In November 2016 I started my freelancing journey and four weeks later I hosted my first workshop. If I was scared? Hell yes! But teaching would then become my main source of income, I just had no clue about what was coming next...
It is interesting that I was practicing Agile methodologies before I even knew what Agile was. In fact, the first time I heard from Agile was through one of my participants. I never forgot that little chat, during our lunch break of a workshop in Frankfurt.
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After the first 3 years in business (pre-pandemic) these were the outcomes:
Luckily I was able to improve those details after this first experience.
All these decisions above remained relevant for every single course I hosted afterwards.
Even after attending courses and workshops by some big names in the industry, it was eye-opening to me that the things I cared about were often not provided. It made me proud and I attribute the success of my courses to these “details” everyone else seemed to have forgotten.
None of the courses were the same. Every single time I had the opportunity to test, implement and get feedback. Interviews were also a super important part of the process! But the immediate feedback loop game me the insights about how to improve for the next session.
All that been said, I highly recommend you start gathering some experience with teaching. Our experiences and interests will never overlap 100% so we can always learn something new from each other.
So thankful and grateful for the experiences and for everyone that was a part of it!