope you are enjoying some post deadline day dreaming!

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