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Sep 18 13 4:16 AM

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In a traditional on-campus class the first meeting is usually one of orientation: class procedure, text materials, course requirements. The first week of a KCC course is devoted to discussing the assigned reading and assignments. What thoughts do you have about getting students up to speed for that "first" session?

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Sep 18 13 6:14 AM

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I plan to organize this as a class with a local chamber of commerce, so I will not get started for a bit, but I thought about this as well.  I plan to spend time sharing similar resources or anecdotes that complement the readings for a particular week.  Having most of the learning coming from Seth, provides a wonderful opportunity to bring in the work of others who served as an inspiration for Seth or might otherwise complement or exceed what is trying to get at.

For example, Seth notes Steven Pressfield's concept of the Resistance.  I have the audio book of the War of Art and plan to play a short clip from it where Steven shares what he means by that.  Also, where seth refers to the Lizard Brain, I plan to share out additional resources and insights connected to the more recent research of how we think and act that shall include references to literature and videos that expound upon the Amygdala, not trusting our instincts (teaching ourselves to go beyond the fight, flight, freeze to get to where we want to go), other Brain-based tricks discovered recently, etc.

Hope that helps, Nick : )  

Dr. Nicholas Konrad Langlie
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909 
langlienk@longwood.edu

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Sep 18 13 8:36 PM

Thanks

Thanks Dr. Langlie. You are going beyond the call of duty.
But I wouldn't expect anything less from the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Sounds like you know a thing or two about teaching. So thanks for sharing it with us.

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Sep 19 13 8:43 AM

Thanks

You are too kind.  I am a fan of much of what Seth Godin gravitates toward in his reading and daily food for thought, so I am pleased to be among others who value and reinforce this kind of thing.  I also plan to incorporate a level of creativity to my interpretation of the curricula.  For example, there are best practices from research on how to trick the brain to make oneself vulnerable in meetings, which correlates with an openness or willingness to be proactive an empathic to discover and expound upon ideas that people could not do alone.  I love techniques and you can view my favorite one here that I use quite a bit in trainings to teach people how to work more proactively and productively together: 

It is my favorite trick and I hope you can use it because it always goes over well with a group of people. . . Nick : )

Dr. Nicholas Konrad Langlie
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909 
langlienk@longwood.edu

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Sep 20 13 4:43 AM

I hope we can get more input to this thread, but I've appreciated what I've read so far. My thinking right now is I may have to use five weeks, with the first session for orientation. I expect to have learners who are not on the cutting edge of the communication revolution.

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Sep 20 13 12:46 PM

I'm not going to mind whether or not they read the first, second, third, or fourth week's stuff. I'm going to cogitate all of it but if they don't want to then they definitely don't have to, and they'll be the subjects of none of my grief.

A lot of the people who are going to be attending don't read Seth, and they're busy. Cumulatively this means that it would be stupid for me to require them to read/listen to everything - I'll show them the links but let them know that we'll cover that territory in the conversations. Then, at the beginnings of and throughout the sessions, I'll incorporate that information where it's relevant and where it'll pave a road that I know we should walk down.

(This might be a little unconventional and it definitely rests on my ability to communicate. I have faith in myself and I'm willing to accept failure, and reroute if it all falls down, but this is a personal decision so I'm not going to pretend that everyone can, or should, follow this path.)

I do think it would be better for folks to read the documents and listen to the audio, but I'm not going to make the environment unpleasant for the folks who don't want to do all of that.

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Having said that, I am trying to get as many as I can to read it, and I'm doing that by thinking about the value that Seth's work has brought to my life and my thought, and what other people can get out of it as well. In other words, by reflecting on my experience, by trying my best to empathize, and by being honest and direct. Hopefully that's enough! =)

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Sep 20 13 12:51 PM

Learning through doing

It's amazing that we have so many 'organisers' (yes I'm from the UK, the  spelling is right for where I live) and everyone is going to have different levels of understanding, experience of 'orgainising' or teaching (although I don't believe that's the role of the organiser), but an understanding of how to teach and engage will always bring value.  For me this is, at the start, an experiment.  From which we all collectively learn what's working and what's not working.  We all get the chance to learn from each other.  That in itself will bring probably more value than the learning from each course. 

An incredible opportunity here for us all learn how to collectively bring together small groups of people to change how we think and believe.  Wow, that's a powerful tool.  Some things will work for some, some things will work for others.  Over time we'll all learn a few methods that we can use to influence.  What a crazy concept, what a way to change the world for the better.

Input from everyone about what ism't working is just as valuable as what is working.  Let's be encouraged to share, regardless of the 'success'.

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