Stretch Adventures for a New Year

bd03c42c8fe259af99e96d8a69938369I don’t subscribe to the idea of starting new things at the new year because it generally implies that you’re putting off starting earlier.

The new year can act as an artificial barrier to jump-starting what you may as well begin right away. Another way to look at it is: is there any good reason to postpone the potential benefits than waiting for that artificial “Go” light?

That said, the beginning of a new year is a great time to take stock of your past year’s efforts to see what has worked, and what hasn’t.

I thought I’d share with you my new adventures for 2013, for which I began the legwork in 2012. The fact that they’re happening at all puts them in the “worked” category.

  1. I led a live webinar for the first time ever! I’ve run lots of workshops and group meetings in the past, but they were held in the same room with the attendees so that I could see their faces, read their body language, and hear their voices. This felt high-stakes because:
    • it was through Harvard Law School’s Office of Career Services for alumni who have been practicing for some years;
    • I wouldn’t see them at all;
    • questions were posed by online submission; and
    • we had no idea in advance how many people would show up.

    Needless to say, I was a little nervous in the lead up to the webinar–mostly about my performance. The good thing was that these pressures made me prepare extra thoroughly, including practicing and getting a couple rounds of feedback, and the results were well-received. Whew!

  2. I will be teaching a couple of short classes in April and May at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, for the first time ever! This will also be a challenge for me because I’ve never led a group class in which the attendees can come from any walk of life. I will have to be on my toes in giving the students plenty of room to absorb the takeaways, to interact with each other, have fun, and still keep the learning going and the program moving. Let’s see how it goes.
  3. Also for the first time ever, O Positive Coaching will advertise in a printed bimonthly publication: the new Scout Cambridge to be launched on March 5th! This is an expansion on the wildly popular Somerville Scout. I’m sure the Cambridge edition is no small gamble for Holli Banks, the Founder and Editor, and for me in terms of putting dollars down, but it was a breeze to work on the ad with Holli and Nicolle, which bodes well for the product to come. So keep an eye out for it, and let me know what you think.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Yes, it can be a little scary, but why not start venturing now?

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