I went in honestly not knowing quite what to expect. I tried to be as clear as possible with Fader before we started about where I was in the game, and what I was looking to get out of this and he quickly perceived where I stood.
Fader 1 on 1 - NYC, June 2008
I think Fader's greatest strengths as a teacher boil down to two things: he is ego-free and he is very perceptive. That he genuinely cares is a bonus on top. The fact that he is ego-free allowed him to accept my point of view on a few things, incorporate it into his thinking and came back with answers that I could accept. The night felt more like a discussion than a lecture and that style definitely worked for me; for some people, a lecture will work better and I think Fader would do a great job of quickly adapting to that as well. His perceptiveness came out a few times in that even things that I was doing well, he would give me pointers to work on and make them even better. I feel that most instructors would be self-congratulatory about improving the student's biggest weaknesses but I appreciated that Fader tried to be as comprehensive as possible.
Fader also avoided most of the negative stereotypes associated with the community, which I think is important at this evolution stage of the game. Overall, he is a normal guy with real interests and passions who uses the game as a framework to understand and translate social dynamics. In some areas, I think he is approaching "life coach" status rather than just a run of the mill PUA and even though I didn't ask for help in other areas, I am confident he could offer a great, unbiased perspective.
I unfortunately do not have any crazy stories from the 1 on 1 but that was not Fader's fault at all, mostly my abysmal level of game . I'd strongly endorse him not because his teachings are materially different from anyone else out there but because I don't think you would get a better teacher in-field or one with the commitment to make sure you understand the stuff.