February 10, 2019

7 Community Members Who Might Make Great Instructors

You may be interested in sharing your skill but feel unsure whether or not you have something to contribute. These seven types of community members are some of the people we’ve found to be a wealth of knowledge and know-how. If you fit in one of these groups, consider how you can help your community grow through skill-sharing!

Artists are often passionate about what they create, and many artists have had excellent training, whether formal or informal. Consider passing those skills forward and sharing with those around you. Having a willing audience ready to listen to you gab about your favorite subject isn’t a bad way to spend an evening!

Librarians tend to be one of the most underused and invaluable resources in a community. Sure, people think you are quiet and perhaps less than social, but we know that isn’t always the case! If someone asks a librarian for information on a subject they are passionate about, librarians have plenty to say, and they aren’t worried about making some noise if they necessary! Not only do you often have a lot of knowledge on lots of different subjects because you are a typically well-read, well-connected group, but you have a world of knowledge at your disposal. Don’t underestimate your skill-sharing superpowers!

Newspaper Reporters and Editors, like librarians, are well-connected. You know how to research, and you know where to find information. You are a great resource for classes, not only in writing and editing but also in any hobby you may already be a participant. Consider sharing your skills. Lots of people, as you know, want to write well. Teaching classes on writing memoirs, writing business letters, and communication at work on in personal lives could be so valuable to your community. You’re a fountain of information! Share that wealth!

Historians get a bad rap. You are sometimes considered dry and dusty by the general public, and people may rarely appreciate the knowledge you have, but at Clascity.com, we know a great resource when we see one! The great thing about Historians is that you often know not only the names and dates of a certain time, but the recipes, the way of home and work life from a certain era, and what popular music and dances were going around during the time of your specialty. These aspects can appeal to so many! Consider doing classes like “Recipes from the Civil War Era”, or from a specific culture. Like artists, you can share details of  art from a specific time period or people group. Don’t restrict yourself. The possibilities are endless! Show those non-historians what you’re made of, and let’s give historians the chance to get the credit they deserve!

Many Teachers and Professors are obviously, some would say, great at being instructors for skill-sharing classes. The amazing thing about skill-sharing, though, is the low-key atmosphere and the independence to teach what you want, when you want, and how you want. Having worked as both, I can tell you that the thrill of forming a class about my own hobbies is intoxicating, and the freedom to choose every detail about a class I form is exhilarating. There are no “standards”, no testing, no hoops to jump through (unless you’re teaching an acrobatics class), and no board watching over your shoulder. It’s you and your class, learning and working together about something you mutually love. There’s nothing better!

Members or Leaders of Clubs are often great class leaders. Sometimes people are a little intimidated to join a club, and a class labeled for beginners may feel like a better fit. Not only are you able to share your knowledge and skills, but you may be able to grow your club membership this way!

Business and Service Professionals often feel intimidated about leading a class, especially if they are professionals in areas like technology, finance, or technical skills, but there really is a need for your services. You may even think it would hurt your business to teach people to do what you do.

Research shows, though, that offering a class on one or two things that non-professionals in your area can do on their own will actually increase your customer base. It’s advertising at its best! Think of it this way: there will always be people who want to do their own repairs, cut their own hair, and reprogram their own computer.

You’re tapping into that DIY market, not necessarily the market of people who already come to you for your services. In addition, you’re proving to those DIY folks that not only what you do as a professional is probably a lot more difficult and advanced than they thought, but also that you know what you’re doing. Trust is hard to earn with that market, but spending time with you may just convince them to let you handle the majority of the job.

This isn’t a complete list! If you don’t see your gig here, don’t let that stop you! If you love doing something, chances are fairly good that someone else near you will too. Give it a try today! Join Clascity.com and teach with us!