Originally Posted by MikeIn248
Also, yeah I realize that sometimes goofy images work and stuff, but other times I want an actual strategy. In other words, when I've requested a lesson in the bumps, don't tell me "imagine you're water trickling down the hill," tell me instead "I want you to try hitting the bump 2/3 of the way up its side with the board flat, then pivot fast. Here, let me show you."
LOL. My wife had a similar problem during a lesson with an instructor who was into metaphors. She finally told him to fuck off with the stories and just tell her what to do! (My wife can strip paint with her language)
For a positive suggestion when teaching non-beginners, even when you're trying to teach them "big" things like carving or dynamic riding, throw in the occasional mini-lesson for something small like sameways or buttering. It'll make them feel like they got some extra.