Stop talking so damn much!
I’m learning an entirely new batch of knowledge almost on a daily basis in the new job. Loads about the differing languages of writing (content, copy, creative, technical and so on) as well as, naturally, SEO and other esoteric processes. But one of the things I’m finding is that trying to give input during learning really ruins the entire process.
I keep trying to give feedback. And it’s not helping.
It’s difficult for a lot of people to make sure that their instructors know they’re paying attention, without settling firmly in the camps of either (a) unhelpful “yes” and “I get it” answers or (b) overstating their reactions, or trying to apply too much of their existing knowledge to what they’re being taught that’s new.
It’s a hard line to draw in the sand for yourself, but being aware of the gap between those two camps, and finding ways to navigate the gap in a manner helpful to both you and your instructor, so you both know where you stand, and where there’s room for improvement.
The key can’t be just finding the right sensei.
You’ve got to embrace your inner grasshopper in a productive way. There’s no magic black belt (or in this case black tie) that suddenly aligns you with your best learning and response methods.
Remember, your inner grasshopper is your friend!
By the way, thanks for all the help over the last couple of weeks promoting and supporting The Dowager Shadow, everyone. It’s been a great help – the next chapter begins March 1st, and introduces the majority of the remaining cast. At least, on one side of the story. Action to follow!