Yesterday Jane Bozarth generously delivered a webinar on ‘showing your work’ for the Learning and Development practitioners that I have connected into Working Out Loud Circles. I always appreciate Jane’s practical approach to ways of making your work visible, and the way she talks about the benefits of this to individuals and organisations. I’m feeling inspired to ramp up my working out loud practices as a result of this session delivered “at the speed of Jane” (I only gave her 30 minutes to cover the topic – the session ended up being 40 minutes).
When thinking about how what I could do I turned to another of my favourite authors on this topic, Austin Kleon. Both Jane and Austin have published books called ‘Show Your Work’ – although both differ in format and approach. (BTW – I love them both and draw inspiration from each of them.) Chapter 3 of Austin’s book is titled ‘Share Something Small Every Day.’ He advocates the practice of sending out a ‘daily dispatch.’ He describes this as finding one little part of your work process that you can share at the end of every day:
“If you’re in the very early stages, share your influences and what’s inspiring you. If you’re in the middle of executing a project product, share scraps from the cutting-room floor, or write about what you learned. If you have lots of projects out into the world, you can report on how they’re doing – you can tell stories about how people are interacting with your work.”, write about your methods or share works in progress. If you’ve just completed a project, show the final.”
I’m going to try an experiment for the next 5 weeks (to the end of Ausut 2017) to do a daily dispatch on the ‘Working Out Loud’ page on my website, and to share a link to this via Twitter. Wish me luck!