May 26, 2016 at 12:51 am #23501
OK. I’ve been meaning to create this thread for a while.
Where I’m currently at: I’ve created my high level overview for my superhero-themed career change course. I’m now working through each of my milestones, creating lesson plans and trying to ensure that the mini transformations are going to be effective. I’ve completed 3 out of my 12 milestones, and laid the groundwork for 4 and 5. I’ve also been playing with my theme language, trying to name each milestone, flesh out the story that goes with my theme, and the names of some potential characters who might pop up. There are still quite a few holes in this vocabulary but it’s coming along.
I’ve made a new superbuddy sidekick in Dr Wayne Buckhanan and am loving all his calm wisdom and creativity. I hope that I’m being helpful too!
I also just made my Intro Video, which was a huge leap forward for me in terms of starting to break down this issue I have with doing video and for the first time I’m feeling hopeful that one day I might even feel comfortable with doing it.
Next for me is continuing to complete my lesson plans for my remaining modules, then getting some feedback on the actual transformative potential. I need to complete my superhero vocabulary. And I want to read up on the works of some thought leaders I’ve had on my bedside table for ages, and get the bits that feel important peppered through my course and (fully referenced) to back it up. Then I’m going to post the draft to complete the second challenge.
Time is a challenge for me right now. Life is quite the balancing act these days, as a mum and working a significant number of hours contracting too. But it’s coming along, slowly!
May 26, 2016 at 6:55 am #23515
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Woohoo! Good job starting this thread, super buddy!
I love the fact that we’re both saying “my buddy is great, hope I’m helping them, too!” 😉
Keep plugging away and focusing on how to serve your tribe and you’ll be even super-er!May 26, 2016 at 10:39 am #23534
This is so awesome to read @lisa.russell. What a breath of inspiration and fun you’ll be offering your tribe through this course. Transitions like a career change can be such a pain in the ass, scary journey. Having a map like this is going to be such a gift!
As for videos. You seemed so awesome and at ease in front of the camera, so keep on practicing. You’re only gonna get better and learn to have more fun 😀May 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm #23564
Such a cool theme! Way to go 🙂May 29, 2016 at 4:58 am #23757
Sounds really cool @lisa.russell! Looking forward to seeing more of itJune 2, 2016 at 2:34 pm #24238
Holy $%&!balls (excuse my language). Something totally amazing has just happened.
Today I started a secret Facebook group and reached out to my personal network to see if anyone was feeling frustrated in their careers and would be interested in being in an ongoing online focus group where they would be able to be the first people to experience my new ecourse materials in exchange for honest feedback. I left the message hanging and thought nothing more about it.
I have just logged in and found close to 20 requests to be added to the group. I was a little bowled over but dutifully responded to and added everyone into the group. I asked them to introduce themselves, knowing there were a few feeling frustrated in similar careers and wondered if it would be good for them to connect with others. And they’re actually doing it. 20 people who don’t know each other are there, connecting, seeing each other, understanding each other, feeling hopeful, because of a group I set up, just today???
I thought I’d have 5 responses, tops.
Did I just accidentally set up a community? Oh geez, this just got very real.
:-OJune 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm #24353
This is fantastic!!!!
What are 5 things you’ve learned from being a part of THIS community that you can apply to running YOUR community?
Way to take action.June 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm #24357
Top takeaways – first thoughts:
- It’s about facilitating experiences, not ‘telling’.
- Not having all the answers, even as a leader, is not only cool but actually really helps, because you can get involved with problem solving and walking the talk. I’m committing to being cool with not knowing.
- You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. However, if you lead him to mouthwatering sparkleberry glitter-juice, he probably won’t be able to help himself and take a big old gulp. (And when he’s done that, you should give him some carrots or something so he can save them up and trade them for a trip to that horse ranch in Hawaii.) (Ooh, carrots!)
- Being honest, and real, and present goes a long long way.
- I’m allowed to kick back and have some fun too.
I’m so sure there are more! Will keep thinking about this. Thanks @bradleytmorris!June 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm #24365
Congrats on the “accidental” community!
I raise my glass of sparkleberry glitter-juice.June 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm #24367
AWESOME list Lisa. Thanks for sharing.
