Teaching is a critical element of relationship, being valuably useful, and being sticky. Most teaching, however, isn’t formal (here are the learning objectives), it’s informal.

Don’t “do teaching,” be a teacher

Tasks are something you do. You block out time, and then you probably run out of time. Being a teacher takes the guts to believe that your unique way of seeing and expressing the world is valuable for someone else. You’ve got something to give when you show how you’ve connected the dots.

Look for the teachable moments

Hardly a day goes by where some situation doesn’t give you a chance to notice something that should be remembered. I’ll spare you a deep dive into attention and perception because you already know this to be true: We can learning, intentionally, to notice stuff.

Increase your mastery with neighborhood switching

When you’re in the moment, extending your helpfulness beyond your physical place is a critical part of reaching and leadership. Don’t “do social media.” Share with real people who are connected to you in other ways.

Find and work system for time shifting for them

Sometimes the people you want to connect to your teachable moment might be better reached than at the moment you ready to share. Examples: You want to share on Facebook that would be interesting to your connections in Europe, but it’s the middle of the night there. I like Buffer for this, and while I’ve not used it, I’m intrigued with Boomerang for the same reason.

Find and work system for time shifting for you

Sometimes you need to share your learning in a way that gives you a chance to sharpen it up or flesh it out. Example: Something strikes you, you’re all alone, and it’s more deserving of a blog post. For me, it’s often when I’m driving down the road. Solution? Voice-activation on my phone lets me take a note or send myself an email.