I have a decade or more of teaching experience under my belt. My students have ranged from 6-year-old children, to college students, to regular workers and on to high-level managers of corporations. For much of this time, I have also been responsible for developing some or all of my curriculum.

You can read all about my work experience in my CV (doc).


Now I am an Adjunct Professor at Gavilan College and Mission College teaching Business and Marketing. My students come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a lot of diverse views to our classes. I teach Foundations of Business and Foundations of Marketing, both with a good ground-level view of real business practices.
I also teach Search Engine Marketing. This is a great class where we get to explore how to understand goals and customers, optimize web sites, build links and buy Adwords. Check out my list of great tools for understanding and optimizing web pages.
Recently, I have been teaching some classes in Social Media Marketing. This class explores how to spread the news about your product and company through FaceBook, Twitter, Blogs, and all the other current fads.
As a result of my classes, I have also been engaged by several companies to develop social media marketing plans and help build websites based on sound marketing principles.

I also teach classes in Business Communication and taught a class in Business Rhetoric for Santa Clara University.


I taught in Japan for about 5 years. My students were high-schoolers, Office Ladies, engineers and managers. I eventually graduated into curriculum development and then cofounded a company, Gryphon Systems, for teaching English in Japan. I managed the curriculum development, hired teachers and writers, and cold-called and sold lessons to Japanese companies. Our curriculum was actually a database of lessons and the idea was to select specific lessons based on the particular interests and strengths of each class. It was a brilliant idea, but foundered on the real costs of producing many multiple lessons about different subjects.

This lesson on Giving a Persuasive Speech was aimed specifically at high-level managers with a good command of English. Even when I review it decades later, I find that it is an excellent introduction to persuasion.

For no particular reason, here is a list of the classes I took for my Master’s in Management at Yale.