Teach everything you know

5a4758faa5ba6c1322bdfb0f6ebcf56c?s=47 Carl Alexander
February 19, 2016

Teach everything you know

These are the slides from a talk given at WordCamp Miami 2016.

Take a moment to think about who you trust online. What do they have in common? There’s a good chance that they thought you something valuable. That’s how you remember them and it’s also why you trust them.

That trust that you have in them can translate to different things. Sure, they might want to sell you something. But it doesn’t have. You might want to hire them to work on a project or your company because you respect their opinion. You might want to use their open source project because you trust their coding ability.

All these benefits came from teaching you something valuable. And the good news is that you can do this too! You have unique insights that you can share that can be of value to others. Are you ready to start!?

Perfect, then this talk is for you! It’ll look at some of the obstacles that you’ll face on your journey into teaching. You’ll see how you can overcome them so that you can start building trust online.

You can read the companion article at: https://carlalexander.ca/teach-everything-you-know/


Carl Alexander

February 19, 2016


  1. Teach ________________ you know everything

  2. Carl Alexander

  3. @twigpress

  4. carlalexander.ca

  5. Who you _______ online? trust

  6. What do they have in ____________? common

  7. They ________! teach

  8. They _______ on their blog write

  9. They _________ at WordCamps speak

  10. They ________ their code share

  11. That’s ______ you trust them why

  12. You want to _________________________ buy their products

  13. You want to _________________________ use their projects

  14. You want to ______________ hire them

  15. Just some of the _____________ of _____________ benefits teaching

  16. And you ______ do it too! can

  17. But it’s not without its _______________ obstacles

  18. Fear in a teacher’s world

  19. Teaching is scary at first

  20. We’re scared of sooo many things

  21. Each of them affects us in different ways

  22. Impostor Syndrome

  23. What is it?

  24. Fear of being exposed as a fraud

  25. Common among developers

  26. I’m living it as we speak right now

  27. "Who are you to teach this to other developers!?”

  28. "I've only spoken at four WordCamps.”

  29. "If this was important, someone else would have done it

  30. It’s hard to outrun these thoughts

  31. But it's often the best time to teach

  32. Why?

  33. You’re in the trenches

  34. It makes you authentic and relevant

  35. They want to know what you learned

  36. It gets harder the longer you wait

  37. None
  38. That’s why I’m doing this talk now

  39. Judgement everywhere Judgment,

  40. I’m scared of pressing "Post" on Facebook

  41. Publishing on your site is easy

  42. You're like Frodo who’s carrying the one ring

  43. No one suspects you have it!

  44. Posting online changes that

  45. It’s like putting it on in Mordor

  46. None
  47. The evil of the internet can see you now

  48. That's how I feel each time anyhow

  49. I’m scared of being misunderstood

  50. I’m scared of being called out

  51. I’m scared of being hated

  52. Impostor syndrome feeds on these fears

  53. Public speaking magnifies them

  54. People are judging you in real time

  55. You can’t run away once you started

  56. Mastering your fears

  57. Can you master your fears?

  58. Fear is like love and hate

  59. We learn to manage it

  60. How?

  61. You face them over and over

  62. Until the feeling is familiar

  63. Easier said than done

  64. Example:
 Public speaking

  65. Speak at WordCamps

  66. Speak at meetups

  67. Speak at your office

  68. First time is the scariest

  69. Next time is a bit better

  70. Keep the ball rolling

  71. Forget the magic bullet

  72. It's about taking small steps

  73. Questions?

  74. Building teaching habits

  75. Let’s look at your favorite teacher

  76. They produce content regularly

  77. They create blog posts

  78. They create YouTube videos

  79. They create podcast episodes

  80. What they produce isn’t important

  81. It’s that they produce it regularly

  82. They never end the week with nothing

  83. But

  84. One does not simply start a new habit

  85. So what can you do about it?

  86. Start small

  87. My first writing goal: 1000 words a day

  88. That was a horrible goal!

  89. I didn’t like writing that much

  90. We always think we can handle more

  91. Break things down into tiny habits

  92. New writing goal: 100 words a day

  93. Large enough that I had something

  94. Small enough that I could finish easily

  95. Small enough that I could do more

  96. Small enough that I could grow the habit

  97. Train your willpower

  98. Willpower is often seen as well

  99. We imagine a resource that we can get more of

  100. Willpower is closer to a muscle

  101. It fatigues as you use it during the day

  102. We do worse when it doesn't recover

  103. Start small to tax it less

  104. Repeat every day to increase its strength

  105. Practice until no willpower needed

  106. Let’s you add new habits without losing the old ones

  107. Learning to pick yourself back up

  108. Things won’t go well all the time

  109. We have off days

  110. The idea of all-or-nothing is a recipe for disaster

  111. You need a plan for the off days

  112. Example: Writing every day

  113. What happens when you go on vacation?

  114. Please don’t stop going on vacation!

  115. Plan for these situations

  116. You could write in the morning

  117. Avoid taking more than a day off

  118. It goes downhill after that

  119. Questions?

  120. Knowing your students

  121. Teacher help their students be successful

  122. Who do you want to teach to?

  123. Always a good question to ask yourself

  124. Do you want to help your ideal clients

  125. Do you want to help theme designers

  126. Do you want to help BuddyPress users

  127. It's tempting to teach to everyone

  128. It often leads to the worse results

  129. Your teaching becomes generic and unmemorable

  130. It applies to everyone but doesn't help anyone

  131. Finding your audience

  132. You need a specific audience that you can help

  133. There’s no right way to pick an audience

  134. Pick an audience based on your goals

  135. It’s ok to not know either

  136. There’s no “right” audience

  137. Start teaching and see where it leads you

  138. Know where they hang out

  139. This is where knowing your audience helps

  140. Where do they hang out?

  141. It could be in a Facebook group

  142. It could be in a subreddit

  143. It could be in a Slack channel

  144. It could be in a forum

  145. Invaluable sources teaching material

  146. Listen to their problems

  147. Teach them how to solve them

  148. You even know where to share it!

  149. Staying in touch

  150. Knowing our audience often isn’t enough

  151. You need to build a bond with them

  152. Potential students come from anywhere on the internet

  153. They come once and often never return

  154. Email is the best way to fix that

  155. But no one gives out their email just like that

  156. It’s why you see exit popups asking for your email

  157. Websites hope they taught you something valuable

  158. So you’re willing to giving them your email

  159. You should ask your students for their emails

  160. Getting it means that they care about your teaching

  161. But don't ask for their email and never email back

  162. Your students will forget that you exist

  163. Try to keep in touch every few weeks

  164. Ignore most of this

  165. I wanted to teach a topic that no one talked

  166. I was passionate about teaching it

  167. But I had no potential students

  168. But I had no hang out spots

  169. But I had no questions to answer

  170. I decided to pitch my tent anyways

  171. This goes against everything mentioned to you so far

  172. It's possible to do it

  173. It's just a lot harder

  174. Staying in touch is even more important

  175. Closing __________ thoughts

  176. This takes a lot of ______ work

  177. Every _________ was a __________ at some point teacher beginner

  178. The ____________ is they ________ started difference

  179. There’s no _____ time to ______ start right

  180. It’s your _______ speaking fears

  181. That _________ doesn’t ______ moment exist

  182. You’ll have to ______ the ______ make jump

  183. Thank you!

  184. Any ______________? questions