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Experiential Learning

Updated: Jan 9

January 6, 2023




2022 was far from a quiet year for me. I nurtured The Vibrant Hive and witnessed growth, improvements, and notable change in the team members I taught. It always amazes me how much of a shift is possible in a relatively short time when we learn, apply concepts we learned to our work, and then practice.


As 2022 drew to a close, Facebook showed me a post I had written in 2016, and it reminded me of something I had realized at the close of that year.


“The less you do something, the less you want to do it.”


At the beginning of 2016, I decided not to shop for clothes for one year. Guess what? I did it! It was the first time in my life that I stuck to a new years resolution. At the end of the year, I found that I had lost the desire to shop. The excitement of “what do I need” didn’t wash over me anymore when I walked into a store. And I’m not talking about just clothes. It spilled into all other areas of shopping too. As I sat with the newfound realization I’d gained from my personal experience, I more fully recognized the immense truth of the opposite idea.


"The more you do something, the more you want to do it."


It ties in with the law of momentum; which says that change can't happen without movement. So, the more I do something, the more I want to do it, and the more likely I am to keep putting in the effort. And with that effort and action, change is more likely to happen. I need to do things consistently to gain momentum in any area of my life, and each day the desire to do the little things that make a big difference will increase. And I’ll have the impetus to move forward both physically and mentally. It helps get my mind on board when my body gets moving and does what I need to do. It's a balance of the mental and physical.


I had heard the concept before, but the experiment I did in 2016 is what I needed to learn the concept more fully by looking at the idea from the other side; by taking something away. It didn’t begin as an experiment, but in the end, it provided me with the valuable data I needed to show myself what works in my life. It showed me why it’s essential to integrate and try out new ideas, concepts, and skills if I want to improve and enjoy work and life more fully.


During workplace coherence & communication training we do experiential learning. Which means that participants learn, then immediately apply what they're learning to work by working through actual challenges, then they practice again and again between training sessions. That’s where the consistency comes in. And over time, they transform and achieve the changes they’ve always wanted because they’ve created a healthy habit that moves them forward. We don’t learn by just listening; we learn more fully by doing. And that’s why experiential learning is so effective.


As you look at work and your personal life, which aspects could benefit from experiential learning? Is there a change you want but have no idea how to go about it?



Author:

Monica Binger

Workplace Coherence & Communication Specialist

Executive Leadership Coach

onward@monicabinger.com

monicabinger.com


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