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See the World Through Your Creativity Glasses but Watch Out for Negative Thoughts, unless You Put Them into Your Work in Your Own Particular Art Form

Works in Progress in NYC

In New York City where we are based, there is excitement and creativity all around you 24/7. Even with all that has happened to our wonderful city in recent times, the energy over the possibilities that are accessible, are stronger than ever. And one of the most successful ways of achieving, can be found in the idea of “workshopping.” Workshopping means that you do not have to get it to be perfect, because creating is a process, a workshopping of concepts and ideas.

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself with Negative Thoughts

This notion is very important because many people, maybe even you, are trapped by their judgement on themselves that they have to be perfect from the very beginning. This is simply not the case in reality. A workshop can be a forum for creativity, in which you build your idea from the bottom up. This concept of not having to be perfect from the very beginning can be quite powerful. When as a person you give yourself permission to not have to “get it all correct” from the word “Go.”

Welcome Creativity

Not being hard on yourself at critical moments allows you to keep moving forward so that you do not have to “have it all together” in the beginning and can develop what you are working on in phases. From one incarnation to the next you may very well find yourself learning while doing. This can be a great feeling in which you are able to have a sense of freedom in your creativity!

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Loss of In-Person Education Led to Reinvention

Looking Back

In its heyday (pre-COVID-19) NYC Workshops had the mission of partnering with businesses and educators to bring in-person education to those in need. Since then, with the pandemic virtually erasing the market for in-person educational opportunities, NYC Workshops adapted by providing remote education outside of just New York City.

Transitioning is Easier Said than Done

NYC Workshops has been experimenting with a digital business model for their constituency, many of whom are homebound. It has been a challenging process with a high learning curve to overcome.

Multifaceted Approach

The NYC Workshops ‘program has always had the focus of offering interactive project focused education. This manifests as combining lectures, with interactive student participation and even the students becoming the teachers.

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Learn Strategies to Create and Facilitate Useful Educational Workshops Despite COVID-19 and a Country Divided

Learn to Facilitate

In this era of the Coronoavirus, now more than ever interactivity, fun and ultimately educational workshops need to be implemented. This is because the more opportunities to safely be a part of a class from your own home, the better. Now thanks to technologies like Zoom and beyond, you can be a part of an experience via your computer’s ability to transmit audio and video. Yes, even while isolated in your house or apartment of the Pandemic you can still have wonderful group experiences. Want to facilitate such a venture. You’re in luck. Here’s how:

Breakdowns of a Total Plan

To start with, you need to think about if this will be a single time happening or if it will be extended over time through sequential visits. The reason this is important is because each of this approaches impacts how your lesson plan is created. If your offering occurs only one time total you need to include the beginning, middle and and within the same undertaking. Whereas if it is extended with weekly or daily visits, each segment covers consecutive smaller breakdowns of a total plan.

Be Inspired to Be Inspiring

To make certain that your happening is inspirational and useful you need to integrate what you find to be inspirational and useful yourself. This is because if you experience these elements, your students are more likely to take in these goals as well.

Clarity is Vital

Stay with it and do not get discouraged. Yes, developing a single or sequence of experiences can be challenging, but if you stick with it and give it your best creatively, you will succeed. And remember it is all about your blueprint. If you do not have a clear cut lesson plan you will not succeed. Think of it this way, would you build a house without a plan? Of course, and the same goes for you as well.

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How to Survive as a Workshop Educator in a Pandemic

In-person workshops are at an all time low, with more people vying to stay home rather than go out, let alone traveling to a space and spend time learning.

So what is a workshop educator to do? The answer is to take out that laptop or even your phone and start typing. What are you typing? You are taking the first step toward starting your own digitally based business!

You may have heard the term “Digital Transformation?” If not, this means the process of making your business more digital. If you are an educator now you can pivot to a new business model, one in which you sell lessons and workshops on digital, in the comfort of their own home. There is a lot of information online both about Digital Transformation and creating and selling online workshops!

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Remember When TVs Were Cutting Edge?

Staying on Top

Actually, I don’t remember when TVs were cutting edge because that happened before I was born. But there are those who do remember and are still alive. The point being that everything technological at one time was new and there are things not yet invented that will be new tomorrow. So how do you stay on top of this as an educator?

