A timeless book of lessons on mentorship, teaching, and learning from New York Times bestselling author Tim Gunn, host of the Emmy Award–nominated Project Runway and the reality show Under the Gunn.
Tim Gunn, America’s favorite reality TV cohost, is known for his kind but firm approach in providing wisdom, guidance, and support to the scores of design hopefuls on Project Runway. Having begun his fashion career as a teacher at Parsons The New School for Design, Tim knows more than a thing or two about mentorship and how to convey invaluable pearls of wisdom in an approachable, accessible manner.
While Gunn’s Golden Rules showcased Tim “as life coach,” imparting lessons based on his personal experiences, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor will focus on Tim “as teacher.” Divided into sections on common themes—truth-telling, empathy, asking, cheerleading, and hoping for the best—this practical, timely book takes us on a journey through life lessons and uses Tim’s own personal experiences, from the classroom to the therapist’s office, to illustrate larger concepts.
Says Bette Midler of Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor, “This book is as smart and fashionable as Tim Gunn himself, and it’s teeming with surprising, moving, and often hilarious stories about teaching, learning, and life. I loved it!”
So grab a pencil and start taking notes: class is officially in session!
Gunn (Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible) shifts from providing fashion commentary to making an appealing and passionate paean to teaching and mentoring. Along with glimpses behind the scenes of his various reality TV series, including "Project Runway" and "Under the Gunn," Gunn offers separate sections dedicated to the five key factors he feels define outstanding educators: truth-telling, empathy, asking, cheerleading, and hoping for the best not coincidentally, the acronym is "teach." He skillfully explores each topic, drawing examples from his own career as an educator at Parsons School of Design, his therapy sessions, and his experiences as both a student and teacher. Gunn also liberally sprinkles in other people's tales of teachers who have profoundly influenced their lives. He frequently imparts "life assignments," where he challenges readers to apply the lessons to themselves. For fun, Gunn includes a chapter on notable films that deal with teaching and learning. His empathetic tone encourages educators and students alike to listen to his sensible, time-tested advice, and his frank advice makes clear that he's learned many of the lessons he's imparting through tough trial and error. Gunn's unique view of the world and genuine desire to help others are apparent on every page of this must-read.