In the fourth episode of the What Sales Can Learn From Series, I chat with Matt Miller, a teacher, blogger and presenter.
Matt has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching.
In this clip, learn how Matt got into teaching in the first place:
Matt Miller: I was not your traditional education major in college. I wasn't the kid who lined up all their stuffed animals and taught lessons to them when they were five years old. That was not me. I was a journalism major in college and I thought beyond the shadow of a doubt, I was going to be a newspaper reporter or a newspaper editor. And I got into college, I did all the internships, I did all the things I was supposed to do, got out in the real world, got a job doing covering County government. I hated it. Hated it. You get out there and you realize something just is not for you. This job was not me at all.
Whenever I covered things in schools, whenever I went out and did stories about schools, I just always felt at home. I couldn't put my finger on why, but I felt at home in schools. My wife was a junior high social studies teacher. And so it was like one thing after another, I started to realize the thing I loved about journalism the most was coaching other writers, which is teaching.
So long story short, I went back to school, I started studying to become a teacher. I was in my own classroom full of students in less than a year. And so I was kind of like thrown to the wolves and trial by fire and all of that stuff. And it's been kind of a whirlwind experience to get me into it, but I'm so glad that I did.
Carole Mahoney: Yeah, and it's funny, it's a lot of times when I'm talking to sales managers, sometimes the reason that they get into sales management is that joy of seeing others learn. And for a lot of them though, they don't get to do enough of that. And they're inundated with the different things that they say that they should be doing, but not necessarily.
And I think that was the other thing you and I had in common too. We both initially went to college to go into journalism. I was firmly convinced I was going to be Lois Lane. I ended up somehow getting into marketing and then into sales. Don't ask me how I got there.
Matt Miller: Doesn't that make you cooler than Lois Lane now?
Carole Mahoney: I guess. Well, I've got the leather jacket to prove it, so hopefully.
Matt Miller: Nice. Yes.
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