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Experiential Learning (Discover Prompt #18 – NEW)

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein.

I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of learning from my mistakes. Never have been.  Don’t get me wrong, I do reflect on my mistakes but in the process, I tend to beat myself up. I am happier learning from other’s mistakes or better still, their best practice. That way, I can emulate them.

If you read my Discover Prompt #16 then you’ll know that I am considered, to a fault. I like to plan and be prepared.  For the life of me, I can’t see the point in learning from your mistakes, if you get it right the first place? 


Today, I undertook the role of Chief Judge in an online Toastmasters contest.  I have been Chief Judge before, but never online.  In my home club, we have only conducted three online meetings. We are learning huge amounts as we go along.  Today’s was a divisional contest with 117 online attendees, participants, and organisers.

My word did we, the committee, prepare for this.   We considered what could possibly go wrong and, if so, what we might we do if the proverbial hit the fan.  And did it?  Of course, it did.

There were many things that could have been better and sadly some disappointed people. The committee will have a wash-up session shortly to evaluate what we did do well and what we might do differently next time.  I have already jotted down my thoughts.  Best to get them out of my head before bed – me thinks …

Did I enjoy this new experience? Not so much.  Did I learn loads? Absolutely.  Was it worth putting myself through the anguish?  Ask me tomorrow! 😇


  1. I too try to learn from others’ mistakes and by observing other people but yeah sometimes I try out something new I do make mistakes and learn from my own mistakes.
    By the way, we both started our post with the same quote 😊


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