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Drumroll… our big announcement!

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As we mentioned last week, we have a big announcement for you today!

We know that many extension practitioners struggle to learn the basics of their craft, as it is rarely taught anymore. While Denise and I have been happily sharing snippets of our knowledge and experience through our short, easy-to-understand episodes, we know that people want more.

So, drumroll please… we’ve listened to you and we’re now offering… online courses! 

However, we know you wouldn’t expect us to offer just the normal, humdrum online courses. We appreciate that many people struggle to engage, let alone finish, most online courses. 

So, ours are no ordinary online courses! They use a blended approach of online learning and personalised coaching. This has been shown to super-charge the learning outcome. 

You’ll be able to access the online learning modules 24/7, whenever and wherever it suits you. You’ll be invited to attend live coaching sessions to maintain your learning focus and have your questions answered. 

We’re using a cohort learning approach, where you can exchange thoughts and ideas with a small group of similarly-minded people from different industries and backgrounds. This supportive environment is inclusive and collaborative, to help nurture your learning journey and keep you on-track. 

We use the flipped learning approach so you can absorb the material in your own time and at your own pace. You then come together with your peers to discuss its nuances and practical application. That means we can have meaningful discussions about applying it in practice, and you can deep-dive into how you can apply it in your own work setting.

This isn’t just another online course—this is a transformational experience to help take your extension professionalism to the next level! 

We’re starting by offering a course we’ve not seen offered anywhere else. We’ll offer the more traditional ones (like adult learning, group facilitation, and monitoring and evaluation) in due course. But when we reflected about what made the greatest change to our own extension practice, it wasn’t any of those. Nor was it learning more about the area of our technical knowledge, such as nutrition management or irrigation scheduling. 

In our experience, the key to enabling greater practice change with the clients we’ve worked with (whether they be farmers, growers, or graziers), is… building trust and rapport. Without this foundation, many of the messages we try to communicate with our clients are hollow and empty. They need to trust us to make a change in their daily practices. So often we mistakenly believe in the information deficit model—we think that all we have to do is just tell people what they don’t know and they will magically change their behaviour. We spend thousands of dollars on pretty brochures and websites, but the sad truth is that it is often a waste of money. Think about it… when did you last change your behaviour based on information alone? Compare that with when a trusted friend shared something of importance with you, and you thought, ‘Yes – I need to do that!’. 

There is strong evidence from the healthcare profession that compassion—the emotional response to another’s pain or suffering, involving an authentic desire to help—is sadly lacking, yet is so vital. Often the missing ingredient is simply empathy—the ability to identify with another person, understanding what it might be like to be that person. It’s how we try to understand what others are experiencing, as if we’re feeling it ourselves. If we can’t do that, then it is unlikely we’ll be able to build a meaningful trust relationship with them. This sounds simple, but how do you actually go about developing your ability to be more empathetic? 

After completing our course, Building trust and rapport to enable greater change, you will be more able to:

  • understand the different elements of trust, rapport and empathy
  • better appreciate the contribution of trust and rapport in changing behaviour
  • identify ways to create and sustain meaningful trust relationships with farmers
  • have greater confidence in working with farmers to enable greater change.

In fact, we’re so confident that you’re going to like this course, that we’re offering a money back guarantee. So, if you put in the time, do the work, and reach out to us so we can help you along the way… we guarantee that if you’re not satisfied with the program, we’ll refund your tuition in full. No strings attached.

Now I’m sure that you’re aware of the importance of early adopters for being the brave ones to try new ideas and innovations. Well, this is our first blended online course, so we’re offering you a $100 discount to be brave! You’ll get full access to the course and coaching for only $397 instead of the regular price of $497. To ensure that you receive a high-quality learning experience, places are strictly limited, so register now to secure your place.

Don’t delay… hop over, have a look and grab your place! 

All the best

John 

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