Mind The Gap: Teaching vs Training

Mind The Gap: Teaching vs Training
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During my visit to London for the 2012 Summer Games I got inspired for a blog series. In the London Underground, “Mind the Gap” is the constant warning to see and beware of the space between the platform and the train door literally a matter of life and death! Boarding my blog, however, is a 2-minute focus on the valuable difference between words or concepts that otherwise used interchangeably from appearing similar.

What IS the difference, for example, between Teaching and Training?

First of all, why are they similar? Because teaching and training both involve LEARNING! It’s not as philosophical as asking “does the fallen tree make a “sound” in the forrest if no one is there to hear it?” when I ask:

“If no learner is present or no learning has occurred, can it be said that either teaching or training HAS?”

Of course not! So, learning if a necessary component for both why not just call teaching and training “learning” instead of teaching or training? Why are there different words for “learning”? Well, its kind of obvious that teaching is about “knowing” and Training, teaching, Get a Klu- Learning Quotetraining is about DOING! For me, its deeper than that. When I really MIND THE GAP to seek value in that difference, it all comes down to Accountability and the worthlessness of teaching WITHOUT training! Let me explain…

Some people in the world learn just for learning’s sake…the information itself IS the reward, so a “grade” has no power of accountability in those cases. Otherwise, without also training, the highest and best reward of being “taught” is getting a letter grade.

“The goal in teaching is what the learner “gets”…whereas with training, the goal is about what the learner can now “do/give”!

MIND THE GAP: We can never train without teaching while we CAN teach without training! But, WHY? Why teach at all without ALSO Training?

Not only can teaching make NO GUARANTEE that the learner will continue to “know” what they have learned, but there is also NO CHANCE of ensuring that the learner will now be able to DO something they were previously unable to do. And, it may seem that Teaching has accountability through quizzes, assignments, exams and, most importantly, due dates and terms (semester, quarter, etc.), but what can be “known” can also be forgotten! Worse yet, ?because “getting a good grade” is the goal, students will: cram, cheat, lie, beg and actually commit fraud to “get a grade”…all the while learning NOTHING! Most of my students admit to forgetting an aced final exam’s worth of “knowledge” in less than 72 hours after the exam (achem, in their other classes, achem). ūüôā

When the only thing you are held accountable for (being taught) is “to know” something…the only thing you are really learning is how to remember and forget something. However, once you are “trained” to ride a bike, you’ll “know” forever!

teaching training running Get A Klu video shoot

Jeff Klubeck Creates a Training Video

I believe that no matter where you’re at in your life or career, it’s important to be a lifelong learner…but it is even MORE important to be a lifelong TRAINEE! Always ask yourself “What will I be able to DO after this learning experience that I cannot DO now?”

Unless you are part of the 1/7 (one seventh) of our population that values learning JUST for learning’s sake (and even if you ARE), I urge you to make sure there is a “training” component to everything you are taught. Hold your learning experiences accountable to making sure YOU can be held accountable to apply that knowledge to a better life, business or career AFTER the learning has been learned.

Teaching alone can’t promise “application”, the learning MUST include training to do that!

So, what are YOU doing to sharpen your saw? How are you staying competitive and “hirable” through the acquisition of skills and abilities you previously didn’t have? I’d love to hear from you about your experiences and how you choose to learn. Click here for a summary/sampling of private or workplace trainings we provide and CLICK HERE for some free training content on how to hold yourself and others accountable….and, as always, thanks for reading another edition of Mind the Gap!

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“White Labels” Winning Down Under!

“White Labels” Winning Down Under!
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It?s been a while since I have written a blog post so I?m excited to share an update as I recently returned from a Coaching?trip to Australia…all thanks to concept of “white labels!”

