3 MYTHS ABOUT LEADING CREATIVE WORKSHOPS THAT SHOULD NOT HOLD YOU BACK
Busting the myths about experts, introverts & too much competition
I’ve heard all the excuses and made all the excuses, but the truth is, if you truly want to lead creative workshops and share your passion and your message with others, you can. I know it’s not easy to just decide, I know you’re brain wants to keep you safe and I know you believe that there reasons you might not be able to lead workshops, even if you dream of being able to. It’s time to bust 3 of the biggest myths of all.
MYTH #1: YOU NEED TO BE AN EXPERT
“I can’t run workshops, I am not enough of an expert”, I have heard this so many times and I believed this myself once too. I let this limiting belief and fear hold me back. I have since come to realise that this is just not true. I promise you.
You need to know your stuff yes, your skill, your craft, your topic you are going to teach, but you don’t need to know everything there is to know about it. In all reality you just need to know what you plan to teach in that one particular workshop. The truth is people don’t care whether you’re qualified or not, they probably wouldn’t even consider asking. In all the years I have been teaching I can count on one hand the number of times my Textile Degree has come in conversations.
All people really want to know is what they will gain from your workshop. What you will help them to learn or achieve in that block of time that they are with you. That is all you need to get started.
Oftentimes when we are faced with a big task, no matter how much we really want to conquer it, we find excuses to delay us, we put up our own barriers and roadblocks, because that is easier for our mind to manage instead of facing our fear and trying something new. The idea of not being an expert is an example of one of those excuses we tell ourselves.
Remember this, an expert is just a byproduct of experience, commitment and mistakes.
MYTH #2: Introverts CAN’T TEACH
This is one big fat myth. I know because I am an introvert and I have proved this myth wrong time and time again! So why do introverts make excellent creative workshop leaders?
Their passions shines (not their ego)
They’re relateable, (they don’t brag)
They’re in tune with the vibe of the room (they’re often acutely aware of differences in behaviour and personality)
They instinctively know how to create a safe space to explore creativity (because that is what feels good for them)
They’re more likely to be hands-on (not stood up ‘presenting’)
They naturally make it all about their students (not about themselves and their talents)
They’re excellent facilitators and holistic leaders (they empower their students to develop their own critical thinking rather than just follow direction)
Start viewing your introverted traits as a positive skill set and go against the extroverted grain with confidence.
MYTH #3: THERE’s too much COMPETITION
I believe that competition is myth. Especially in the creative space. Collaboration is the key to success. The truth is people buy people. There is room for you, even if there is another creative out there doing something similar, your workshops will have your twist on them, your story infused within them, they will be delivered in your style. There is room for you.
All you need to focus on is making your workshops the very best that you can, workshops with impact, that is what people will pay for. Don’t be concerned with what other people are doing, keep focused on you and your workshops goals, appeal to the right people for you and your niche and do not lower your prices to be ‘competitive’. Your job is to create a workshop that is a no brainer regardless of price.