By Christine Carron
When you go to a writing conference or workshop, if you are anything like me, you want positive change to happen as a result of your attendance. Not only because it’s an investment of your time and money, but also because you are committed to growing as a writer. Perhaps though, you’ve had an experience where you are all jazzed up from a conference or workshop, riding the wave of new possibilities, and you know you are going to be transformed, that you have learned the key(s) to up-leveling your writing adventure like never before, and you come home and . . .
Life takes over. The memory of the conference fades. And a year or two later you come across your notes in a Marie Kondo-esque decluttering frenzy. You hold that pile of past learning in your hands and not one spark of joy pops. You can’t remember what you were so excited about, yet at the same time have a vague (or acute) sense of disappointment that you didn’t follow through.
The reality is that a lot of what gets rewarded in traditional schooling is passive learning: remember, regurgitate. No wonder many of us do not have fine-tuned skills for taking charge of our learning experiences, where we integrate new information and take action on it with confidence and consistency.
Enough with that. It’s time to supercharge your learning using Goodjelly’s Ground, Gather, Grow framework. This framework originated in the work I do leading transformational workshops in the corporate world. I now facilitate Ground, Gather, Grow tracks at conferences, helping attendees enhance and deepen their in-conference engagement as well as their post-conference follow-through.* Let’s dive in . . .
A Ground session is all about preparing for and amping up anticipation for the upcoming learning experience. Here are examples of questions I might weave into a Ground session:
Gathers are completed daily. This is where you process and digest all you are learning. Unlike the Ground and Grow sessions that usually last from 45 - 60 minutes, Gathers are short, 15- 20 minutes. Anything longer and it becomes too much on top of (or before) a full day’s learning. The Gathers start with a quick centering exercise and then flow into reflection/journaling time. The prompts vary for each day of the conference but a few standards are:
When you take time to Gather each day’s learnings, not only does it deepen your understanding and appreciation for the new information/experiences, it also helps your brain and your system reset for a new day of learning and growth.
This session happens shortly after the conference is over. This is where you first savor the experience and then set yourself up for action and integration. Here is a sampling of prompts from a Grow session.
And there you have it. The Goodjelly Ground, Gather, Grow framework for supercharging your workshop and conference experiences. Try it out the next time you attend a conference and watch your learning follow-through bloom on a whole new level of awesome. Sweet!
*If you are a conference organizer and want to learn more about booking Christine to lead a Ground, Gather, Grow track at your conference, contact us using the Say Hello form at the *bottom* of The Other Stuff page.
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