Your Next Chapter Podcast Episode 16: Maria Doyle – Creating Quality Learning Experiences
Maria Doyle is one of the most passionate women I have ever interviewed. Refreshingly candid, she is completely dedicated to facilitating “Quality Learning Experiences” that create real change in the world. Maria takes the guesswork out of how to create a powerful learning journey so you can deliver 5-star courses, workshops and presentations.
I have personally worked with Maria and experienced her laser focus in helping me to improve the quality of my flagship course for confidence and clarity in a Next Chapter Business, Aligned, and I am excited to be able to share a slice of her expertise with you in this weeks episode. The insights we share in this wholehearted conversation are both relevant and hugely valuable to anyone who wants to be a catalyst for change – to help clients to improve in any area. These core learning principles can be used in online courses, live workshops, coaching, training and more.
Like most of us in our Next Chapters, Maria is intent on making a difference with her unique skills and experience, leveraging all of her diverse skills and roles into the business that she has today. She has extensive international experience, teaching, developing and managing courses in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the UAE, the UK, Hong Kong and Kiribati but her life mission is now “to take the lack-lustre courses, workshops and presentations of this world – both virtual and live – and transform them into ‘it-changed-my-life’ experiences for people”.
Like your clients, students, soon-to-be-raving fans.
Grab a pen and paper and get ready!
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By quality learning experiences, Maria means real learning, life-altering learning experiences for everyone involved.
Key insights from our wholehearted conversation include:
- Best practice teaching recognises that everyone learns differently
- Challenge is good, extending yourself is great
- You may have bucketloads of information but good content is nothing without action
- You need to tell your clients how their life will be different as a result of your program, module, coaching
- Some people are born teachers, but it is also a skill that you can learn
- Focus on providing outcome focused learning
- Master these fours areas – connect, create, communicate and critique
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When you are open to taking a honest and open look at your current skills, how you communicate with your students and clients, your course content and structure and the feedback you seek, you are well on your way to creating those quality learning experiences.
Maria has provided us with a Training Skills Assessment for you to turn the spotlight on yourself and you can download it through the image below.
Maria also has a treasure trove of other valuable resources to share:
“There’s a lot to think about when you’re putting together presentations, seminars and courses and so I’ve made it easy for you to get the basics right: I’ve created a series of resources which should give you a few helpful tips, tricks and hints to creating Quality Adult Learning Experiences.
If any of your scores were less than perfect, these resources may shed some light on how you can improve your course structure and delivery style so that your clients are achieving the results you KNOW they’re capable of.
I wouldn’t be practicing what I preach if I didn’t offer you a range of ways to learn more about the principles of best practice teaching and learning, now would I?
If you prefer reading, there’s a 12 Step Blueprint.
If you prefer listening and watching, there’s a 4 Part Video Series.
If you prefer a few crazy stories (that involve a missing Saudi prince), there’s the 5 Quick Training Tips.
There’s also a few different Webinars, one of which is how to Systemise and Sell your Expertise; which is the exact process I use with most of the clients I work with.
Looking forward to connecting with you over on the website.
Create Quality Learning Experiences – Create Real Change!”
Maria Doyle helps passionate professionals systemise, optimise and digitalise their expertise. In doing so, she helps to create quality learning experiences that engage, inspire and motivate their clients to create real change. It’s her life mission to take the lack-lustre courses, workshops and presentations of this world – both virtual and live – and transform them into ‘it-changed-my-life’ experiences.
Nothing lights her up more than teaching, learning, travelling and helping others be better at what they do. Until April 2012, she was working as the Senior ESL Education Manager on the AusAID funded TVET Sector Strengthening Project in Kiribati; a project that took vocational education and training, and long overdue teacher training, to a remote Pacific country.
Why did she start her own business?
'When I started learning about running my own business I was appalled with the quality of unregulated online training online - so decided I wanted to help turn that around.
After 12 international postings and with 15 years experience in the teacher training and curriculum development fields, I decided it was time to make Perth home again, so decided to do what I do best, and that is helping passionate professionals create quality learning experiences that engage, inspire and motivate their clients to create real change.
I believe in giving back and paying it forward which is why I regularly organise volunteer teacher training trips to schools in developing countries that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to upgrade their basic teaching skills.'
Her qualifications include an MEd (TESOL), Cert IV TAA, Cert IV TESOL, CELTA, BA (Modern Languages). Maria has extensive international experience, teaching, developing and managing courses in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the UAE, the UK, Hong Kong and Kiribati. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, teacher training, project management, assessment and evaluation, and also language and communication skills.
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