What do teaching and marketing have in common?

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The short answer is: a lot!

The long answer is that they have more in common that most would think. However while teaching is viewed as a mostly altruistic act, marketing has a bad name for being pushy and forcing products on people. The reality is that both teaching and marketing want to achieve the same result. A teacher wants the student to accept (learn) an idea or piece of fact while marketers want the customer to accept (buy) a product or service. Marketing is most often associated with spending money while teaching is considered an act to help the student acquire knowledge.

Teachers rarely (consciously) use marketing tactics to accommodate learning while many marketers have realized the power of providing information while also accommodate the selling of products. Infomercials are perfect examples of that.:

An infomercial is a form of television commercial that resembles regular TV programming[1] yet is intended to promote or sell a product, service or idea……Most often used as a form of direct response television (DRTV),……[4][5] Infomercials are also known as paid programming (or teleshopping[6] in Europe).….

While the term “infomercial” was originally applied only to television advertising, it is now sometimes used to refer to any presentation (often on video) which presents a significant amount of information in an actual, or perceived, attempt to promote a point of view. …” /From Wikipedia/

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Teachers could also benefit from thinking more along the lines of marketing if they want to successfully convey knowledge. Some practises that could help are:

  • Relating to the usability of the knowledge/How this knowledge can be used later on.
  • Nice packaging (relatable text, nice graphics, gamification, etc.)
  • Give points and rewards.
  • Make it accessible for a wider audience.
  • Use thought leaders and role models.

These are just a few tips on how to think more as a marketer to achieve higher results.

#News: new study on bilingualism

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A new study by New York University scientists found that our brains have an in-built sharing and combining mechanism for words which is ideal for developing bilingualism.

Read about it here: Study by NYU

#Review: book on productivity: The 80/20 Principle -Richard Koch

Cover is from Goodreads.com

I love everything that has to do with productivity so I was eager to dive into this rather unusual and strange concept but I quickly realized that the author takes this one little mindset shift to the extreme up to the point that he wants to apply it to everything and everywhere. It seems to lack an understanding of a wide range of customer and (human in general) behaviours and psychology. Yes, data is good but interpretation should be the focus.

My Goodreads review: “Interesting argument on productivity from a very data driven point of view. The problem is that it suggests extreme usage of this principle. It’s way too simplified to use in a variety of situations and it’s lacking real adaptability in the online business world. This book is more suitable for offline businesses and factories with physical products. All in all it’s an interesting book on a ‘principle’ that can change how we use our time and energy but it should not be used all the time everywhere to the extreme.

The gist: a new way of looking at business data and productivity.

The problem: the application of the principle is too extreme.

Conclusion: if you’re interested in productivity theories this book can give you a new way of looking at how you spend your time and energy but the principle should be applied with care and only in certain situations.

Share your thoughts! Do you like this book? Do you use this ‘principle’?

How to quickly edit audio for online lessons III. background sound and music

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This is the third part of my “How to quickly edit audio for online lessons..”

Find here part1 and part2.

Find legal sounds and background music for your lessons:

freesound ––background noises, nature sounds and instrumental music

free music archive—creative commons licensed music for your projects.

List of CC licensed music—list of online resources to find free and legal music for your audio and video projects.

Always check the licence before using any music for your lessons even if you just intend to use them as an educator.

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