I get this question all the time. In my role as a director of education my job was to identify, recruit, train and manage educators. Haircutters would approach me all the time (and still do) asking, How do I become and educator? The question was put forth as thought there was a single, simple answer, as if there was s check-off sheet. Do this thing or things, in this order and you will then receive a tap on the shoulder with a sword and you will be anointed as an educator. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are different paths. There are different destinations. Every potential educator candidate is a different individual bringing different things to the table.
Over the years I have developed a few general guidelines for prospective platform educators. Below are a few of the top tips I offer up when presented with the question. I hope those of you who aspire to be an educator can find some guidance and direction from my comments below.
What are you waiting for? If you want to be an educator, educate! – Haircutters seem to think they need to be picked, blessed to be an educator, or that some outside authority will confer upon them the status of educator, that they will be anointed. Odds are overwhelmingly high that will NEVER happen. If you want to be an educator, educate. Get busy doing what you claim you want to do. There are opportunities everywhere to be actively educating.
Pitch in to help train new cutters in your home shop. Do demos at a local school. Help out on the clinic floor at a school in your area. The most important thing you need to do is to get experience as an educator. Get buys educating.
Get busy posting videos to the web. Start your Youtube channel. This is a great way to begin to share. This is a great way to see how target audiences respond to your message. This is a great way to build your following and presentations skills.
Start blogging. Share your ideas, vision and concepts on the web. Post links in your social channels. Open a dialog in comments and feedback. This is not just preparation. This is educating. This is REAL.
Write a book. If you do not have that much material at first, write a pamphlet. This will help you solidify your ideas and structure your presentations. Pass, share or even sell this content to interested professionals and students. Give them away to coworkers and friends.
Posting pictures of haircuts to instagram is NOT educating. Commenting on other peoples content is not educating either. Stop engaging in self congratulation, back slapping and cheerleading, that is, unless you want to be a cheerleader.