In how many ways can you say something?

Have you ever tried this?
Expressing the same idea in many different ways.

Writing down the same idea in many different ways is a first for me. Each time with a different aim in mind. This was part of a learning exercise for an online writing course, and I found it very interesting and very revealing. I never thought I could say the same thing in so many ways. Let’s begin.

The original viewpoint

Self-discipline: the ability to make yourself do things you know you should even when you do not want to. However difficult to achieve, it is an important attribute of successful people.

Moving towards the reader

Making yourself do what is needed, even if you don’t feel like it, is commendable. Self-discipline is definitely aiding you in your road to success.

Moving away from the reader

Self-discipline is a commendable ability. Doing whatever necessary despite not feeling like it is difficult, yet necessary to succeed in any field.

Moving against the reader

Self-discipline is not exactly your strong-suit, is it? Well, no surprise there! It isn’t easy to do something when you don’t really feel like it. Success in life can come without this self inflicting discipline. I get it.

Push: suggest, advise, reason 

Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do the things you should, even when you don’t want to. It is often difficult but it is widely recognised as one of the main attributes of successful people.

Push: state expectations, evaluate, reward and threaten

Self-discipline is clearly expected of you at this stage. Your performance is clearly depending upon that and high marks will only derive from such an approach. Failure is imminent without this type of commitment.

Pull: listen, disclose, empathise

I know it is difficult. Self-discipline can be such a challenge, I know. I’ve been there. But I also know that it is necessary. It really makes a difference at the end if the day. It’s the only way to become the best and succeed.

Pull: identify common ground and create a scenario

Self-discipline is the way. I know, I’ve been there. Within this predicament it is absolutely necessary I’m afraid. Only by doing what is needed, even if you don’t feel like it at all, you are going to excel and succeed. But it’s worth it. Joining this team is going to be an amazing experience.

What did you think of this exercise? I’d love to read your thoughts on the different types of expression. Do send me a reply below.

I would like to thank my tutor Philippa Davies for this course and for all the feedback she sends me.

What to look out for in Online Courses

Continuing Education in the digital age.

Are online learning courses worth the effort? Yes!

I have enrolled in quite a few during the past couple of years; some free, some quite expensive. Here are the main elements to consider irrespective of the topic:

  • Video. Courses without video are boring. No matter how dedicated you might be, they are really difficult to follow. Completing them was a struggle each time. Video is helpful even if the tutor isn’t charismatic on camera. The experience is particularly enjoyable when the tutor has an interesting presence. This was the case once and I would repeat sections just to hear them explain it again!
  • Tests. Yes tests, even automated ones, help a lot. At first, I thought they were pretty basic and boring, but actually they make you re-think the content, process the information in your mind and thus learn it better.
  • Personalised feedback from a tutor. When an online course offers that option, it’s the best! Ever since a joined such a course for the first time, I decided to never pay for another one again that doesn’t provide this service. Personalised feedback from your tutor is really helpful and their comments can be really inspiring.
  • Peer feedback. That is the next best option. Peer feedback is useful and interesting, especially if a lot of participants are involved. It is nice to find out what others think of your work, but clearly not as useful as the opinion of an expert.

I have to admit I am addicted to online courses! It is so easy to learn new things from the comfort of your own home. The cost is minimal, and you can usually make whatever time allowances fit your schedule. Learning new skills is exciting and refreshing and I sincerely recommend it. Most of the courses are self-paced and can be adjusted to the busiest lifestyles. Even 10 minutes a day or an hour per week can make a huge difference.

My favourite courses in terms of presentation and interactivity were with Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Udemy. Courses offered by edX are very varied and always useful.

The topics I study about are creative writing and grammar and style. I have also attended courses on blogging and online writing as well as digital marketing.

Browsing through the options I am amazed by the abundance of options that are available today. So many areas of knowledge, such horizons in our fingertips. I am grateful for this wonderful technology that brings learning in my house. Thank you!

I’d love to know about your experience with online learning. Have you started or still thinking about it? Send me a reply and let me know.

What have I gained from a Blogging Course?

Hello to you all!

As I mentioned in previous posts I recently completed a course in Blogging and Writing for Online Audiences. At the end I was asked: “What did you gain from this course?”

In this post I will briefly review the course and answer that question.

 The course lasted seven weeks and covered the practical and the inspirational. The philosophy of the course was not only to provide the technical tools, but also to emphasize the esoteric mechanisms that would substantiate our expression and sustain our voice going forward.

The first two weeks were dedicated to the discovery of our voice, our drivers for blogging and the development of strategies for generating ideas and ultimately creating interesting and appealing content.

The next part was dedicated to the financial aspects of the endeavor, the code of ethics involved in public communication and the bidirectional relationship with the overall blogging community.

The final part of the course was dedicated to options for monetising blogging, and ways to improve your chances to be read in the blogosphere (also known as Search Engine Optimisation). At the end of this journey, our tutor addressed the sustainability of our blogging along the lines of proper scheduling and finding the right balance with other aspects of our lives.

Pink screen and keyboard
Love blogging

What did I gain from the course?

I gained a lot of knowledge on practical issues and a valuable insight into the world of online writing. Only to realise there is so much more to learn!

Our tutor helped me gain a belief in myself; she made me think that maybe I can do this!

All parts of the syllabus were useful; it was well thought of and well prepared. The presentations were very comprehensive. Everything was interesting and to the point.

The main gain for me was facing one challenge; the challenge of producing content regularly. The assignments helped me gain confidence in my ability to deliver. The process also helped me realize how much I like writing and communicating with others.

I will miss writing for this course and I will definitely miss receiving feedback from colleagues.

So, dear friends please feel free to send me your comments below any time. I would love to read them.

All the best!