Are you thinking of taking part in a five day challenge and want to make the most of the time you set aside?
Free online challenges provide a brilliant way to learn something new in a short space of time, delivered by an expert.
You can add to your skillset and experience what it’s like to work with the person hosting the challenge.
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In this podcast I’m sharing five tips to get the most from taking part in challenges and you can listen in on the player link below or read as a blog post.
What is a five day challenge?
Each day you’re given a short task to do that will improve your knowledge or understanding of the topic of the challenge.
You’ll be in a group of other people or business owners who share the same goal.
Challenges can be around all kinds of topics from health and fitness to social media platforms and skills you want to hone for your business.
By the end of the challenge, if you’ve followed the tasks, you’ll ideally have had some wins and lightbulb moments and will be on your way to mastering the topic of the challenge.
Here are five ways to make the most of being in a five day challenge
1. Only sign up for challenges that are going to be useful
There are so many things we are constantly being told we need to do to be successful. But it doesn’t mean that we have to do them all.
For instance, if you hate video, taking part in a YouTube challenge isn’t going to be of any use unless you are determined to start using video more.
If you do your own accounts, then taking part in a ‘Get your tax return done in five days’ challenge would be great.
But if you have an accountant already, it’s a waste of your time.
So only sign up for things you want to learn and you feel will be useful.
2. Do the work
Put time aside each day to do the tasks set out in the challenge. Ideally they won’t take up a huge amount of time.
My challenge tasks take around ten minutes, then all you need to do it post your progress in the group.
If you’ve decided the challenge topic is right for you and it’s something you want to improve your knowledge of, it will only work if you do the work.
3. Don’t be shy with the host!
Make the most of your time with the host. Chances are you will typically hundreds or even thousands of pounds for a one to one with them.
If there is a coaching element to the challenge where you have the opportunity to have a two way conversation, such as a Zoom call, try to go to this too.
4. Network like mad
A copywriter could find a post from another business owner who struggles writing about what they do.
A photographer could connect with a local business in their area who needs a brand shoot.
A VA could talk about how they lighten the load with admin and tasks people hate doing and attract new clients.
5. Think of the challenge as a PR opportunity in itself
When someone says, ‘I need a photographer in Cumbria,’ if she’d made a good impression, people who met her on the challenge could say, ‘Oh, you need to speak to Kerry Jordan.’
Taking part in a five day challenge can get you out there in so many ways.