I started doing Facebook Lives recently and I am completely out of my element! I did my first one on the Stages of Team Development (you know, Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing)…and I said the acronym wrong! Not only that, but I said “ummm” entirely too much and there’s a distracting glare from my glasses!
Now, I know I need to run these Live Streams to get my leadership message out to a broader audience. I can’t make a difference if people don’t know about me! So I gather my courage and go Live.
I know that the way to get better is to just start. If I keep practicing then I will improve. I make mistakes, fumble around a bit, and continue to teach about project leadership.
Do you remember your very first project? Maybe you were a BA or perhaps a business resource. Did you know what the heck you were doing? (I sure didn’t!) Think about it for a minute. Perhaps these sound familiar: “What’s a requirement?” “Why do I need to write down every single step I test?” “How am I supposed to know how long it will take me?” “Why is it so important to hit my task’s date?”
What seems so obvious to us now was once unfamiliar and intimidating.
No one starts out knowing all and being good at everything. It can take some experience and more than a few mistakes to become proficient. And hopefully we were helped along by someone more experienced – maybe a Team Lead or our Project Manager – so lessons were learned more quickly.
Like it or not, every level of expertise we achieve is just a plateau to the next one. Wherever you are in your career – Junior BA or PMO Director – there are always avenues of growth that open up before you.
I encourage you to take a good look in the mirror: what have you mastered already? What skills do you need to hone in order to reach the next level of your career? And what opportunities can you take to start practicing them?
By the way – I am serious about my novice attempt at a FB Live – the information is good, even if my delivery is bad! Feel free to check it out for yourself: FSNP