Get A Klu in AustraliaPart of having a winning strategy is being able to use ?White Labels? for your business services. If you didn’t know, “white labels” refer to offering my services to partnering organizations I am contracted with. ?So, in addition to my own “self-generated” clients for Get A Klu, Inc. I also have contracts with great organizations that bring wonderful assignments my way. ?From Wolf Management Consultants to Workplace Training Network to the “source” of my recent trip to Australia: ?My Coaching Organization (owned by JT Foxx).

These contracts I have with partnering organizations put ??white labels? over the name Get A Klu, Inc., so my business name isn?t promoted and I?m marketed as?someone on their team, known as ?Coach Jeffrey? or the “Ambassador of Assessments” or “Jeff the Trainer” and so forth.

White label opportunities are expanding?my ability to deliver and serve. It?s not all about me or the Get A Klu brand…it?s about the work that I?m doing and the people I?m helping….and I worked with some great people in Australia!

It?s common knowledge that nobody succeeds alone, at least very rarely does someone rise to the top with no help whatsoever. Usually if you?re successful it?s because someone helped you along the way. ?So why not create?partnerships with others and make helping others/getting help part of your business success strategy? You have already proven that you?re more successful with the help of others. White labels are just a way to monetize the partnerships we create.

White Label Concept Tags

“Coach Jeffrey” is exactly how I was referred to in Australia. JT Foxx’s “My Coaching Organization” sent me there to conduct 5 full days of?one-on-one trainings for 3 of their VIP’s . ?All I had to do was hop on the plane and prep for my own coaching sessions.?They got me a 1 bedroom apartment for a week in Perth Australia and the “students” came to me…we did our work in the apartment and it was full immersion into Speaking and Coaching training.

Even with White Labels, ?I?m providing the same services that I do for my own clients, and I?m giving just as much value doing what I?m good at. ?I have the humility to not need my company name behind the work. ?Its about the service I provide…and, who would turn down being paid $1000’s of dollars to take an all expenses paid trip (plus a per diem) to Australia…to help people grown their Speaking and Coaching businesses? ?The hardest “work” of the trip was planes and airports…but as you can imagine, talking to people and helping them with strategy, motivation, accountability and transformation comes very easy to me now.

I know I worked hard…I know I made a difference…but Coaching and Training comes so naturally to me know that this White Labels trip to Australia “felt” like being gifted a bucket list experience?away from my own hustle and bustle or Teaching Classes, running Get A Klu and supporting my wife’s corporate career by handling all parenting duties during her 50%?travel schedule.

Most of my time there was spent working, but I did get a little down time to explore Australia. Check out my photos below for a glimpse of my trip. Most of my time was spent in Perth. Some of my favorite moments include tasting kangaroo for the very first time, enjoying the famous wine cruise to Swan River Valley and just people watching while walking around the downtown area my apartment was conveniently located in.

White Labels Jeff Get A Klu Eating Kangaroo

Swan River Valley Perth Wine Cruise

White Labels Commonwealth Australia with Get A Klu

White Labels Get A Klu in Perth
The bottom line is that nobody succeeds alone. Align yourself with other leaders in your industry, find out what services they offer and see where you can help fill in the gaps. Creating white label offerings can be challenging, but at the same time very rewarding.

If you?d like assistance learning about how you can win with white labels, talk to me by signing up?for my?2 free consultations.

To Your Success!
Jeffrey Klubeck, M.A.

 

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Are you Accountable? Free Audios!

Are you Accountable?  Free Audios!

Not too long?ago, I shared 3 easy ways to keep yourself accountable. In the past I have also offered free accountability audios to help you grow in your personal and professional life. My Free Accountability Audios provide?tips?on how you can use the skills of an Life/Business Coach to keep yourself and others accountable.?Well today, history repeats! ?I’m bringing my free accountability downloads back and they even come with a fill-in-the-blank?style worksheet to follow along!

Why am I putting so much emphasis on accountability? The truth is, most people COMPLETELY understand what Accountability IS?and even how much it is needed in their career/organization?yet most people have never been taught HOW to professionally hold themselves and others accountable.

