Personal Development

What Twitter Training Taught Me About Teachability

Twitter and I are old friends. When I first started using Twitter, I filled a room full of strangers at an event I was hosting within just weeks of joining the Social platform. I was hooked. I was engaging, having a blast, increasing my online presence. It was great.

That was years ago. And years ago, various experts gave me a long list of how to’s, not to’s and best practices that I held on to for years.

Then, a few years later, another group of people told me that Twitter wasn’t the place to be. That you would need to reach a ton of people and that it was impossible to build a business using twitter …

I admit, some people sold me on the fact that you should never automate. Never send an automatic reply. Never this. Never that.

… and because I once filled a room with strangers from marketing on Twitter, I thought I knew it all. I admit, I thought I knew Twitter and I gave up on my ‘ol friend.

I still tweeted here and there knowing that it was important to keep my presence there but I didn’t use it to the fullest potential because I had made some assumptions, some decisions, and thought I knew better.

I had ceased to be teachable.

Fast forward to just a few weeks ago when I, for just a moment came to the table with an empty cup and decided that it was time to hear someone out who was having great success with Twitter and I learned a valuable lesson along the way.

(Hint: This post really isn’t just about Twitter Training)

The person teaching the training was having amazing success getting leads and sales from Twitter. Sounds like someone I should listen to, I thought… and I did.  I listened. I soaked it up. I implemented. The very next morning, after implementing what I had learned I had targeted leads in my inbox.

The lesson here is bigger than twitter training. The lesson here is about teachability.

Do you think I haven’t been to other Twitter trainings before?  Some of them would have meant a lot to my business, had I been open to learning and implementing what I learned.

What we often do, however, is decide that we know better when the truth is, we should be seeking knowledge from people who have what we want.

Are you teachable?  Do you go to trainings saying… “yeah but” or “ I already know this”. Being teachable means being open and willing to learn. When you cease to be teachable you are closed to a world of possibilities.

It’s when we realize that we don’t know what we don’t know that things can start changing.

And it’s when we go open-minded and ready to learn to those that know what we want to know, and those that have the results we want to have, that we are teachable again and things start changing… 

You might want to read that again.

Here’s  what distinguishes teachable from the unteachable:

  • Successful people are teachable. They are always open to learning and they know their success depends on it.
  • Teachable people listen and ask questions. They don’t just talk.
  • Teachable people are open to constructive criticism because they want to improve.
  • Teachable people aren’t afraid to ask for help.
  • Those that are teachable are O.K with trying and making mistakes. They know that in the process, they are learning and know there will be more lessons to learn.
  • They go beyond the minimum required when learning. They take notes. They read…. And they don’t just read the required readings… they read the recommended readings as well.
  • Teachable people are willing to admit when they are wrong and when someone else knows better.

( I wrote a blog post sharing a Zen Master’s story regarding teachability  you might want to check out here)

Be teachable. Your success depends on it.

Oh, and that Twitter training I was talking about… you can check it out for Free here.

To your success and outrageous goals,

Signature Tereza




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Personal Development

Nothing Happens Until You Move

Start small, dream huge but begin today.

That’s the message I got in my inbox today from one of my favourite leadership experts, Robin Sharma. Nothing happens until you take massive action.

It got me thinking about action and why so many people know exactly what they need to do, but they don’t do it.

They procrastinate. They make excuses. They even quit.

Truth is, fear and overwhelm take over. But it does not need to be this way. Staying where you are, not taking action because of fear will only keep you stuck.

Taking massive action doesn’t need to be something that has you shaking at the knees not knowing what to do. Taking massive action can be as simple as taking small daily action steps to start towards your outrageous goal, taking larger steps, and more risk as you go along.

Here are a few things that may help you take the action you need to take:

Get in touch with the fear. Why are you stuck. What’s really going on? Is it a past failure? Is it time? It could be as simple as the task at hand might be beyond your expertise (that might be a sign to outsource!) Bottom line is,knowing what’s going on will help you determine what you need to do next.

Do something easy. Do something easy but productive. Just DO SOMETHING. Call a prospect you have a good rapport with. Send out an email to your list. Follow up with your current customers. Do something that won’t overwhelm you but is productive and can yield results – results that will help you to keep moving forward rather than remain stuck.

Do something difficult. Contrary to the previous step, sometimes doing the very thing that will get you out of your comfort zone might be just what you need to move forward. Everything else after that will be a snap!

Review your goals. Revisit your “why”. Sometimes, not focusing on the action but what the ultimate goal and your ‘Why”  might be the motivation needed to take the action.

Commit to the Power of 5. Take 5 action steps every day. 5 paces forward every day gets you closer to your destination. I wrote a post about this here.

There is nothing that activity won’t solve.

To your success and outrageous goals,

Signature Tereza



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