Perceptions of Failure
I had everything ready for my first BlackBoard Collaborate webinar where I was a guest of Shelee King George for Peer Coaching. My computer was ready, and just in case, I had Plan B set up -- my laptop was booted up with the URL typed in.
When it was time to start, my computer crashed and my laptop froze. Panic. Anxiety. I ended up using our System Admin's computer because neither of mine would reboot.
|Pictures by AJUSD's Brian Killgore|
I was taking a risk and trying something new, but didn't feel like I was connecting with my audience because I couldn't see nor hear them. Plus, I didn't feel like my calm collected self after the technical errors.
I easily could have dismissed the whole experience and told myself, "I guess it's just not the medium for me, so I'll never try that again."
Time Gives Perspective, even Inspiration
The following two days were filled with fabulous training. I had the privilege of facilitating training for AJUSD's second group of Collaboration Coaches.
During our training, I was inspired by three teachers who used new mediums to create a multi-media presentation to introduce Collaboration Coaching to their staff. They experienced some technical difficulties, but instead of giving up and dismiss using technology, they stuck with it and figured it out.
By falling in the pitfalls, they learned how to successfully navigate around them for next time, to achieve their goal quicker.
These few days were a great reminder of frustration, but also a reminder to fail forward. Remembering John Maxwell's words of wisdom to pick yourself up and continue on is essential in leadership.
Even though my first webinar did not go the way I envisioned, it went much better than how I perceived it, and the rest of the week was epic. I am glad for the opportunity to learn from perceived failures, and to turn those into successes.
Click here to listen to the recording of the webinar, and skip ahead to 2:30 for the start of our webinar.
- How do you help others (or yourself) when frustrated with technology?
- Do you find that time and reflection gives strength and perspective?
- Failing does not make you a failure. Do you agree?
- What do you do to get over a failure?
- How else does this post connect with you?