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Perfect is the enemy of done when creating learning experiences

To seek perfection is to be a prisoner of your own judgment, as the saying goes.
Yet, so many set the bar way too high and choose to see any mistake along the way as a failure. When communicating and presenting knowledge digitally, we sometimes let this fear of non-perfection hold us back. So, as advocates for joyous learning, we say forget perfect and go fetch the adventure!

In a time and age when learning itself is changing at lightning speed, is there even a perfect way of doing things anymore? Does perfect in fact exist, when nothing is static and new routes are constantly explored? We think not. For many, the big worry is how their offering, service or product will be received. What if you open a door and there’s a brick wall behind it? Well, so what? You can always try the next one. And the more doors you open, the better view you get of the world around you.

Try, cry and try again

In our opinion, "trial and error" is the only fundamental method worth applying when creating courses and sharing important knowledge internally and externally. Especially when you want to tailor learning that truly engages and sticks. Also, early “failure” will certainly do you some good, as you get a better understanding of the actual learner demand and how people respond.

Be Fast or be Square

The pace with which learning needs arise, change and develop, organizations must be quick on their feet. Whether it is the Sales Director needing to quickly get their sales team up and running, the HR Manager in a big organization who needs to create onboarding journeys for hundreds of people or the L&D Manager in charge of leadership trainings. There is no time to be slow in a time where everyone has so many choices of who to buy from, who to work for and with.
And here it really is better done - than perfect. Because perfect doesn't exist - it is subjective.
Unfortunately many learning experiences get stuck in the creation stage for way too long. They may not even happen. All due to this aspiration to create THE ONE perfect learning experience.

Read the Room

That is one thing about live in classroom training that is very beneficial in this aspect. As a trainer you are able to "read the room" and you see what works and what doesn't and you adapt along the learning experience. If we can manage to do this as well when creating partially and fully digital experiences - we are on a good route to engagement.
But if we get stuck in our thoughts that we need to create "perfect" learning - then we limit ourselves and the experience of the learners. 

The Universe knows we are far from perfect ourselves, but the point is we don’t want to be.
In our view as a learning organization good enough means good enough to go.
Whatever you like to try, develop, expand or create – first get going, then refine and make perfect (ish).

About Learnifier

Learnifier is a digital platform developed in response to a fast growing demand from companies to be able to quickly and easily digitize knowledge and be able to train employees, partners, customers and other important groups of people.

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Rebecca Cannerfelt
Rebecca Cannerfelt