Recently I was listening to a great Harvard Business Review podcast interviewing Salman Khan, of the Khan Academy. He said something that really resonated with the way I think and react to meetings and learning.
If people are meeting, they don’t need a lecture; if you don’t need them to interact, information should just be in a video or a memo.
He elaborated saying that anything longer than 3 minutes without interaction at their organization is transformed into a video or memo. A fantastic idea! Imagine that THREE MINUTES.
There are so many meetings that are training/education rather than interacting. For example, rolling out a new process, training on new tools, explaining why decisions were made that could be put into a better format.
This is a technique I’ve used for helping groups learn to work with digital tools. Why host a meeting where you train a few people, which will expand and/or change in the future? Recording a short explanation of it allows the training to be reusable and time together becomes focused on exploring questions and testing competency with the new skill.
The entire podcast is worth a listen to get an idea of where the future of education and life long development are heading.
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