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How to get the most from your experience

John Garnett spoke to participants in 1986 about his experience attending the first Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference in 1956. His advice on how to get the very best out of the experience was summarised in 20 points, which still resonate for CSCLeaders in 2013:

1. Search for the things you will do for the rest of your life.

2. Keep on looking for common ground for as long as it takes because you will find it.

3. Don't stay with people similar to you, learn from people with different experiences from you.

4. It's the words that matter so listen, listen, listen, talk, talk, talk.

5. Record what you learn , write it down as you go.

6. Get away from the PR people on the study tours, listen to real people.

7. Break away from your group, fall behind deliberately, talk to people one to one.

8. Don't ask big questions, ask specific questions like " how are things different now from how they were two years ago?"

9. Problems are simple to pin down, getting the right answer is the really difficult thing.

10. Argue in your groups about what you have seen.

11. Write a report for your employer when you go back to work whether they ask for it or not.

12. At the end, identify your personal actions fast, when you are exhausted, on the way home.

13. Don't keep the excitement and inspiration to yourself, volunteer to talk to groups about what you have learnt.

14. Keep relating what you are learning to your professional or private life, search all the time for what you will do different.

15. Don't get trapped into thinking what other people should do.

16. Avoid criticising what you have seen when you feed back, always start with something loving or complimentary then talk about the challenges.

17. When you feedback to the group, avoid boring general overviews. Give examples, tell stories.

18. Keep a separate set of notes for yourself, recording what you have learnt.

19. Keep discussing your conclusions with your group so that you avoid getting the wrong end of the stick.

20. Study success not failure, seek out where have people and organisations succeeded.



By: Claire | Not tagged

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