The first time I taught, I was one of 5 profs and grad students teaching intro to marketing. That experience, almost 30 years ago, taught me some great lessons:
- When you speak to an audience, know that you have something important to say, and you’re the right one to say it
- When on a team, learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Remain aware of the big picture and not only your role. Among my mistakes that semester was remaining ignorant of one of the lectures until the night I taught it.
- Accept happy accidents whenever you find them. When I struggled with that lecture, two students auditing the class told me that they just heard a lecture on the topic and coached me through the rest of the material
- It’s not “fake it ‘til you make it,” it’s “be it and you’ll see it.” And that was my first time being a marketing professor.
How about you? Do you have any lessons from long ago that you still turn to today?