5 Things that Drive Me Crazy When I Watch Online Courses & Webinars

Boredom is the conviction that you can’t change…the shriek of unused capacities.” ~Saul Bellow

People think you can make big money these days selling online courses or paid webinars. A few people actually do, mostly by selling online courses and webinars about how to sell online courses and webinars.

kiraLaptop   The best of these have strong delivery and even stronger content. The worst have wretched delivery and no content.

Here is my list of things that drive me crazy when I’ve paid for someone to teach me online.

How to Get Comfortable in Front of a Video Camera—7 Tips

Anxiety is practicing failure in advance.” ~Seth Godin

No one believes me now, but when I was young, I was terribly shy. I hated to speak in front of other people. Much to my horror, when I was in 9th grade, I had to deliver the “Friends, Romans, countrymen” speech from Julius Caesar to the rest of the class.

Face on camera monitor.   One day I was reading the speech and mumbling it to myself as I sat at the kitchen table. My mother overheard me and insisted on hearing the speech. I stumbled through it with my head down, barely whispering. It was embarrassing just to read it to her.

She insisted that I stand on the chair and deliver it aloud—truly aloud. I protested. I whined. I got up on the chair.

How to Make It Sticky: 6 Examples from The Great Courses

Sticky = understandable, memorable, and effective in changing thought or behavior.” ~Chip & Dan Heath

A dark-haired, emerald-eyed, voluptuous woman shimmies past you.

brightOrangeMinidress   She is wearing a bright orange mini-dress that barely reaches her hips, and a matching, fringed scarf wrapped once around her long neck. It drapes to her knees.

A man in a white, three-piece suit puts a record on a turntable you hadn’t noticed before. You hear the scratch of the needle and then the smooth opening notes of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. The man reaches for the woman, and they began to dance, hands touching but bodies apart.

You might think this is a scene from a nightclub. But no, this is a moment in a survey class on U.S. history, and the professor and his wife are demonstrating the concept of “cool” as it permeated American culture. It is a lesson the students present that day never forgot.

Why not? Because it surprised them and made an abstract idea concrete.

When Life Brings You Coyotes: 3 Things To Do When Things Go Wrong

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” ~Booker T. Washington

“Bad luck comes in threes,” or so they say. I certainly hope so, because that means I’m done for now. In less than a week, our family ranch has seen:

  1. A windstorm that knocked literally 1000s of avocados off the trees.
  2. A rare freeze that killed all our specialty potatoes.
  3. A coyote in broad daylight attacking our free range chickens.

Coyote howling.   Although these events are particular to farming, everyone faces days or weeks when things go awry. It might be a disaster or it might just be something that thwarts your expectations.