Can You See Into the Future

The answer is that you need to be listening to the future and be able to anticipate what is coming next. This is no easy task and takes practice to be able to do. And of course is not always right. In other words, you can think you are seeing into the future of education, but you are not.

Give ‘Em What They Want

Don’t worry too much about predicting the future. You just need to be in synch with the times and have an understanding and insight into what your audience wants. Give education to them better than the next guy and you will be fine.

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NYC Workshops are Online

Differences Between Workshops and Classes

We live in an online world, therefore our workshops at NYC Workshops are now online. Can a workshop be taught online? Absolutely. A workshop tends to be different than a class in that a workshop is more of an activity driven entity, while classes might be more lecture and assignment oriented.

Growing Web Based Learning

Needless to say that this isn’t an absolute. Both workshops and classes can share many attributes including being online. At this stage of the game, we at USA How To, DIYdigi and more are committed to working and growing in web based learning.

No Need to Step Outside

What does this mean to you? It means that in our current Coronavirus environment, you no longer have to go out of doors to attend an NYC Workshop.

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eBooks are the New Workshops

Turbulent Times

We are living in difficult times. Seeking solutions daily because of restrictions that exist. One of these challenges is still getting a good education and possible adaptation to a new vocation or approach.

The New Way

Live workshops that physically necessitate being there live and in person no longer work. An obvious alternative is to watch videos on the topic you are interested in. One thing that may not come right to mind are eBooks.

eBooks as a Resource

eBooks are a great and inexpensive way to learn new skills in these challenging days. Live workshops are out (except when live streamed on the web) and eBooks are in. A new place online to get eBooks that is growing quickly is USA How To.

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Are You Using Digital Marketing Properly?


Market Yourself

There are all different kinds of ways of marketing yourself. For example, the Stamas Bros use humor and Web Design Magician uses magic. But regardless of the way you promote yourself, you need to have a well thought out strategic approach of getting the word out there. That’s where social media can com into effect. Social media is very much here and is not going anywhere soon. So for this NYC Workshops edition we’re going to take a gander at various things you can do in conjunction with your social, what they do and how they are helpful for someone wanting to market themselves.

Enhancing Your Skill Set

First off, even if you are pretty versed in social, you still may need to go back to the basics. Consider starting at zero again just so you are certain your foundation is solid. This is not about becoming a beginner again, but rather on heightening the impact your current skill set has.

See It Through Their Eyes

The first thing to look at is your content. Is it not leading the reader to follow through and take the action you desire her or him to do? If so this could be the need to work on the content, putting yourself in the place of the prospect. When performing live, Web Design Magician draws the audience in with illusion and entertainment.

Check the Efficiency of Your Solutions

Not getting action from your content on your social platforms could be due to not thinking things through as though you were the target demographic reading it. Is this exciting and offers a true solution to the problem of your demographic? If not, rework it.

The All Important CTA (Call to Action)

Sometimes not getting results can be due to not having had enough of a foundation in developing calls to action. You may need to seek out the help of professionals such as those at Web Design Magician or by taking a comedic look at the process of self promotion from the humorous Stamas Bros.

Linked In

Are you on Linked In? Chances are that you are, but are you making the best possible use of it? This means again putting yourself into the head space of the viewer and deciding if what you are offering is going to trigger action. And as mentioned earlier, sometimes humor is the way to do this. It certainly is with the Stamas Bros.

Prepare for that First Impression

The key here is personal branding. Everything you say, do or show is a part of the branding process of you and your business or career. You want to have it all planned out in advance because as the saying goes, you never get a second chance at a first impression.

Working with Influencers

Another path to consider is getting influencers and ambassadors on board. But if you do go this route you’re going to want to be sure to be available as a resource to them in terms of your business so that they can do the best job possible on your behalf.

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USAcreate.com

Have you done an action plan lately?

The latest post on the USAcreate.com blog, might be of interest to educators. It consists of encouraging words regarding your action plan. According to the entry, everyone needs an action plan and the more simple the better. Wait, I’m not going to give it away. Check it out here.