Tim Gunn, the “Project Runway” style guru, has seen more than his share of classrooms. He answers a few questions about mentoring in and out of them.
I LOVE Tim Gunn. He’s one of the reasons I watch "Project Runway" in the first place. And oddly enough, even as a viewer, I think I’ve taken his words and advice to heart over the years myself. He provides very sage and practical advice that has definitely helped me not only as a student, but as an instructor and as a person as well. Part of what he likes–and he discusses it in this article a bit–is that he never discourages anyone to a point that the person loses faith or him or herself. Tim always tries to find what makes that person unique or special, and tries to help draw it out of that person so he or she can shine. More people needs to approach teaching and mentoring this way.
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