So, here’s what happened…
I accidentally booked myself for six training courses in a row. Which in and of itself is not a bad thing for a freelance Trainer. The problem was that they were six of the exact same course. As I approached the looming six week stint, I felt a bit of dread.
Even though I love the topic and love training this course, the idea of six straight weeks of repeating the exact same thing made me feel a bit queasy. Not only was I concerned for my own sanity, I was worried that if I wasn’t up for it, the quality of my training would suffer and the poor delegates who just happened to be booked on a later course would receive sub-par training. I could not do that to myself or to them.
So, my strategy was to devise a game. After watching TedTalks by Jane McGonigal, an online gaming expert from the Institute for the Future, I learned that gamification is a proven technique to turn challenges into fun. And I was going to need some fun to get through the sound of my own voice after six weeks.
The Game basics
As my game persona, “Super Trainer”, I wore my cape and tiara every day to work, or rather my favourite silver earrings (a bit less conspicuous). This small act was meant to remind me of my courage, sense of adventure, and optimism as I headed off to work each day to fight my arch rival, Dr. Montgomery N Zane (aka: monotony insane). Before I left each morning, I rolled virtual dice on an app on my phone to find out my daily challenge.
Throughout the day I looked for ways to include my challenge, along with my daily, weekly and ad-hoc power-ups. In case you’re not a “gamer”, a power-up is something that gives a player extra powers. In the world of online gaming, [Read more…]