7 Key Words to Organize a Continuum of Practice
I have been asked, "Do I have a reminder tool when I organize my work?"
Depending on the organization of work, I have a few.
I pulled this one out of my "TIP BAG"!
It's based on 7 words starting with "C" and form a continuum. They are
Quick definition of concepts (outcomes) for practices (actions)
- Connect - meet and greet - set up relationships
- Consider - think (feel) about it - decision making
- Converse - share to care rather than tell to sell - collaboration
- Conclude - come to agreement, at least acceptance with no blocking
- Complete - finish it - or recommit (achievement and accomplishment)
- Correspond - web of similarity and matching (through foreground and background communication)
- Curate - keep tracking, documentation
Before moving, take some time to speak the definitions of the works as you touch each of the boxes.
Think about this way - you are asked to share a story using the 7 words. The story is about a process you follow at work.
Example: Researching, Building, Delivering, and Evaluating an Online Course
For this example, it's important to invite your audience into the process from the beginning.
Doing so benefits you with the language the audience uses before, during, and after their course involvement.
With their words you can touch their heart. With your words you touch their head. [Paraphrase Nelson Mandela]
You Connect with your audience (them, their) as you research and confirm their needs, wants, and desires about their involvement and Completion of the Course.
These Conversations help your audience gain clarity of what's ahead. While some of these conversations may not be in person or using something like Zoom, these conversations give the person a feeling of your commitment.
In this way, they can Consider your credibility and authority, and Conclude if they will take the next step.
Through these conversations you gain insight (meaningful pattern recognition) of what to add, alter, delete about Version 1 of your course (Correspond).
From all of this time and effort, Curate your notes and insights to build and deliver your course, and when you research, build, and deliver your next course (or book, etc.).
From your audience, there are few who walk with you as you build the course. This connection affords deeper and richer conversations that guide your completion of the course build. They support via combinations of servicing as your coach, facilitator, instructor, and mentor.
You consider and conclude their insights are helpful and useful.
They consider and conclude you are someone to continue to follow - walk with. They become your raving fans and greatest supporters. Some may become educators and/or co-educators. Some become testimonials and example cases.
As you build, curate more insights and ideas. The conversations - if recorded - can serve as content for marketing.
The web of influence - support - correspondence offers a multitude of ways to invite your audience to the course through early participant's word-of-mouth and their/your social (trans) media likes, comments, and shares.
Delivering and Evaluating
With your participant audience do more of what you did during the researching and building of the course.
Now you have living examples of what to continue, stop, and start.
And, what to edit (add, alter and delete).
Work the 7Cs to prepare for the next course and/or the development of an evergreen course.
Could you use the 7Cs for your:
- mentoring practice?
- mental health practice?
- project management?
- small business management?
- family vacation?
- __Your Suggestions__
A Tad More About Correspond - Correspondence
When I read this word, I go to the process of sending letters and emails to one another.
NOW, I appreciate how this word serves as a "web" metaphor to remember the interactions among connect-consider-converse-conclude-complete-curate.
Instead of the linear description of the 7Cs (above), I see how the 7Cs interact in non-linear ways (see image to the right - simple portrayal).
As to the web of correspondence - maybe it
- is ethical - for the world, about respect and fairness
- is ecological - with the planet, about flow and nested systems
- is environmental - with the whole, about cause/effect and rhythm
The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent (2020) On Amazon
The Web of Meaning by Jeremy Lent (2022) On Amazon
To Know the World by Mitchell Thomashow On Amazon
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