Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality

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Hey there!

I was coaching a peer in how to offer appropriate feedback when teaching performers, and we discussed her penchant for “diving deep.”

What can happen when you try to super-size your product or service offering is two-fold: it can cause severe fatigue and impact retention, and it can begin to undermine your ability to lead a client to “fish” as opposed to “catching fish” for them.

Here’s what I mean by that.

Hope this helps!

David

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  1. One problem I, as someone who worked in education at the elementary level, notice is that much of the “adult” education, such as VO classes, investment classes, health and nutrition classes, etc. available on the internet or in live one or two day seminars, is that it is a very large load of information over little time and very little followthrough or practice. When you teach a child math or phonics, you don’t just dump a ton of info and then expect them to retain it. You teach and then repeat and give homework for practice and maybe have educational games and videos that teach the same skills and have a short term quiz and long term exam. Depending on the subject and level of students you might have exercises that use the taught skill in the real world. Adult ed seems to leave all the followthrough on the student, because they are adults. This might work in some cases but it is difficult. Many people go to workshops and seminars for a day or two and expect to be turned into a real estate tycoon or online marketing wiz. But with such high level skills it is hard to know what to do next even with handouts and DVD recordings (which are not always available). VO2gogo does about as good a job as I have seen with followthrough because of the pacing of classes, quizzes and workout sessions and videos such as this. Still it is not like a live class over time, as in school or college.

  2. It’s the story teller in me that wants to over explain. Why use three words when a hundred and three are som much more entertaining? Good stuff, David. Thanks