Here's how to become an expert at anything:

Here's how to become an expert at anything:

We've all been there.  Learning a new skill and feeling like an expert, only to wake up tomorrow having forgotten most of what we once felt so confident that we knew!  But when it comes to truly mastering a skill, one of the best kept secrets is to teach this skill to someone else. 

Sometimes called the "expert advantage" or even the "ultimate test of mastery", being able to each a skill to someone else not only requires you to know your stuff, but the process of explaining to another helps embed that knowledge in our memory, making it easier to remember for future use.  Even better, by teaching a skill you are helping enrich the skill set of a friend!



If you have learned a new skill and want to teach someone else, there are a few things you can do to get started:

  1. Understand the basics: Before you can teach someone else, you need to have a solid understanding of the skill yourself. Make sure you have a good grasp of the fundamentals and can explain them in a clear and simple way.

  2. Break down the skill: Break the skill down into smaller, manageable chunks. This will make it easier for your student to understand and will help them progress faster.

  3. Create a lesson plan: Create a lesson plan that includes the information you want to cover, the materials you will need, and the activities you will use to teach the skill.

  4. Use different teaching methods: Everyone learns differently, so use a variety of teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles. Use visual aids, hands-on activities, and real-world examples to make the skill more relatable.

  5. Be patient: Remember that everyone learns at their own pace. Be patient with your student and don't get frustrated if they don't pick up the skill as quickly as you did.

  6. Provide feedback: Provide feedback throughout the learning process to help your student identify their strengths and areas for improvement.

  7. Encourage practice: Encourage your student to practice the skill on their own. This will help them solidify their understanding of the material and give them the opportunity to apply what they've learned.

  8. Be open to feedback: Finally, be open to feedback from your student. They may have suggestions for how to improve your teaching style or ways to make the material more accessible.

Overall, teaching a new skill is a great way to solidify your own understanding of it and help someone else learn something new. With a little bit of planning and patience, you can be an effective teacher.



Teaching a friend how to use kinesiology tape can be a great way to put your new skill to use. Kinesiology tape is a type of elastic therapeutic tape that is used to support muscles, ligaments, and joints. It is applied to the skin in specific patterns to provide support and alleviate pain and discomfort.

Here are some tips to help you teach your friend how to use kinesiology tape:

  1. Start with the basics: Make sure your friend understands the basics of kinesiology tape, including what it is, how it works, and the different types available.  You can reference our 5 tips for picking the right KT tape or share the New to KT Tape page with them.

  2. Show them proper application: Demonstrate how to properly apply the tape, including how to cut it, stretch it, and apply it to the skin.Kinesiology tape stretching guide for proper use

  3. Let them practice: Have your friend practice applying the tape to different parts of the body. This will help them get a feel for how the tape works and how to apply it correctly.

  4. Provide feedback: Provide feedback throughout the process to help your friend identify any mistakes they are making and how to correct them.

  5. Explain how to use it for different injuries and conditions: Kinesiology tape can be used for a variety of injuries and conditions, such as strains, sprains, and overuse injuries.  It can even help reduce post-workout muscle soreness by 50%!  Make sure your friend understands how to use the tape for different issues and the different taping methods that can be used.

  6. Encourage them to seek professional help: Kinesiology tape can be a great tool for supporting the body, but it is not a replacement for professional medical care. Encourage your friend to seek professional help if they have an injury or condition that requires it.

Overall, teaching a friend how to use kinesiology tape can be a great way to put your new skill to use and help them alleviate pain and discomfort. Just be sure to provide clear instructions, practice with them and give them feedback, and be aware that it is not a substitute for professional medical help.

Example of kinesiology taping for shin splints

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