It can be a little daunting when embarking on a new learning journey. There is a wealth of wonderful content to consume. You want to organize it in a way that ensures you’re getting the most out of it. We get it. So, what is the best approach?
The 2019 WBECS Pre-Summit got off to a great start last week. We’re thrilled at the feedback we’re getting from our global coaching community. By way of a bit of extra support, we thought we’d offer some tips as to how to truly utilize the content of the event to your best advantage.
Minimize unnecessary nerves by making sure you have everything you need before you attend your session. Reach out to the WBECS Support Team if you have any questions you’d like to ask. Prepare your essentials ahead of time, like a pen and pad for scribbling notes, thoughts and ideas during a session. Something you jot down in the moment may be fleshed out into a brilliant new initiative for your coaching practice later on.
Also, you may want to use a wall chart, an online or hard-copy calendar, or an organizer/diary/planner to pencil in the dates and times of the sessions you’ve selected. Attendees of the Pre-Summit can add sessions to Google Calendar via WBECS emails. Personalize your organization tools to make it fun! Choose designs and styles that spark joy. Whatever helps you to create a helpful reference guide you can easily refer to.
Attend the Implementation Mastery (IM) Sessions
Each session of the Pre-Summit has an accompanying IM session. These take place after the main session, designed specifically so that you and your fellow attendees can openly discuss the themes raised by the speaker. Hearing the varying perspectives of your peers can offer further insight, revealing approaches to the subject matter you hadn’t previously considered.
Also, it’s a great opportunity to recap the main takeaways from the session. You can elaborate on your own notes and ideas. You can even share your thoughts with the group and gauge responses. IM sessions are a great tool for deepening your learning experience.
Register for the IM Session for each of the main sessions you plan to attend here.
Join the Study Buddy Program
One great benefit of this year’s Pre-Summit is that you don’t have to learn alone! If you prefer to learn side by side with someone you can bounce ideas off, the Study Buddy Program is the perfect solution. You and your ‘Buddy’ can encourage one another, keep each other on track and swap insights and opinions on the session content.
WBECS provide a personal Study Buddy Concierge service ensuring that you and your buddy have everything you need every step of the way. As part of the program, you’ll receive suggestions for the types of questions to ask yourselves and each other during and after a session. You can even benefit from weekly Study Buddy Gifts! For more information on the Study Buddy program, reach out to the WBECS Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utilize session recordings
Pre-Summit speaker sessions are free if you watch them live as they happen. For those of you who hold an Executive Speed Learner (ESL) Full Summit Pass, recordings of the Pre-Summit sessions and slides used by the speakers during their presentations are free! This means if you miss the live broadcast, you can watch the session back, pause it where you want, and fully absorb the material at your own leisure.
If you don’t hold an ESL pass, don’t despair – the WBECS Support Team send out a weekly email to all Pre-Summit attendees, containing the recordings of the top 3 sessions from the past 7 days.
For more information on the ESL pass, visit www.wbecs.com/summit
Ask questions and reflect
You can test yourself to see if you have taken in what you have learned by asking a series of specific questions, such as:
- What are my three key takeaways?
- What will this information change for me personally and/or professionally?
- How can I utilize this information to best serve my clients and/or community?
- What actions am I committed to taking as a result of my learnings?
- What one thing will I commit to focusing on this week?
- How will I embody what I have learned on a long term basis?
These types of questions can help you formulate a plan of action for your coaching practice, helping you to implement what you’ve learned and bring about real, measurable change.
Enjoy the journey
Most of all, remember to have fun! Learning new things and keeping your skill set fresh is what will give you longevity as a coach. Allow yourself to get excited about what your learning journey could mean for your future. You are investing time in yourself, and into delivering excellence for your clients. Such efforts can change their lives for the better – and yours too.