My Dad, God love him, can barely change a fuse. But he always showed great interest in whatever nerdy pursuit I was getting into. Whether it was amateur radio, electronics, computers, or graphics, he always took the time to find out what I was up to (and that all those antennas hanging out my bedroom window was for.) He always encouraged me to explain the technical principles of what I was doing in everyday terms that anyone can understand. I found that if I could make an analogy to something in his everyday experience, I could explain technical stuff in easy to grasp ways.
To this day, I credit these conversations with developing a training style that I have used throughout my career of technical training and management. Whether it's describing electron flow through a diode like water through a valve or radio waves on the ionosphere like racquetballs on a ceiling fan, those conversions have never left me.
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