Most people who haven’t been through my program wonder why I use golf in my workshops for leadership, team and business development. After learning about David A Kolb’s research on education, I learned about the different learning techniques that are most effective on adults. Experience and reflection is how most adults do their learning. Therefore, it’s important to use motion to allow participants to have an experience while they are here. Most business development organizations will counsel their clients without any activity. Merely thinking about the possibilities will not be enough to cause change within the individual.
I have individuals do different activities that challenge them and then I help them explore the process while making sense of the experience. I coach my clients. I do not teach. Experiential learning requires no teacher and relates solely to the meaning making process of the individual’s direct experience. I have had numerous clients come through my workshops that were not golfers, yet they learned about themselves and went on to become more successful in life. However, there needs to be certain elements that exist before a learning experience can occur.
- The learner must be willing to be actively involved in the experience;
- The learner must be able to reflect on the experience;
- The learner must possess and use analytical skills to conceptualize the experience; and
- The learner must possess decision making and problem solving skills in order to use the new ideas gained from the experience.
People never realize how the power of motion and coaching can benefit their lives greatly. It amazes me to see clients who have set and accomplished goals because of the experiences they had in our workshops. Check out the numerous stories on our success story page to see the different individuals who have benefitted from our program. Also, please feel free to share any stories you’ve had in our program or within your life that has changed you for the better.