Today I attend a one-day course to learn some business strategies and tactics. It was led by an instructor with years of experience who obviously knew what he was talking about.
He asked us our particular business problems and we shared them with him, and he gave example answers that would help us think of ways around our problems. Basically he helped us reframe them.
This is definitely not what I had expected when I signed up for the course. I expected a guided course with explanations and psychological tactics. What I got instead was a sort of consultation experience, tailored to the people in the room.
Years ago, this might have been disappointing for me. There was a lot more philosophy and theory than concrete solutions. But the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated this style. The tactics and techniques are things you can look up online pretty easily, when you know what you’re looking for. In this one day course, the teacher engaged with us, made us think and helped us form new ideas. His approach was to plant the ideas in your mind that you can figure out later.
For a one day course, I don’t think I could have asked for much more than that really!
Since I arrived at home, the first thing I thought about was researching the tactics and techniques that he got me thinking about. As I was looking things up online, ideas kept coming into my mind, insights that had crept into my brain from snippets of things this guy had suggested.
This wasn’t a way of learning I was used to, but it actually really worked well. It wasn’t what I expected, but it might even be better than that.
Overall, I’m really happy that I did it this way. Direct engagement gives opportunities that online distance learning doesn’t sometimes.
Now I just need to figure out how to get on more courses like this!