At the moment of writing this blog post, I am at the MVP Summit in one of the hundreds of buildings of Microsoft in Redmond. I am listening to a very interesting session on how organisations collaborate with their partners and yes, I am learning some new things. However, I want to focus on something else in this blog post and not on what I have learned recently, even though I learned quite some stuff and quite interesting (some of which I cannot even talk about). So here’s the deal…
I am a trainer and a speaker and I have a lot of friends who are also doing both of those as either their hobby or as part of their work. We all, however, listen to or participate in various other events – be that seminars, webinars, podcasts or conference sessions. Most of the times we(bare with me – that post is also for you even if you are not trainer / speaker / both) go or enrol for one of those even if they are on a topic it is clear to us we know very well. And now the question is Why? Why are we spending our time(when no one nowadays have enough of it) and listen to something which we already know? Why!? And the answer is this:
Because we want to hear
another approach to the problem.
In other words:
We want to see if there is a more simplistic way of explaining the solution of a problem than ours.
And that’s the moment when this starts to apply to everyone because we all work in teams. We all collaborate. We all try (or at least we should try) to help each other. If you are able to communicate and explain something to someone in a way – the most simplistic one – that makes his life easier, than you are on the right track, let’s call it this way. So always, always, always try to search for a new approaches to a problem. Always strive to see and double check – is there a better way of explaining something because that is how you learn and that is one more way you advance your skills.
Thanks for hosting #60, Chris! Looking forward to the summary blog post already!