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When you’re writing free reprint articles, it’s important to remember that you play the role of teacher rather than sales person. Your articles are meant to educate, and that can be a big change for some people who are only used to making direct sales pitches.

It also occurs to me that not everyone is a natural teacher. I love to teach, but I know many gifted and knowledgeable people who “go blank” when they’re asked to teach what they know.

If that’s you, then don’t worry–you can learn how to teach.You’re probably doing it already in other areas of your life without even realizing it.

For example, if you have kids, then you’ve taught them things. You’ve taught them how to tie their shoes, how to check for cars before crossing the street, and how to make the bed. If you have a dog, then most likely you’ve taught him to sit and perhaps how to walk on a leash.

You might not think of these natural teaching moments in your life as actual teaching, but they are, and you can learn to teach through your articles. Here are some simple tips to help you get started…

Empathize with your reader.

If you know how to learn, then you can learn how to teach. Sometimes people are excellent students, and but they falter when it comes time for them to teach someone else what they know.

I think a huge component of teaching is empathizing with others. Think back to how you felt when you were in the dark on a certain topic. You felt vulnerable, perhaps. Many times people feel very uncomfortable when they launch into a new field. Maybe you felt excited and eager (perhaps too eager!), and wanted to learn everything all at once. Maybe you felt overwhelmed because you did not naturally understand some of the concepts that you were trying to learn.

Instead of learning what you need to know and then moving on and disowning your previous vulnerability, you can use it to help others. You know how they feel, and you can help them in ways that you wish that you were helped.

Think about the things that confused you when you were starting, and set out to teach those more confusing topics to your readers.

Think about the simple concepts that made the most difference in your understanding, and highlight those. It takes a little effort to think back to what you were thinking and feeling when you started out as a beginner in your field, but your journey back in time will help you to teach.

Keep it simple.

As someone new to teaching through your articles, I suggest that you focus on teaching beginners. Beginners are likely the largest population of your viewers anyway.

Start by assuming no knowledge–it helps to err on the side of explaining too much rather than too little. If there are technical terms associated with your niche, then explain them. Don’t assume that everyone knows what they mean.

Don’t try to cover too much content in one article–it’s okay to cover a small subject thoroughly.

At first, focus on explaining the basics about you niche. Are you a business coach? Then explain what a business coach does and how he or she helps clients. Are you a web designer? Then explain what a web designer does and how people work with him or her. You get the idea–don’t assume that people know what your job is. They may very well need someone in your position, but they don’t know it because they don’t know what someone in your occupation does.

Use verbal illustrations.

With free reprint articles, we don’t have the benefit of including pictures and diagrams with our articles. Instead, we need to paint our illustrations with words. Here’s how to create a verbal illustration:

You use something that is familiar to explain something that is unfamiliar. I did that a lot in this post I wrote explaining what a link is.

I started by saying that a link is a means of connecting one webpage to another.

It’s hard for a beginner to visualize that though, so I took the imagery out of the internet world. I said that websites are like islands and a link is like a bridge that connects two islands.

A bridge gets people from one island to another, just like a link gets people from one webpage to another.

See, you take something familiar and use it to explain something new.

When teaching people, it really helps to use examples (verbal illustrations), to state things as simply as possible, and to put yourself in your reader’s shoes. Teaching is an art form, and you’ll find that you get better the more articles you write.

What is your favourite teaching technique?




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