Part 2: Obstacles & Techniques

A How to think about obstacles

In the video , I speak in a bit more detail about what obstacles are and how to think about them more productively. After watching, reflect on your own conversation experience, and try to determine which obstacles are most inhibiting your ability to enter Flow. Then, applying the ideas of the video, describe the nature of your obstacle as clearly as you can in the #help channel to get recommendations for techniques to experiment with. After posting, read the other obstacles in the channel and see if you can help. If you've experienced the obstacle yourself, articulate your personal experience with it in your own words. If you've successfully navigated that obstacle, describe the technique you used, and describe the story of your using it successfully.

B How to come up with techniques

A technique is simply a way of dealing with a specific obstacle. For example, the technique of using a metronome to practice story stax is a technique for addressing the Meaning Obstacle of not being able to conjure words to mind fast enough in conversation. A simpler technique might be simply putting on a big smile and laughing at yourself as a way to address the social obstacle of feeling shy around meeting new people. Think through some of the techniques you have already generated to navigate the various obstacles you've encountered as a language learner thus far. Then share them to the #share channel. When writing, be sure to specify the type of obstacle it's meant to address, and the scenario in which you would find that obstacle. Then read other people's comments, and see if you can get inspired for a technique that you can experiment with yourself. I've also included below an archive of extended workshops I did on specific aspects of the language learning process. You do not have to watch all the videos. This is just here for reference for you to generate new ideas for techniques and experiments. Below each video, there are timestamps about the topics covered. Feel free to jump around and watch whatever appeals to you. While watching, keep a mind for ideas you can apply in your conversation practice. Then when you have an idea, test it out in a real life conversation, then share what you did and what happened to the #share channel.
Charisma & Networking
  • [1:55] Who This Workshop is For
  • [2:51] The Goal of This Workshop
  • [4:26] Practical Problems of Conversation
  • [9:35] Where to Find Conversational Partners
  • [12:47] Conversation Practice Networks
  • [18:00] CPN Example
  • [20:18] Student’s Experience
  • [21:40] Ways to Learn Spanish
  • [24:20] Websites for Learning Spanish
  • [28:21] Searching for Meetups
  • [29:51] What Value Can You Provide to Conversational Partners
  • [36:24] What is Charisma
  • [38:39] Basics of Charisma
  • [42:55] Types of Charisma
  • [48:23] Making a Good First Impression
  • [58:35] Active Listening
  • [1:02:24] Question & Answer
Preparation & Resourcefulness
  • [1:28] Introduction to Day 3 Workshop
  • [2:16] The Goal of This Workshop
  • [3:39] Day 1 Review
  • [5:36] Day 2 Review
  • [8:19] Day 3 Topics
  • [9:45] What is a Micro-Script?
  • [11:37] The Positive Feedback Cycle
  • [15:41] Getting Past Small Talk
  • [22:26] Helpful Worksheet for Better Introduction
  • [28:43] Exercise – Sharing Your Values
  • [37:15] How to Build Your Micro-Script
  • [45:30] Increasing Your Resourcefulness
  • [53:04] Expanding Your Domain
  • [1:00:40] Further Examples & Tips
Analysis & Improvement
  • [2:30] The Conventional Approach
  • [6:00] The Origin of Words
  • [10:16] Review of Previous Workshops
  • [13:42] "The Shift"
  • [17:40] Conclusion
  • [19:32] How to Improve Your Speech
  • [21:20] Exercise - Spanish Speaking
  • [27:35] Which Errors You Should Focus on First?
  • [28:43] Common Spanish Errors
  • [33:18] 3 Categories of Being ”Off” in Conversation
  • [36:57] Two Only Questions You Need
  • [47:48] Situational Training
  • [51:11] The Process (continued)
  • [56:10] Conclusion
  • [59:40] Review
Planning & Commitment
  • [01:56] The Goal of this Workshop
  • [02:24] Curriculum & Review of Previous Workshops
  • [15:15] What if something goes wrong during conversation?
  • [21:13] Tips for phone conversations in foreign languages
  • [26:43] Meaningful Language-Learning Milestones
  • [40:57] Tips for Future Planning/Goal Setting
  • [47:24] StickK – Put your money where your mouth is
  • [57:55] Closing statement