I believe that we all have something in us – something we know or believe in strongly. I also believe there are many people out there who are thirsty for that knowledge and insight.
As an educator and a trainer of trainers I have been helping people convey their knowledge and help others learn for many years (as in nearly 20!). During this time I’ve probably designed hundreds of workshops and e-learning courses.
And I can help you too. I love the creative spirit and energy of solopreneurs making something happen out of nothing – changing the course of people’s lives and their businesses. That’s a powerful way to show up in the world and it is my honor to support you.
Why I Love Being an Instructional Designer
I became a librarian in the early 90s, back before Google was born. My career launched at the University of Arizona (in the hot, hot desert!) and then I packed up and moved to the University of Minnesota (practically the tundra!) later that same decade. We did an enormous amount of teaching back then to help university students and faculty navigate what was an extremely complicated research environment.
The thing was none of us in library-land had been taught to teach! Big yikes.
Never one to sit around and complain, I set out to do something about it. I immersed myself in the world of instructional design and brought it back to the librarians I was working with. This started my quest to ‘train the trainer’ so to speak. Organizations began flying me around North America to teach their librarians and educators the keys to creating great instruction. From University of Kansas to Colorado State University to Southern Connecticut State to Cornell to the University of Vanderbilt, it went on and on.
But I still wasn’t done! To reach even more people, I turned my train-the-trainer sessions into a book. It breaks down the design process into a step-by-step plan that can be implemented even by those with no teaching background or education. It was a bestseller! (No, not really, but thousands of people bought it and used it to help design their workshops and courses.)
Some years later, I moved into a role at the University of Minnesota in which my responsibilities officially included staff training and development. I designed and delivered hundreds and hundreds of workshops and created dozens of online trainings, including full courses.
Simultaneously, I began creating services and products, and nurtured hobbies that helped me strengthen my own solopreneur muscles. In looking for my next venture, I wanted to really engage my passion and expertise, and focus on something that I loved to do. Working with solopreneurs and helping them create opportunities for others to learn was a magical synergy.
I’d love us to get to know each other and explore the possibilities of e-courses as a direction for your business. Click over to Work With Me to find out more.