Many people confuse having a friend that will be an ?Accountability Partner? with having a trained professional serve as an ?Accountability Coach??and their results show it! This part also relates to this month’s OOHs topic on relationships so it’s a very fitting time for me to bring up accountability again.

This Material is ?excerpt??taken directly from the Get A Klu Coaching and Leadership Training that dozens of people have paid THOUSANDS of dollars to go through! You?ll get it today for free, and here?s what to expect:

  • Learn the FOUR SECTIONS of a Coaching Session AND the techniques you?ll need to execute them! What this means is that you will learn the strategies a coach like myself uses to keep myself and others accountable.
  • Learn what QUESTIONS you need to ask to get yourself and others into their calendars to make appointments with themselves!
  • Listen in to REAL students of Accountability learning the material in live discussion with, Head Coach, Jeffrey Klubeck!
  • Learn how to make ?confrontation? desired, expected AND appreciated by the people you are leading!

To get my free Accountability Audios, click HERE.

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OOHs for April is Here! Let’s Tackle Time Management!

OOHs for April is Here! Let’s Tackle Time Management!

OOHs (Online Office Hours) for April are here! You know the deal,¬†OOHs is a ‚Äúpublic‚ÄĚ coaching session I host and record in a virtual classroom. You can join my monthly sessions IN REAL TIME and get specific coaching questions answered or review recordings 24/7 at your leisure. Participants get ‚Äúfirst come, first served‚ÄĚ coaching. If there are no questions/participants, then I ‚Äúdefault‚ÄĚ to covering my ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ coaching content/strategies for an area of personal/professional growth. This month I’m talking time management. This topic is one that I love because there is so much to learn! Also “I don’t have time?” is the #1 lie people tell! After this session you won’t have to tell this lie anymore

Here’s just a taste of what I’ll cover during the session:

  • Time manages itself, so why do we call it time management? Hear my take on this and it may change the way you prioritize your day for the better!
  • How to use your goal setting skills to manage your time more wisely and why I believe goal setting is the number 1 strategy for effective time management.
  • Have you ever been to a meeting and left thinking, wow that was a waste of time, or that meeting could have been an email! Well I will discuss effective meeting strategies that will make your meetings much more valuable.
I go LIVE on Wednesday April 27th at 2:00pm PST! CLICK HERE to Register
More good news is that there are two other sessions already recorded in the classroom (Goal Setting and ‚ÄúPersonality Tests‚ÄĚ). ¬†Registering for the course gets you access to LIVE AND RECORDED sessions! ¬†I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another OOHs session!
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Why 2 Complimentary Sessions?

Why 2 Complimentary Sessions?
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If you follow my blog posts or social media updates, you have most likely heard me mention my 2 complimentary coaching sessions. People are often surprised to hear that I do this and may question my strategy. I often hear things like, “How can you afford to give away 2 sessions?”, “Won’t people just take the 2 free sessions and run?” I love getting these questions because it gives me a chance to share my progress as a business coach and how I came up with this program in the first place.

When I started training to be a¬†coach in 2007, my goal¬†was to close leads I was given from the higher ups. In training, we were taught¬†to conduct a “complimentary session” and be able to “enroll anyone in Coaching inside of 45 minutes.” ¬†I say¬†“complimentary session” in quotes because it wasn’t a coaching session, only. ¬†Much of the script/time was dedicated¬†to SELL Coaching. It was a challenge for me to do this because I did not feel like I gave the person enough value or enough of an experience of what Coaching is REALLY like for them¬†to “buy” Coaching inside of 45 minutes…well, 30 IF I left 15 for the “sales” part of it. ¬† Yes, even though my assessments prove I excel¬†at sales, the strategy did not work for me and I was not an effective seller when following¬†a formula I did not fully believe in.

