In The Beginning

The Case of the Unblogging Blogger

I’ve always known my purpose. I am passionate about helping other people.

Blogs are a great way to connect and express common passions with others, which in my world is the gift of learning and communication. As an active member and contributor to blogs, forums and other professional networks I was paying it forward……..or was I?

Professional colleagues asked me why I hadn’t started the blog for SWG Learning yet and I came up with quite a few legitimate excuses , deny/blame/justify, reasons:

(see how many you have used)

  • I’m an employee: I’m too busy, work is crazy….or some other variation involving the concepts of underesourced/overworked/time poor
  • I’m a travelling professional: Traveling too much at the moment/My hotels don’t have Wi-Fi/I have First World Problems
  • I’m a creative procrastinator: The instant gratification monkey* has grabbed me

Instant Gratification Monkey

  • I’m a parent: I’ve got school activities on during the week
  • I’m married: I’ve got social activities on during the weekend
  • I’m a pet-owner: My dog ate my computer/My computer ate my dog
  • I’m unlucky: I broke both my arms (which I actually did in 2012, not exactly a bucket list item)

In the limbic court of subconscious decision-making, I can hear the prosecutor of personal beliefs and values challenge the defence attorney of rationalization.

“Objection your honour!…….The evidence presented is circumstantial at best”

To which the court judge has replied: “Sustained”

The prosecutor presented Simon Sinek’s mantra of “Start with Why”…….noting that Why is not about making money. There is a higher purpose for each of us.

Start WIth Why TEDx Talk

The defence had no rebuttal and the case was won.

Here is the blog now, finally and as I move forward helping others to grow and learn, I look forward to learning and growing with them too.

SWG Learning Update: November 2013

I’m currently consulting with businesses to improve their planning strategy and also developing induction programs for sales based organisations here in Queensland. Additionally I’m engaging in some MOOCs to design and build some learning pathways that have been back of mind recently. Finally, I’m having a Twitter meet and greet with other L&D specialists to enrich my PLN. Next steps are to catch up with IAF and ILP colleagues and also put together some packages for Graphic Recording.

On a personal note, I’ve done some graphic recording for my wife’s company, and here is a link from the amazing people at RSA Animate showing how graphic recording can work.

I’ve introduced my six year old son to non-classroom learning via the vsauce channel on Youtube which focus on concepts of “How Do Things Work” and “What If…….”.

His post-video reactions and our talks on amazing topics such as ‘why people get bored’, ‘firing a gun in space’ and the ‘hottest thing in the universe’ are great reminder of the pure joy that learning brings.

Watch this space and join me on the journey.


About SWGLearning

Professional Facilitator and Learning Designer. Passionate about helping other people to grow through communication and thought leadership. Currently completing studies at Marriage University majoring in Husband Studies and Parenting Philosophy..
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