After all of the language learning, then came the mentoring. Our company has some really great mentors who have all been incredibly helpful and insightful. We have actually been very fortunate. At first this was great. We were getting lots of helpful ideas and suggestions, but nothing too specific. However, the longer the mentoring went on, the more frustrated I became. Not because they were not doing their jobs, but because I just wanted someone to tell me exactly what to do to be successful at this, being an entrepreneur. How exactly do we pitch this in 5-7 words? Don’t give me potentialities, give me something I can pitch; exactly, word for word. You are the expert; tell me what to say!
So about 2 years ago I had this really brilliant idea. I knew the moment it popped into my head that it was a really good one; perhaps my best to date and I needed to act on it. I ruminated for a couple of months and solidified it a bit before contacting a former colleague of mine to dialogue (academic language) about it or pitch it (entrepreneur language) and see if he was interested in working on the idea together. He was, and so it began.
Editor’s Note: This article has first been published on Tiffany’s personal blog.
Social learning is just one learning tool that can be employed to promote learning in any classroom. We typically think of social learning as peer to peer (P2P) and it is dependent on several factors to be successful:
- The base level of knowledge or experience a learner brings to the discussion
- A positive, open learning environment
- Facilitation of discussion