People will sometimes ask, “What did you learn?” Our workplace experiences guide nearly everything that happens next. They tear down, create new, or expand organization culture.
Likely, no one experiences the experience in exactly the same way. On a trip to Disney, individual experiences are different. A trip to the beach, the mountain resort, or last evenings sporting event, no two people have exactly the same experience.
It is the same for what we read, watch on TV, or learn in the seminar. It is always shaped by our individual thoughts and past experiences.
This is exactly why the concept of experiential learning matters in workshops and seminars. You can tell people many things, when you prompt them to reflect on ideas as an experience it is much more powerful.
In many regards, it is why the keynote at the convention is impactful, or perhaps why it is not. Ask a few people what they thought, you’ll likely get some different answers. No two people will experience it exactly the same way.
The stories that are told and the stories that are heard may be two different things.
The hope then, of the story teller, the workshop leader, or the CEO is that his or her involvement will create the kind of impact desired.
The desire to shape futures, pivot directions, or do more of the same will be based on the behaviors that are led by our experiences.
We all rely on stories to shape what happens next. Biblical stories, historical accounts, and, “the way things are done around here.”
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.