And so, the rhythm of the fall has begun....
In addition to my Day Job, which continues to be very exciting, engaging and deliciously complex, and in addition to the privilege I have as serving as Chairman of Common Angels, my emotional touch point of value continues to be teaching at MIT and Tufts. Now, fully back in the flow, with half day classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, the excitement builds as we move through the next 12 weeks.
I've been teaching at MIT, where I'm a lecturer, for 17 years now, and at Tufts, where I'm a professor, for 7. A lot of people me a couple of questions:
- Why do you teach?
- What's it like?
First, I was never "trained" as a teacher. Not at BC as an undergrad, not at Chicago as a graduate student. The only "training" in teaching that I ever had was with the Peace Corps in a three month, total immersion, 18-hour-a-day, boot camp-like experience before we were shipped out. As usual with the governnent, the preparation of student teaching in inner-city schools in Syracuse in the dead of winter, while living in campus housing, didn't quite translate that well to living in northern Tanzania near the Serengeti with daily temps at 100 plus.
But I loved the experience. To this day, I remember many of my students' names and continue to communicate with some. And, last year, I received a call from the State Department because one of my ex-students is now the Minister of Defense of Tanzania and wanted to meet with me when he came to Washington.
Why do I teach, and why should you consider doing the same?
- I teach because I'm scared
- I'm more than comfortable in the new world order of marketing
- I study harder in the field, than I ever have for anything
- I constantly devour marketing blogs, articles, and books
- I learn from the greats like Mike Volpe at Hubspot and David Scott
- I now think about marketing in pretty much everything that I do.
- I need to learn a lot more
- I need to make sure that I stay on the top of my game
- Actually, I learned that I needed to play an entirely new game
- I need to be around younger people
- I need to learn more about _________
- You obviously have important skills.
- It does take a fair amount of prep time outside the classroom
- There is a significant need on campus for your "real-life" experience