After being in and out of IM for 11 years now I've found that there is an obvious difference in the way that some people are able to explain things to others. Some people were born with excellent communication skills, while others had to learn to communicate effectively.
Like most people I've bought several products over the years. Some were complete crap, some were fantastic and some had good content, but the individual trying to teach how to do what they were doing had "less than stellar" communication skills. Of course, I'm not going to call anyone out. That's not right, at least not in a public setting.
Some of the best products I've ever bought were from people who are either teachers now or used to be a teacher. A few that come to mind are Lee Mcintyre, Jenn Dize, Michael Gunn and Connie Ragen Green, just to name a few, though I must admit to only buying one of Connie's products.
Most teachers not only have great communication skills, but they're also organized and have the skill to structure content in a way that makes it easier to consume.
I recall one person that used to deliver all of their products in three different formats, PDF, video and audio - even on lower priced products. When I contacted them to express my appreciation I asked why they would do that? After all, many people to this day still deliver audio and video as upsells. Their reply was something like (paraphrasing) "people learn differently and they wanted to make sure that everyone who bought their product was able to consume the content in a way where it was easiest for them to understand."
I wish that everyone thought that way.
I was inspired to write this because I'm currently in a fantastic course that's jam packed with information from people that are actually in the trenches and doing what they're teaching. Unfortunately for me, I'm struggling with many of their teaching methods and it's making it difficult for me to understand without having to go through the information again and again.
Some people are obviously picking it up quickly and posting their successes, which makes it even more difficult to ask questions because you feel dumb - which I'm not.
Anyhow, I just wanted to share the main point and vent my frustration a bit.
Has anyone else noticed this or experienced this?