So there I was jogging down the road listening to the 4 Hour Chef on audiobook when I was stuck by an idea that stopped me in my tracks. Tim was describing how former number 1 ranked surfer, Brad Gerlach, taught him how to pop up on a surfboard from 9000 miles away via Skype.
I thought to myself, ‘wow that is great but we aren’t all celebrities like Tim Ferriss and able to call up number one ranked surfers and have them agree to teach us. How can the rest of us find experts willing to share their knowledge?’ This is where the idea for an online marketplace that connects students and teachers was born. I called it SkillsChat.com. Actually, that is not entirely true, there were many other names that were ahead on the list but all of them were taken so SkillsChat is what stuck.
Whether you were a regular user of Google Helpouts, or only used it once or twice; chances are you have heard that as of April 20, 2015 this service will no longer be available. Since 2013, Helpouts has been available to help connect people with the experts they need to answer their questions. So, now that it is no longer going to be available; what should you do? Don’t worry, Helpouts is not the only coaching website out there; in fact there are others just as good if not better then Helpouts such as SkillsChat which ranks number one on our list.
What is SkillsChat?
SkillsChat is a one of a kind coaching website similar to Google Helpouts that offers help to students who need it. Students who need extra help and teachers that want to provide their expertise are paired together to provide an educational coaching website that brings students and teachers together when it is convenient for them both. Students can choose from a variety of subjects to request assistance such as language, mentorship, math, computers, financial, computers, music, games and much more.
Teachers can sign up for a free profile where they can set the rates they request for their expertise as well as the hours they are available. Students simply log on, choose the subject area they are interested in and choose a time slot open on the preferred teachers profile page. Students then make a one-time payment with PayPal and the two are connected on Skype or any other platform agreed upon by the teacher and student. Within moments you can provide Skype Lessons to a student in need of assistance.
Benefits of SkillsChat
Teach What You Are Passionate About – When you choose SkillsChat, you can choose what subject you want to offer assistance in. For example, if you love to play the violin and have always wanted to teach others how to play then sign up under the music subject to provide private lessons to students anywhere which can really expand your reach and provide you with the ability to touch lives all around the globe.
Earn Extra Income to Teach What You Love – All you have to do to earn some extra income is to provide ‘one on one’ private chat Skype lessons with students interested in learning the subject which you are passionate about. Choose the subjects that you love and can offer expertise advice and we will pair you with students from around the world that are in need of your services. Best yet, they are willing to pay to chat with you about your area of expertise.
Affordable Student Tutoring – SkillsChat makes specialized tutoring an affordable option for students across the globe with their affordable Skype lessons that pair the educational needs of the student with a qualified teacher that can show them the ropes. Whether you want to learn a foreign language, how to play an instrument of simply need help extra help with your math homework on a lesson you just don’t understand; you can get the Skype lessons you need at an affordable rate when you choose SkillsChat.
As you can see, Google Helpouts may have been your favorite because you did not know about this other popular coaching website that can bring students and teachers together like never before. We are sure that once you check out SkillsChat, you will soon forget all about Google Helpouts closing down.
We are all familiar with those Myers Briggs tests that many of us had to take in school. These tests are interesting but they really aren’t that useful in helping you become a success. Most personality tests measure how you see yourself, not how the world sees you.
While listening to the podcast Entrepreneur On Fire, I heard about a new personality test called the Fascination Advantage Assessment. It attempts to measure how others see you when you are at your best. The goal of this is that if you can identify what you do well and maximize that; then you can be much more effective speaker, coach, leader, etc.
When you are acting in your natural state and doing what you do well then you come across as relaxed and energetic which is exactly what you want to portray to your students or colleagues. In addition when you are being your natural self you feel more connected and everything seems to come easier.
I took this test and found it to be pretty accurate. It said that my archetype is a combination of Mystic and Innovation, which I thought was right on. I am most comfortable sitting in the back of a meeting, listening and analyzing and then coming up with new solutions.
The test also helps to identify your “dormant” area, which is a trait that does not come as naturally. When you are using this trait you will look awkward and appear to struggle; which is because you will feel awkward and less connected. You have to expend way more mental energy in this task then you would do what you do well.
The test identified my dormant trait as “trust.” Which means that in situations where I have to gain someone’s trust, I have a hard time. This isn’t to mean that I am not trustworthy, it is just that when I think through concepts I tend to skip a lot of steps and go directly to what I think is the most reasonable solution. It becomes uncomfortable when I have to try to explain that to someone else. Which is a little like when you were a kid in school and the teacher made you show your work.
As a teacher, if you know that your archetype includes passion then you should work on doing more of that. Let your passion shine through in your teaching, you will come across more natural and feel more at ease while doing it. It may seem like this is a fancy way of saying “be yourself” but actually it is saying “be your best self.” Emphasize what you do best and don’t worry about the rest.
If you would like to find out your archetype for free, the go to www.howtofascinate.com/you
Enter the code “fire” where it says, “book code.”