The difference experiential learning makes
Books can teach us many things. But some things have to be experienced before we can translate knowing to understanding and proficiently doing. Think for a second of reading a book or watching a video on how to ski. These give us some kind of mental images of what’s involved.
It’s not until you experience big flat bits of wood strapped to your feet combined with the gradient of the mountainside combined with the weather conditions do you really learn what it takes to move, yet alone play in harmony with gravity and gracefully glide rhythmically downhill and at will come to a safe standstill. Input from a guide or teacher makes all the difference to the pace of progress or the level of challenge we are prepared to take on.
Learning leadership embodiment techniques is very similar in my view. A good guide leading you through paced exercises facilitates a deeper sense of what the concepts are about and more importantly builds our confidence. You feel your way through experience, noticing what you notice in yourself and with others. Gently practice after practice building skill levels.
In part 3 of this 3 part article series on Leadership Embodiment, Paul King shares what participants describe what they’ve personally learned after investing time in an experiential learning workshop.
And what is specifically different? Curious what participants typically say after attending a leadership embodiment workshop? Here Paul shares in what ways new levels of leadership embodiment awareness impacts.