Welcome folks to a new year, and congratulations on surviving 2020… what a rollercoaster year that was!
While the effects of COVID-19 have certainly been disruptive here in Australia and New Zealand, we feel for the other countries where it has been absolutely devastating. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones as a result, or whose employment has suffered. We also recognise that we have a way to go on this. It’s going to take a while before things get to a new normal.
However, there are some brighter things happening at the moment… we are really glad that you are part of the Enablers of change community. You are one of hundreds of people all around the world that take an interest in enabling greater change. No matter how you engage with our material—whether it be reading our blog, watching our short videos or listening to our podcasts—we are delighted to be working alongside you.
We love that there are now over 300 comments on our blog posts, as we have always seen this as a two-way street—we are happy to share our thoughts and ideas, but we love hearing yours too. That way we are building on each other’s ideas and coming up with something even better. To us, that is co-innovation in practice, which is fantastic!
Thanks also to those of you who reached out to us with your suggestions on how we could improve things. Thanks to Scott who suggested the episode on what to do if you lose your job. We dived in deep and talked about chosen and unchosen change, and how it’s often better to work to your strengths rather than try to fix your weaknesses. Thanks also to Matt and his suggestions, as we have also improved the layout of our YouTube title slides, which now include our stylised images to make them a little more personable. Plus he suggested we use categories on our blog posts, which we have done, which makes it easier to find related topics. If you too have a great idea, feel free to reach out and let us know!
We had about 10,000 people visit the website last year, and the clever squirrels who power the site tell us that the top five most visited blog posts were:
- What are the six adult learning principles?
- What is agricultural extension?
- Top tips for effective webinars
- The modern evolution of extension, and finally,
- Bennett’s hierarchy: a simple yet powerful evaluation framework.
We have a long list of ideas for future topics coming your way soon. You may recall we talked about pre-mortems in the past, but this year we are going to talk about pre-questions and how they can help your videos be more effective. We will also help solve some of your perennial problems, such as how to easily collate information gathered during a workshop.
We are glad to be sharing our thoughts and ideas with you. If you wanted to do just one thing to help us, we would love you to share this material with others who might be interested and who might perhaps benefit from it. We all know word of mouth is the most effective way to promote a product or service. So do us a favour and let some of your colleagues know about our material by sending them a quick email with a recommendation and a link to our Enablers of change website. Or write it on a Post-it Note, and share our tips about how to stop Post-it Notes from curling and falling off the wall!
Thanks again for being part of our adventures. Remember to subscribe to our newsletter if you would like to know when new episodes are available.
All the best until we meet again!