I once attended a very inspiring webinar that challenged me to design materials that would be better received by the audience. This presenter was so engaging that I was mesmerized throughout the entire session. It all seemed so clear. This was how our company’s training sessions should be if we were going to make any kind of impact. I was ready and inspired to go straight to work. I would begin transforming my training materials into the kind of engaging session that I just witnessed.
…Then, still at my desk, I realized I didn’t know how to get started.
I opened the file of the key project I was working on at the time. I had inherited a lot of old training. These sets of “slideuments” (documentation formatted in a set of slides) were more than 150 slides long. Each slide was very wordy and a collection of concepts unto themselves. Each set of slides was designed to be a data dump of facts, figures, and government guidelines that would all be poured out in one day of a four to five day training boot camp.
That sinking feeling we’ve all felt
Are you feeling the same churning in your stomach, glossy-eyed look, and the severe need to take a nap that I felt at the time?
I was too overwhelmed to figure out how I would make the leap from what I had to work with to what I was inspired to create. Looking a little further down the road, I began to realize that even if I could create something that was actually teachable to live, warm bodies without turning them into zombies, how would I get the experts and the trainers on board with delivering the content in it’s new, radically different format? How would I prove that new training would work? How would I go about collecting data for results?
The truth is that the gap from where I was to where I wanted to be was too big to leap across. I needed to know what I could do today to take that first step. I needed a bridge—a staircase to help me rise above the barriers I was facing.
There has to be a better way
What I found was that success is incremental.
Eventually I went back to my desk, opened up those unruly files and began to break them into smaller concepts, each of which could be covered in an hour. If a concept took more than an hour, I made a group of sub-concepts that fed into a bigger one. I tore each concept apart and rebuilt it like it was a structure, engineered for stability. I documented my steps along the way so that I could develop methodologies that would get me and others to more successful results—faster and more directly.
Getting started doesn’t need to be the hardest part
Getting started is the hardest part of a project when you can see the vision but you can’t see the road for getting there.
The good news is that there IS a vision. The better news is there IS a way to get there, step by step, incrementally.
Give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to hear what you’re struggling with. Maybe we can help. Maybe we can’t. But perhaps we can at least help you identify that first step.