What a question! Who should we learn from? Of course, we should learn from the best. We should learn from those who are experts in their fields. This has been one of my criteria for selecting my teachers, coaches and mentors all these years.
I now realise I’ve overlooked another important criterion, which is whether the expert is a practitioner in his/her field of expertise. For example, I’d like a doctor to teach me how to read an MRI. I would first enquire if the doctor is still practicing medicine.
In my case, those who learn storytelling from me get the best results because apart from just teaching how to story-tell, a large part of the work I do is to help clients build their stories, and those who learn from me are able to learn from my wealth of experience in building stories for clients that make the change happen from them. So, before I am a teacher, I am a practitioner.
The knowledge economy is evolving rapidly, and the best way to stay current is to be a life-long learner and practitioner. This is especially true for those who are or aspire to be educators.
"I attended your story telling course some time back. And I've enjoyed keeping up my knowledge with your blog. You may not have realised however, that the Whole of Government is implementing Internet Seperation. Hence I'm not able to access the links to read your articles. Could I suggest including a QR code in your emails so that I can use my mobile to scan it and gain immediate access to the article? It would be most helpful"