A teacher is simply someone who shows you a way. And learning from someone else is not a mandatory step in your development as an animal communicator!
While many find learning from a teacher — whether in-person, in a webinar, or through an online study course — easier and faster than self-study, your intuitive self, angels, spirits, and companion animals can also be wonderful and natural teachers along the way.
It all comes down to your goals, budget, and how you learn. If seeking guidance from professionals sounds like the perfect next step for you, here are 10 things to consider when finding the right one:
1. Ask yourself what kind of teacher you need.
Do you learn best through live and interactive teaching or rather self-study, like though pre-recorded audio and video programs or written materials? A real-time teacher gives you the benefit of interactivity, answering your specific questions, and troubleshooting along the way. Self-study, however, gives you more flexibility to fast-forward or filter what doesn't resonate with you, go at your own pace, and tailor your studies to exactly what works for you. Some teachers offer all of these methods while others focus on live online instruction, local in-person teaching, or any number of pre-recorded on- and offline options.
2. Consider your goals.
Do you just want an introduction to animal communication so you can see if it's right for you? Do you want to earn a certificate, title, or other credential? Do you simply want to sample a variety of different styles, teaching methods, and perspectives along your journey? These days, there are many ways to learn and selecting a teacher doesn't have to be a permanent or even long-term thing if you don't wish. However, if you do, make sure to look ahead at a teacher's more advanced offerings — and the time it will take to complete them. Will you be studying for a month? Six months? Five years? Is the timeline based on your individual progress? And what will it cost you to move through to your end result?
3. Get grounded before deciding.
Websites and other promotional materials are often filled with enthusiasm, excitement, and promise. This often stems from a teacher's genuine hope that you will explore the world of animal communication through her eyes and program and experience all the wonderment that she knows this field can offer. The energy is infectious and it's easy to get caught up in the promised end-result — to be able to talk with animals. And not just any animal, but YOUR animal! In reality, if it isn’t the right teacher or method or timing, those claims likely won’t happen no matter how good the intention or teaching.
Getting grounded before deciding simply means settling yourself, separating yourself from the energy of the messages, and in that quiet moment, seeing how this program or teacher feels to you. Beyond the hype, there are many other things the teacher is saying or not saying that are just as important as the promise of being able to talk with animals. Do you resonate with those other things? Do you resonate with her style, approach, personality? Ultimately, you aren't the only one who wants to find the right match-up — the teacher also wants to find students who resonate with her style.
4. Check if your values and interests are aligned with the teacher’s.
If "easy breezy" is your personality, will a "serious and intense" instructor work for you? In addition to evaluating her photo and website tone, look for videos or radio interviews that show off the person’s personality so you can get a better feel for how she interacts with people or comes across in her presentation. If possible, ask former or current students what the learning experience with the teacher is like. And contact the teacher with questions you can't find the answer to on her site. The way she responds can give you more insight about her personality.
5. Search for external reviews and recommendations.
Testimonials hosted on a teacher's site — whether by students or clients — will always be glowing and positive. If possible, search for others that are more neutral. Googling the teacher's name or books or workshops can sometimes lead to comments and reviews in forums, under blog posts, in YouTube comments, on shopping sites like Amazon, and on Reddit and Facebook. If you don't see any, you can always post your own question or request for feedback in the appropriate place.
6. Look closely at the offerings.
A good class or program should outline exactly what you will learn, how instruction and practice time (if any) is structured, which materials are included or needed, all costs, and whether there is a way to interact with other students, both during class and after the program ends. Knowing how the teacher supports you through all of this is important, as well.
7. Evaluate the credentials.
Not just the teacher's credentials, but the ones bestowed upon you at completion. A university degree adheres to certain standards. However, anyone can say "I'm a teacher" and anyone can come up with a certificate program and title that sounds impressive. But how far will that title get you in the real world? Of course, if you become a wonderful animal communicator through the program, that's the real value you are looking for.
8. Explore the teacher's other learning materials.
If they have books, videos, and other offerings out on the market, what do the reviews say? If they aren’t positive, then maybe there is an issue with the teaching style in general that will carry over to their “live” teaching?
9. Understand that "teacher" is often just a self-proclaimed title, not a performance rating or official designation like "professor" or "doctor."
Just about anyone can use the title "teacher" these days thanks to YouTube, blogs, webinars, and online "schools" like Udemy. The reality is, even with an actual degree in teaching, some people can be ineffective and uninspiring for some or all students, even if they've been doing this for many years, while others simply have a knack for helping others learn. The bottom line: look beyond the title of "teacher" to offerings, style, reviews, and other clues, and realize not all "teachers" can actually teach — or teach the way you need to learn
10. Look for a guarantee.
There's Someone Just Right For You.
In the end, the time and money you invest to find and learn from the right teacher can really pay off. The wrong approach or support for your particular style and goals can lead you to think you'll never make it as an animal communicator. But all that changes when you connect with a teaching personality and method that nurtures you in the way you need. It will be different for everyone — which is why there are so many teachers and styles. Good luck in your search!
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