"The average teacher explains complexity;\u00a0the gifted teacher reveals simplicity." \u00a0~Robert BraultThe "gifted"\u00a0teacher. \u00a0It is always, for me, such a pleasure and a joy to meet one of these special and rare people. \u00a0You can tell when you meet one of these people, because everything about their teaching comes from the heart and has one and only one motivation: "the student learning." \u00a0 It's not about them, \u00a0it\u00a0is about you. \u00a0This just makes all the difference in the world!! \u00a0These are the teachers that you look up in the CiscoLive catalog every year and sign up for whatever they are teaching! \u00a0These are the teachers that I seek out on CiscoLive365 web site to watch any and all\u00a0video recordings they have done! \u00a0 These are the teachers that give the true gift of "revealing simplicity" out of the most complex topics. \u00a0Given we work in the fast paced world of networking, where the only constant is constant change, we need these gifted teachers more than ever!"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."- Japanese ProverbWhat is a "Cisco Live Distinguished Speaker" and what does it mean to be inducted into the "Hall of Fame" for Cisco Live Distinguished Speakers? \u00a0Cisco Live Distinguished Speaker - The Top 10%A few years ago Cisco Live management had this great idea. Recognize the Cisco Live speakers that are the "best of the best."\u00a0 Like a "People's Choice" recognition program for the top speakers at each CiscoLive around the world."The Cisco Live Distinguished Speaker is designed to recognize the top speakers as determined by our attendee audience. At each event the top 10% of speakers based on attendee scores are recognized as a Distinguished Speaker. The average score for these speakers is around a 4.85 per session. "\u00a0 -\u00a0http:\/\/www.ciscolive.com\/global\/speakers\/#BDistinguished Speaker Hall of FameOnce you have earned Distinguished Speaker status at 5 seperate events, you get inducted into the "Distinguished Speaker Hall of Fame". \u00a0To me, this is really the highest honor a Cisco Live Speaker can attain. \u00a0 These people are truly in the "gifted teacher" category. \u00a0This past Cisco Live in Orlando, the Hall of Fame got it's first 5 inductees!Shannon McFarland \u2013 Principal Engineer, EngineeringCarlos Pereira \u2013 Distinguished Systems Engineer, SalesRolando Salinas \u2013 Engineer, Technical MarketingTroy Sherman \u2013 Technical Leader, EngineeringAaron Woland \u2013 Engineer, Technical Marketing(From Left to Right:\u00a0Global Content Manager:\u00a0Matthew Stein, Hall of Fame Inductees:\u00a0Aaron Woland,\u00a0Carlos Pereira,\u00a0Troy Sherman,\u00a0Shannon McFarland, and\u00a0Rolando Salinas)Congratulations, and Thank you!\u201cThe mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.\u201d\u00a0~William Arthur WardCongratulations to all 5 of you! \u00a0You truly inspire me to be a better person and a better teacher. \u00a0 \u00a0Here is my "apple for the teacher". \u00a0Thanks!