Think you can take a few classes or attend a workshop and you’re suddenly a genius at business?
Of course you don’t. Being an Art Biz Blog reader, you know better.
Libby Hintz shared a recent Aha! moment about this:
I realize it really does take someone saying something more than once for me to absorb what is being taught to me.
I have bought your book and read it; I have taken the three-week online marketing class; I have attended a workshop; and now I have taken the 13-week Art Biz Bootcamp. By the time Bootcamp rolled around, I do believe that I was ready to heed the lessons but I also feel that the 13 weeks was a great format for me to learn in. By giving me a lesson and actions each week, the seven days gave me space around the questions and allowed me time to make some decisions before the next lesson was coming to me.
We learn something from each new encounter with a subject. In particular, we learn better when we engage another of our 5 senses or see the topic in a new, or even slightly different, format.
If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll relate to what I tweeted a few weeks ago: “The more I know, the less I consider myself an expert.”
There’s so much to learn, know, and do. Every step forward reveals even more options, and we only begin to understand the implications of an action after we have been implementing it consistently.
Rather than giving up on learning a business skill, such as making a video or improving your blog, I suggest diving deep into the subject. Half-hearted attempts produce half-hearted results.
Here’s how to immerse yourself and really learn how to promote your art effectively.
Read about best practices in business books, on blogs, and in magazines.
Read lessons for your classes and comments on blogs.
In my experience, the order of reading and listening is interchangeable. Sometimes I listen to audio before I read a transcript or summary (my preference). Other times, it’s the reverse.
Listen to classes, podcasts, and other recordings. Listen to audio books.
Soak in the lessons.
Watch videos online and lectures at an art museum. Watch slide presentations.
What to the speakers do and say to connect with you? What could they do better?
Watch the masters. Notice how the artists and marketers you admire are tweeting on Twitter, updating their Facebook page, blogging, and connecting with their audiences.
Ultimately, it comes down to DO-ing. All of the reading, listening, and watching is for naught if you don’t implement what you learn.
Implement the best of what you read, listen and watch. Implement it before you forget about it or the next bright shiny idea comes along.
Tweak it to fit your needs and decide if it’s something you’ll use to continue to improve your circumstances.
Write about your experience in your journal, on your Facebook page, or on your blog.
Documenting what you have learned will make it more real. There is great value in seeing on paper or on the screen what you have accomplished.
I learn something every time I teach a class. In fact, I learn lots of somethings!
To bring the lesson full circle, teach someone else how to do what you have learned, either in person or through your writing.
Libby read my book, attended my live workshop where she listened to me and watched a lot of slides, and took my three-week classes. But it wasn’t until she participated in Bootcamp that the lessons began to stick for her.
What does it take for the knowledge to sink in for you?