One day I’ve decided: the ‘nothing personal, just business’ did not work for me.
It’s all personal, nothing is just business, be it simply because we are… persons. With our own personal experience, knowledge, beliefs, fears, all of it.
In the past fifteen years I’ve been designing, delivering and ‘breathing’ learning. And what I noticed was, well, that our skills are just like muscles: we have to train them regularly so they show and serve us when we need them. Each at a time, focused, targeted.
We’ve all been there: our boss says we have to do a presentation at a conference next week. Or at work, for our colleagues. Oh, the thrill. Remember that presentation skills course you took a year ago? Where did all the info go? What are you supposed to start with? The voice, the body language, the all-known-bulleted slides you’re supposed to design so they’re engaging?
That’s exactly it: the info went away and now what? That’s why taking a course once, on any skill you want to develop, is just the beginning of the road to mastering that skill, not the end of it. It takes practice to grow that skill muscle!
Think about it. Can you actually learn how to cook by reading recipes? Or do you have to cook regularly, different recipes, to eventually master some of them? And maybe even add your own secret ingredients.