There are many ways to teach people. Here on Inward Quest, we are afforded the opportunity to teach all the time, and most of the regular people here are darned good teachers!

What if I have something important I want to explain or convey to people? What is the most effective way to get my point across? What works?



asked 05 Dec '12, 08:19

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edited 22 Feb '13, 17:14

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It depends on the subject matter and the person you wish to teach. So, I need more info.

(05 Dec '12, 08:44) Fairy Princess

The most effecive way is to live what you are teaching and others who are ready to learn will be drawn to you.

Buddha said, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Let's also add in, "When the teacher is ready, the student will appear."

When you are living your teaching, you are congruent with the LOA.

When you decide that others are ready to learn and you then decide to teach them, you are in trouble!


answered 06 Dec '12, 06:19

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edited 06 Dec '12, 08:27

Yes, "importance" is of a subjective nature. Important to one, is not necessarily important to another.

So in other words Jai is asking, how do I make others understand it's as important as I see it or in other words,how do I manipulate them into seeing it as important.

If you must know, basic idea is to take something they value and connect it with whatever you wanna teach them. Then present it in such relation that your thing is determinant to theirs. They will deem it important afterwards.

(06 Dec '12, 06:40) CalonLan

@CalonLan - How can you know what is "important" to them? Each of us comes from our own frame of reference. At best, we can hallucinate from our frame of reference as to what we think the other person feels is important, but more often than not, we may be incorrect.

Boy scout comes home beaten up. Mother asks what happened. He says, "doing my duty helping an old lady cross the street, but she didn't want to go!"

HIS perception of what she wanted.

(06 Dec '12, 08:04) Dollar Bill

@Dollar Bill, but of course that's what I said. Importance is of a subjective nature. So you can't know that, not by guessing anyway. You can find out however. And then, when you know what they value and hold dear, you can take advantage of it and in the name of "love" or "god" or "a better world" launch yet another bloody crusade to which many will fall victim.

It's always the sword of righteousness that does the most harm.

(06 Dec '12, 08:10) CalonLan

@CalonLan - I agree. When we decide what someone else should do. We create strife and harm. We are on the same page here, just some different terminology.

Finding out their values can be done, but we must be very careful to not allow our own ideas of what they define as value to direct them.

There are many paths to the mountain top. As a therapist I have been very effective with people who came to me asking for my help. BUT when I saw someone doing something I considered dysfunctional

(06 Dec '12, 08:45) Dollar Bill

and offered them advice. They did not take it. So if people ask for my help, I may help them. Otherwise I try to keep my nose out of their business.

(06 Dec '12, 08:48) Dollar Bill

@Dollar Bill - Great answer! Indeed!

(06 Dec '12, 11:11) figure8shape
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"What is the most effective way to teach something new to someone?" The most effective way is the most simplest way. :)


answered 05 Dec '12, 12:25

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