Well, if you think back to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, there was a lot of unlearning going on.
We had to completely re-write the rule book for the way we did things.
Personally, I was used to doing all my trainings in-person.
I had dabbled in online trainings before but they weren’t at the heart of what I did.
So, what do you do when all your upcoming trainings vanish overnight or are postponed indefinitely? Well, you need to let go of the old ways of doing things and embrace the new.
And that’s what I did, I called 2020 the year of ‘experimenting without fear’.
I tried out a lot of different types of online sessions, both method-based, skills-based and experience-based. I played with a lot of different ways of delivering my content – one off masterclasses, courses, and subscription-based models based on both live and recorded classes or both.
There was a certain amount of discomfort at the start and worry too – what if this doesn’t work? What if no-one likes it? What if no-one shows up?
And a certain amount of convincing too – convincing the people I work with that online sessions could work JUST AS WELL (IF NOT BETTER THAN) in-person if delivered in an engaging and interactive way.
And it doesn’t stop there, once you’ve done the unlearning, you have to do the relearning.
I had to do a fair amount of letting go of the old ways of doing things and brainstorm, learn and embrace alternatives.
I also had to do some rewiring so that I shook off my assumptions about what online learning had to be like.
And it paid off. It has been a wonderful experience getting to know and work with educators all over the world from my Zoom screen.
And I’m so glad I adapted and moved forwards.