The Benefits of Risk Taking for Learning

The idiot in the middle is me – making a fool of myself and learning a lot in front of several dozen people.

I was running around the stage spouting gibberish while another student translated what I said into normal English.

I am sure I looked and sounded like a compete idiot, no two ways about it.

Somewhere in the back of my mind was the uncomfortable realization that anyone in the audience could film this and post it to Facebook if they chose to.

It was, in short, one of the most valuable and impactful learning experiences I have had in at least a decade.

Why? Well, read on – I guarantee it is worth the few minutes of time is will take. [Read more…]

How to Architect a Million-Dollar Community with Alan Weiss

Interested in building a global base of loyal fans who tell you the educational offerings they want and help you design them? Then you definitely want to listen in to this interview with Alan Weiss, the Million Dollar Consultant®.

I’ve counted myself among Alan’s fan base for many years now and was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with him as I was writing Leading the Learning Revolution. In this podcast, Alan discusses his approach to building successful professional communities, the keys to developing high-value, high-price point offerings, and how on earth he manages to produce as much as he does.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just for consultants: the advice and perspectives Alan offers in this episode apply to any entrepreneurial individual or organization that wants to take their education business to a whole new level this year. Enjoy it, and please also spread the word with a Tweet or by using the social links at the end of this post.

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02:05 – Introduction of Alan Weiss, the Million Dollar Consultant®.

02:30 – Discussion of the moniker “Architect of Professional Communities®” and what it means to Alan.  Alan believes communities are the future of professional groups and that traditional trade and professional associations are going to disappear.

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