a rare bird...consult and teach/train
jerry at hytext.com
Sat Mar 25 19:29:32 EST 2006
Erik Hansen wrote:
> --- Dan Shafer <revolutionary.dan at gmail.com>
>> It's a rare bird who can
>> both consult and teach/train
> why is that?
As a consultant and teacher/trainer, I can answer that. Consulting
requires hard, analytical focus on problem, process, and solution. The
consultant's output is specific direction and procedures, typically
communicated on the consultant's preferred level, with his or her
preferred (paid-for, remember) methods. The objective is to deliver the
message, to change the recipient's projected path.
Teaching and/or training requires a soft, empathic focus on others'
skills and behaviors, along with a flexible ability to communicate on
someone else's level and channel. The objective is to inspire the
motivation to explore and integrate the message with the recipient's
Communication is the eliciting of a response. Effective communication is
the eliciting of a desired response. The consultant and the
teacher/trainer gear their communication for different responses, and
therefore develop and practice different methods. It's a rare bird who
can shift from one objective to the other smoothly, easily, without
disrupting the progress of the "objective of the moment".
---- Jerry Muelver
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