Teaching: I realized why I love it, and why I really need to do more of it.
I was never really sure why. I just knew it was something I'd probably really enjoy. I'd done enough of training and presenting at conferences over the last many years that I knew I really enjoy getting up in front on a crowd. I'd also guest lectured occasionally and recruited enough to know I really enjoyed interacting with students.
Then in April, I ended up lecturing at 3 schools - Chicago, Stanford and the University of Michigan. The topics were completely different at each of the schools, and I left each lecture exhilarated. In two of those cases, I was also exhausted - but that's another story. :-)
There were a few reasons why:
- The creative itch: This applies to presentation of this type in general. but the foreword of this book really summed it up. The author taught a class because he was clear that it helped him scratch a creative itch that he had that his job as a lawyer didn't.
- The subject matter: In each of these cases, I felt like I knew a lot about the things I was going to lecture on, but each still required some preparation and research on my part. I still love the process of putting it all together. And of course, I took up to the very last minute to noodle on the material.
- The audience: There's something about talking to people that are still in school that I really respond well to - perhaps it's because they're so focussed on learning or that they're trying to improve themselves, but the audience really gets me pumped.