I just found this list on a community building site called “FeverTree.com” today:
June 4, 2016 at 2:49 am #24383
- Building a community is a scientific profession: Data and proven science must guide our actions, not guesswork.
- Communities are a long term project: Communities take months and years to mature, not days and weeks.
- Community Managers should love the topic: A community should be managed by a passionate, full-time, community professional.
- Communities must benefit the members more than the organization: Communities must give members more in ego, social, informational, and supportive benefits than it takes.
- Measure the value of communities: Communities deliver incredible benefits that should be measured metrically.
Great list – thanks @bradleytmorris! Brings to mind the quote (no idea who said it)… “You cannot manage what you do not measure”.
I’m going to add to my list an important one that I am really starting to absorb: the course itself is actually secondary to the community.
There was me thinking I was building an e-course. Actually, it’s so much more than that…
🙂June 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm #24989
Time for an update.
I think I have a new name. I’m been playing and sitting with the name Career Avengers for a week now and it’s really grown on me. I’m still going to refer to Superwork and call the learning area the Superwork Academy, but I feel happier to have found a unique name. I’m now thinking about the tag line (I definitely want it to be something with KAPOW in it, literally), and letting that percolate too.
Meanwhile I have started writing scripts and storyboard for my first unit. The story is really starting to take shape and I’m thinking about props and green screen kit and all sorts. Exciting and scary!
I have also researched and purchased hosting through Siteground and am getting set up to install Social Learner and all that other platform jazz. Just waiting to get my current WP network install transferred over.
I’ve been speaking to a really good friend of mine and fellow coach about coming on board and she’s really excited. So I MAY have my first team member!
And I have also set up my focus group and have started taking them through the programme I have designed. I’m feeling really encouraged so far, although it’s really hard to get people being active in the group, I guess partly because they’re all there for free. There’s something about investing your own money in a thing that really makes you commit to it.
I also took on a new client today and she’s the first person I have sold my new programme to. I was getting a great vibe and really felt that she was an ‘ideal’ client. She was so excited and she said she actually got shivers down her spine when I spoke about the superhero thing and why I’ve created a programme with this imagery. It was literally the best ‘sales’ call I have ever had. It’s hugely reassuring to know that this crazy thing I am building is resonating with my market.
There is something I need help with and I wondered if some of you might be willing to brainstorm it with me. I am really struggling to come up with a name for the forums that fits my theme. I have thought of:
The Assembly Rooms (because of Career *Avengers*)
A really British style pub called The Cape and Boots, or something along those lines
The Rec Room,
The Hub, the Plaza
Ugh. Nothing seems quite right. I think the closest is the pub, but for certain of my calls to action to share stuff there it doesn’t quite hit the right tone.
🙂June 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm #24993
I’m in transit right now so will keep this brief.
I looooooove where this vision is going.
Wanted to to share a forum idea.
The Phone Booth (superman)
the Coversation Cave
the Round Table
I’ll have more coming.June 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm #25011
Thanks Bradley! These are great.
The phone booth I have already used as one of my module titles, the same with Headquarters, but the conversation cave has real potential. It kind of reminds me of the Fortress of Solitude (maybe there’s even a way to play on that to make it sound a bit more sociable). The Round table feels a little Arthurian (but imagine how perfect it would be for a knights theme!)
But I keep coming back to headquarters and wondering if I could rename my module title so that I could free up this word. The module is about actually starting out on the final mission, I’m wondering whether I could rename it The Command Room or Mission Control instead and take headquarters for the forums.
This would give me the Academy for the learning modules and then right next to it, Headquarters for the forums.
That actually feels pretty good. What do you think?
🙂June 13, 2016 at 2:59 pm #25064
Central Intelligence could be another…
Central Intelligence Area (CIA): Where the community gathers to share ideas…
I like all of the ones you suggest. It’s hard to choose THE ONE. I say pick one and wait for a better one to come.
Curious what the X Men School was called. Or if there are any other super hero stories that revolve around a school or top secret hidden place? There are definitely a lot of possibilities and you indeed have a blank canvas to create from!
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