Regardless of our formal role, position or job title, we are all, in many ways, involved in the learning sector and developing ourselves by helping others is just one of the fruits we obtain from our efforts.
The expression “The best way to learn something is to teach it to others” is often quoted in training circles. Indeed, the process of preparing to explain something to someone invariably begins with a period of self-study, preparation and reflection.
In this phase, we are able to connect the new material to our existing knowledge of the subject. And while teaching the information, new perspectives may be offered by the participants to further extend our understanding and development. Again, it is developing ourselves by helping others.
Helping others is not limited to formal teaching situations. It could occur through conversations, encounters, and in writing. Even a well-timed question might be enough for a person to gain insights previously never considered.
Developing ourselves by helping others is, of course, a mindset as much as an action. Being open to ongoing learning puts us in a position to take advantage of daily opportunities to grow and help others as a result.
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Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.
As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and performance matters.
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