Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others

Hey there!

I’ve heard from several different input vectors a recurring theme: someone is so happy they learned something from me, they were able to easily share it with others.

I appreciate that, but I need to point out that the opposite might be more truthful: you shared it with others, and that deepened the learning.

Here’s how that can work for you.

(Click/tap ↑↑↑↑↑↑ that red YouTube button to subscribe to my channel. You’ll get notified when I release new videos.)

Hope this helps!


All Episodes

One Step At A Time

Five Ways To Have An Excellent Coffee Date With Me

Five Ways To Have A Crappy Coffee Date With Me

Taking Advantage Of The Wisdom Of The Tribe

How To Be A World Class Complainer

The False Nobility Of The Struggle

Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change

“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”

Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating

The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired

Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!

Don’t Confuse Price With Value

Whiteboards In The Hallways

Go Wake Up Your Luck

Playing and Planning

The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon

10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.

The Curse of Knowledge

The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions

Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers

“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”

Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths

How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

The Problem In Every Commercial Script

The Job In Every Commercial Script

The Secret In Every Commercial Script

How To Pick Your Stage Name

Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.

Helping Make Resolutions Stick

ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly

Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?

Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”

Are You Engaged?

Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer

Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others

Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like

The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator

My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips

What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well

Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops

Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New

Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management

How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)

A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself

Ready, Shoot…Aim

How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer

How Lazy Can You Be?

Avoid The Struggle Porn

The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe

Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”

Making Your Links Irresistible

HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You

The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME

The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully

How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever

“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”

Killing Customers With Kindness

I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About

How I Answered’s Inquiry

Turning Mountains Into Molehills

Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package

Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.

The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment

I Don’t Want To Go Blind

What Fair Markets Are, And Why Isn’t One

Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness

Getting Ready vs. Getting Started

You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard

There Is No Failure, Only Feedback

Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?

73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears

If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP

Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info

One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS

The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy

The Gig Economy: RIP?

For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.

Celebrate Your Isolation!

Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought

Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap

The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism

The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds

Prioritizing…Nashville Style

Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?

Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter

How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics

Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?

Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook

Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr

Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?

“Young People Are Just Smarter.”

The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam

Beware Of Overkill

Laying Down The Perfect Slate

An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?

10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)

AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning

Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success

A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”

Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?

What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?

Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s

I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy

Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily

Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty

The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging

Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?

Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack

Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More

Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads

One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is

The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1

Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?

Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend

Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial

American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing

Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up

Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.

Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You

3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of

3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of

Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.

Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For

What’s Your Imprint?

Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies

Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers

A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters

Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality

Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.

Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery

A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t

Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.

How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.

Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything

Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly

Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube

What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.

Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper

Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?

Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair

Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off

Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should

Wait, What? Audacity Records In The Background?!

Enjoy Your First Booking. Pay Close Attention To The Next Three.

Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over

Do You Still Have A Landline? Is It POTS? Wait, What’s POTS?

Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits

Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO

What Is The Overton Window?

How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress

Even The Bible (And Game Of Thrones) Has One-Star Reviews

How Much Is Enough To Make Per Hour?

With Royalty Share Plus, ACX Makes Hybrid Stipends Official

Wait, Vices Can Be Good For Your Health?

What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO

I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get

You Don’t Need Permission To Care Or Contribute

It’s Not Just You. It’s The Superstars, Too.

Do You Sometimes Think Irrationally? Maybe. Here’s How To Stop It.

The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over

How My VAs Support Me And My Team

What Exactly Is “The Cloud?”

The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach

Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.

Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing

Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing

One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman

The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category

What Can We Grab From A Schedule This Strict?

Get Better At Executing Today’s Plan By Starting Last Night

How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names

Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible

I’m Halfway Finished. What Have You Valued Most? What Can I Do Better?

Our Digital Attention Span Is Incredibly Brief

“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.

Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement

Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication

The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?

Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters

Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular

On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do

How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”

One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain

Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz

10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck

Seek/Give Mentorship That’s Appropriate To The Journey

Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”

Having Fun With Headphone Volume

Please Stop Rushing To Perform

Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu

One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom

For The Sheer Joy Of It

The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!

What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About

Please, Clever Copywriters…Stop Using This Term

Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!

Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice

How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices

What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success

Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge

Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates

O. M. G. Look What Matt Zurbo Did!

So Where Will That Huge Facebook Fine End Up?

The Root Words of “Typecast”

Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make

Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work

200 Auditions. 1 Booking. A Ghost. Really?

I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day

One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility

Do Networking Events Make You Anxious? Let’s Fix That.

Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.

The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?

Too Late, Melissa. You Already Are.

Help Me Solve A Lovely Mystery!

Speeding Up The Playback On The Audible App

Why Those Other Casting Sites Usually Aren’t Worth It

Raw YouTube Captioning

hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and it’s a rainy night here in Los
Angeles one of those rare things where
you actually do get rain in Southern
California it’s been crazy and as we
leave this weekend and head into the new
week we shall not speak of the Super
Bowl will we I’ll be ok it’ll be fine
anyway got a couple of emails in the
last couple of days that were very
complimentary I very much appreciate
getting emails on these videos and one
of them was like wow it’s like when you
talk about something you really get deep
and understand and and are good at
explaining and so on and I got another
email to kind of tied in with that about
somebody having listened to one of my
audiobooks and I’m not humble bragging
I’m just saying what I got and they
really liked what I did and I think one
of the reasons that I am I’m good at
what I do and one of the reasons I’m
really good at what I do is that I teach
it to others not everybody has this
opportunity but I am going to use this
video to beg you to do something that
will be quietly useful to you as well as
a wonderful thing to do so there was a
famous philosopher Seneca not an
indigenous American but a Roman
philosopher named Seneca who said while
we teach we learn and there’s been a lot
of research that says you know it’s
great to study and read books or take
classes you know watch videos research
things on the internet even have a
mentor who can help you but when you
really want to dive deep into something
when you really want to get into the the
meat of it and understand it deeply and
get even better and better and better at
it the way to do that is really simple
and that is teach it to somebody else
now they have done amazing research on
this there’s a something called the
protege effect I read about this a few
years ago a
protege effect means that students who
have people other students that they’re
mentoring even little kids learn better
and learn deeper when they teach it to
their protégées than they do if they
just simply learn for their own benefit
if they’re just learning it on their own
and they take a test maybe they’ll you
know they’ll get an A on it maybe
they’ll retain it maybe they won’t but
the moment you have to explain it to
somebody else or show them examples of
how something works man things just like
stick and you get this added benefit of
the questions that people ask you
because you start to round out and
deepen and find the edges and find the
shape of what you’re learning and in
turn what you’re teaching because it’s
not just your perspective it’s the
perspective of the person that you’re
dealing with and so here’s my admonition
to you and I’d love for you to tell me
what you think about this in the
comments below if you know something it
doesn’t have to be acting it doesn’t
have to be performing doesn’t have to be
voiceover maybe you know woodworking or
you know how to use Excel or whatever it
is whatever the the specialty is that
you want to just hone in on something
and see if either creating a class for
yourself or creating some instruction
online is worth you doing or even better
how about going to an elementary school
or a middle school or high school and
offering your services as a tutor for
the kids as a professional especially if
it’s one of these things that you do for
a living you know if you know how to do
something in particular for a living
even if it’s a sophisticated thing
because say you’re really good at
business you know you’re good at certain
parts of business Junior Achievement
kids in high school Future Farmers of
America there’s all kinds of civics
oriented and business oriented groups
that would benefit from your skill what
if you decided okay I’m gonna take a
page out of David’s playbook and I’m
gonna go teach this to somebody I’m
gonna volunteer at the school I’m gonna
volunteer at a community center or
volunteer at Boys and Girls Clubs and
teach what you know it’s going to be
amazing what happens to
your experience and connection with that
knowledge now what I’d love for you to
do tell me in the comments below just
say whether this is something that
you’ve found to be true in your life
give me examples of things that you’ve
taught others that you’ve found oh my
gosh yeah I know this so much better
because a lot of these videos people go
you know I’ve been thinking about what
you’ve been saying but I haven’t had the
words for it and you put it into words
thank you so much I appreciate that
so tell me what your plans are make a
commitment look it’s it’s the new year
maybe you want to help out the kids in
your neighborhood or the kids in your
city or the older teens the people that
are at risk you know I’m I’m always so
proud of one of my coaching like my
coaches the team of Max and Victoria
smart because they serve a community in
the Inland Empire where they teach them
what they are constantly learning about
broadcasting both on mic and on camera
and they teach the kids in the Inland
Empire about this stuff so what will you
do what what do you want to do and it’s
okay it’s like I don’t have time I don’t
know you know I just can’t do it right
now that’s that’s fine but when you find
something that you really want to learn
or something that you’ve started to
learn but you want to get better at it
who are you gonna teach who can you take
that to to get even deeper to what
you’re doing let me know in the comments
below if you want to subscribe to my
channel go ahead and click on my head
there if there’s no head there look
around for a subscribe button for my
youtube channel and if you want to see
the latest video I’ve done well go ahead
and click on that frame there that’s the
latest video they’ll play it for you
that’s what they do here I’m David H
Lawrence xvii I so appreciate you
watching and I’ll talk to you tomorrow