Never mind the fact that I put “my money where my mouth is” and created my OWN Coaches Training ProgramComplimentary Sessions Get A Klu Coaches Training Workbook…and MY program teaches exactly how I conduct 2 Comp Sessions in a way that built my coaching business to what it is today…nevermind that…

…the problem THEN was that I got the “you did WHAT!?????” when I told Mary Ann that I enrolled in a Coaches Training Program and¬†I was facing epic failure and potentially divorce if I didn’t figure out how to MAKE A LIVING as a Coach! ¬†Let’s just say that I knew I wanted to come up with a more effective way to get paying Coaching Clients!

For many reasons in addition to “necessity”, I soon figured out that offering 2 complimentary sessions was my¬†answer! ¬†Here are three main reasons why!

  1. Little Pink Spoons!– My complimentary coaching sessions are set to give you the ACTUAL experience of what Coaching with Get A Klu will really be like. ¬†And, honestly, one session alone would never be able to do that because Accountability is such a HUGE % of what people are really paying for when they “buy” coaching. ¬†Baskin Robins doesn’t ask for your credit card when they give you the little pink spoon…they wait to let you taste it, fully, and they wait some more in case you need to taste anything else for comparison. ¬†They know that if you feel FREE to taste and to FULLY taste, that you are more likely to buy….and buy willingly (vs. being pressured). ¬†The key, however, is that if you don’t commit to something in one session that you are then held accountable for in the next session, how will you ever “taste” what Accountability really feels like…how it will be delivered…if it will work, etc.?
  2. Avoid Commission Breath!-People are not stupid…but, no matter how stupid they are, they are always smart enough to know “the pitch is coming”…especially if there is only ONE “Comp Session”…the pitch HAS to be coming during that session, no? ¬†Yes! ¬†So, by offering TWO free sessions, people know that the first one is TRULY FREE…and it is TRULY coaching instead of a veiled sales pitch. ¬†Honestly, who on earth doesn’t know that the “complimentary consultation” or “free sample” is not part of the sales process? ¬†But with 2 Comp Sessions, you KNOW the first one is free if there is also a second one. ¬†Imagine that feeling of having your guard up just WAITING for the sales pitch/pressure to come. ¬†Well, you know that won’t happen in the first session (90 minutes) if there is a second free session. ¬†I get to joke around and say things like, “you only get the second one if you LIKE the first one!” ¬†No one can “receive” free coaching if their guard is UP waiting for the sales pitch…2 comp sessions “lowers the guard” and allowed for TRUE coaching to be delivered/sampled (again, see #1 above).
  3. Never Nervous When I’m in SERVICE!-¬†I believe in service…in selflessly helping others…AND, as Zig Ziglar taught us, that “everything I want will come to me if I remain committed to helping others get what they want!” ¬†So, I am NEVER worried about “giving my time away”, nor will I EVER deny someone 2 Comp Sessions just because they may not be able to afford to hire me. ¬†Without judgement and needing NOTHING in return, I approach every single complimentary coaching session with everything I’ve got. ¬†There have been times where 1 or 2 sessions was all it took for a prospect to realize the next steps to take…where 2 comp sessions was ALL they needed even if they COULD afford to hire me. ¬†And, of course, there are times when¬†someone doesn’t hire me ¬†because they feel they cannot afford it. ¬†This doesn’t matter to me because its not ABOUT me when I am coaching…it is ALL about the person getting coached. ¬†I still do my best to make sure that after 2 sessions, the person’s life has changed. (By the way, for people who truly can’t afford my full coaching services, I now offer Online Office Hours, or OOHs as I like to call them…this is a very affordable way to get coaching from me…check it out!). ¬†I digress…

So, If you have ever wondered what Coaching is all about…how it works…or, if it could work for you, I highly encourage you to sign up for my 2 complimentary coaching sessions. I’ll look forward to your request, and promise the experience to be life-changing in some way! ¬†You can sign up HERE or email me directly at: info@getaklu.net.

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