TEAM Hughes Real Estate School has had growing pains this past year and they aren’t about to miraculously stop. One of the stiffest challenges we’ve faced is finding instructors that we are willing to trust our business to. Becoming a good instructor is no easy feat, regardless of how the instructor may view it.
During 2016 we hired a young man with the hopes he was becoming a good instructor. We gave him every tool we possibly could and met monthly to help hone his skills. Age has nothing to do with becoming a good instructor, nor does experience or a lack thereof make or break a good instructor. What is necessary to becoming a good instructor is the same to becoming a good real estate agent, and that is passion. Teaching people about real estate should not be a job – it should be a commitment to a career that pays you back with satisfaction of knowing you helped someone get started toward their success.
Becoming a good instructor should carry the same mindset as becoming a good real estate agent. Students who come to us because they want to “try” real estate most likely struggle. I have never heard an attorney or physician say they were going to try law or medicine. Just because the practice of real estate does not require 8 years of study doesn’t make it any less professional. The same goes with an instructor. If someone has a passion to teach others, they can succeed.
Becoming a good instructor takes time and investing in oneself. This former instructor was not willing to invest in himself; he wanted us to do it for him. Just like being a real estate agent, you must be willing to invest time and money into professional development. No one will do it for you. Real estate agents are continuously taking courses, and each course adds something to their knowledge and expertise.
No matter where we are in our career, we are never too experienced! I attended an Instructor Development Workshop several months ago in Montgomery, AL, and I was overjoyed to see that I was not the oldest instructor there! Yes, experience is necessary to teach because we must understand what we are teaching, but given the right passion and attitude, an inexperienced real estate agent can teach a pre-license class if he or she is willing to invest time and energy in learning their subject matter. We help future instructors in answering questions from their students, and we pass on stories from our own experiences that help cement concepts.
We finally terminated the 2016 instructor. After many complaints and meetings, we knew it wasn’t going to work out. Students don’t pay us to watch us work. We cannot sit there and read slides. So, the bottom line of this blog is about becoming a good instructor, and if you have a passion to teach, we need to talk. We are looking for Florida and Alabama instructors, so call us if you are interested.