6 Responses to Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others

  1. John Massie February 4, 2019 at 7:18 am #

    David – your video really hit home with me. It reminded me that when I was a student in College I struggled with Freshman Calculus. As an engineering student I really needed to know Calculus because a lot of other courses built on that. I also needs to earn some money to pay bills so I became a tutor for $5 an hour. The experience taught me so much more than the money it put n my pocket. I honestly learned by teaching and my physics classes ended up being easy for me. You are so right on about the value of teaching others. Sort of reinforces the saying: give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Cheers. John

  2. Heather August February 4, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    Hello David,
    I was a substitute teacher for 16 years while my kids were in primary and secondary school. I got to work while they were not at home and I got to know their teachers and their friends in a way I couldn’t ever have otherwise. But I also learned things I tried before that made no sense to me the first time around. I took basic Algebra 3 times before passing it; But when I had to explain it to someone else, the light came on and the heavens opened up. I realized that Algebra was the search for the unknown. Sounds pretty simple, but no one ever said that to me before. Once I understood that, the baby steps became bigger and bigger.

    On another note, my husband and I are Archery coaches. From April to September, every weekend, we have our 4-H club archers practice in our back yard (yeah, it’s a big backyard). Every year, at least one kid will have an issue that is either rare or that we haven’t dealt with before. In dealing with it, we grow as well.

    Giving back to the community whoever or wherever your community is, is for me, almost a selfish act, because of what I receive. We have done 4-H for almost 20 years. I have 4-H grandchildren now. These relationships are so precious to us. Aside from what I have learned, I have gained so much more. If your readers don’t volunteer, I would encourage them with all my heart to do so. The learning is just the beginning.

  3. Chris Buckner February 4, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    I’ve been teaching martial arts for almost 25 years. Teaching others has made me worlds better than I would be had I not been an instructor. Thanks for the video David.

  4. Paula Leinweber February 4, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

    It is true! I too experienced the joy of learning so much when teaching others. It cements the knowledge or skill so much better when you pass on what you have learned. Plus it’s fun!

  5. jeanine February 4, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

    Thanks David, great advice! I have taught theatre games and improv in elementary schools and it has helped me have more fun when auditioning and performing.

  6. Tobi Czumak February 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

    Great Points made, David. I am also, along withbeing a full time VO, a seascape/commissioned portrait artist ( and agreed to teach this to adults at the local Community Center and true enough a found myself getting better and better as a result. I would love to become informed enough in VO to teach this also — but I’m not there yet. But you’ve definitely nailed it in this video. Nice job!

Leave a Reply