If you've gone through any sort of school, you're familiar with a traditional, structured learning environment - one in which the teacher owns the content and drives the curriculum. You show up, absorb the information, do some homework and (hopefully!) learn.
Lingo Live’s learning approach is different. It’s unstructured and tailored to your individual and unique needs. You drive what you want to work on both in terms of focus area and content of session.
Both styles have their advantages and disadvantages! For some, an unstructured learning environment such as Lingo Live can feel confusing and unproductive.
Do any of these roadblocks sound familiar?
- I’m not immediately feeling a strong connection with my coach.
- I don’t understand my coach’s approach, and I have doubts about its effectiveness.
- It doesn’t feel like we’re focusing specifically enough on what I need to work on.
- I’m nervous about not knowing what to expect in my sessions.
- It can feel exhausting to do 45-minute sessions in another language without more structure.
- I’m having trouble finding times that work for both me and my preferred coach.
- I’m having connection issues when I try to start my Lingo Live session.
Here are some tips & tricks from us here at Lingo Live based on feedback from our hundreds of other learners about how to navigate this learning style successfully and maximize the benefits of your personalized language and communication coaching journey.
- Give the relationship a chance. On average, learners and coaches report feeling a positive shift in their relationship after the sixth (6th) session.
- Talk with your coach about your doubts and concerns. After all, learning to have open, honest, transparent dialogue can be another valuable skill you develop!
- While language and communication coaching can be a holistic process, the best results come from working with actual work and real scenarios instead of abstract learning that you might apply at some given point in time. Bring your work into the sessions and discuss real-world communication issues you’re facing and the consequences of not addressing them. This also provides color and context for your coach to tailor their activities and content for you.
- If you can’t find a time that works for you and the coach of your choice, reach out to support! We can help you find a second coach that will fit with your desired schedule times. If you provide as much detail about the learning goals you have in mind or the type of coach we can help find a great coach. Please reach out to us directly at email@example.com with any scheduling concerns.
- Technology isn’t perfect, and connection issues do happen. If you have a plan to meet ion Zoom, but you can’t connect, you should start by emailing your coach and suggesting another conference option where you know you are able to connect (eg. Skype, Blue Jeans). Provide all necessary info for them to meet you there! You can discuss this in a session with your coach as well to agree on a ‘Plan B’ should you have trouble in the future so you can always maximize learning time and minimize the time you’re trying to get technology to work!
Keep in Mind...
- You own your learning - you are the best person to know what will have the greatest impact on your daily life, especially in the workplace
- You can use these sessions to focus on real-time projects which can position you for greater success
- The lack of structure can unleash creativity, everyone has a different learning style; this self-driven style puts you in the strongest position to ensure that how you learn is custom-fit
- Lean into the discomfort. Talk to someone in the group who’s having a positive experience; what are they doing, what is their coach doing; How can you leverage learning from them and apply it to your own experience
- Think about what you can ask your coach to do differently. Here are some things to think about or questions to bring up with your coach to improve your time together.
- Based on what you’ve been doing since you last talked to your coach, what observations do you have about things that might have felt better or which felt challenging
- Did you have a situation where you wanted to speak up and couldn’t (even if it was to share in some joking!)
- Is there something which would you like to work on today based on what happened since your last session or what’s on your horizon
- personal or professional: there are no limitations to this
- Will you be presenting something, written or a presentation, and could you use help on the content or practicing it
- Get them to think about what is challenging and that will usually highlight the area to work on, without them necessarily knowing why
Remember, learning something new (whether in a structured or unstructured environment) is HARD! And it takes time, effort & focus. Keep at it!