How is it possible to explain things to people who are completely clueless on computers. I mean, they drive me insane -_- I know people who don't know how to download a file, don't know what software means, and don't know how to copy and paste. Any way to explain things to them in a "dumbful" manner?
asked Mar 07 '11 at 21:45
First off if you approach it like you are now, you will never be any kind of a teacher of anything let alone computers.
To be able to teach you need to accept their ability level and go from there.
You need to try to understand what is going on in their heads and how to lead them to.
You need to be patient.
You need to find a way to relate the information to things they do in everyday life.
People who come off as you just did will never become a good teacher of anything computer related.
So if you are going to come off that way, don't even try to help them.
I deal with the very same thing, night after night at my job, and have been talking like this to the public for the last 10 years - every night essentially.
I play a theatre pipe organ. People can see the organ pipes through the windows, mechanical actions, and its drums, cymbals, and other percussions in the dining room itself. People ask
"how do they work?"
"what makes these sounds?"
"what are those things that bouncing up and down whenever you play a song?"
....and you have to talk to them as if you were talking to a 6-year old. They have no clue what any of this is, nor can you expect them to "get it" overnight. Just remember that you were "newb" once too, and if it wasn't for someone telling you what "this" was, or what "that" was here and there, you wouldn't know as much as you do, either.
Think of it this way; explain something to them as you would want something explained to you if you had absolutely no clue about whatever it was you inquired about. Basic terms, no long-winded explanations, no "techy" terms, etc.