Lightbulb Coaching

VR – The future of learning, but now.

Sarah Smith, Founder of lightbulb.coach, May 2024

Working with young people for me was always a lot of fun. I managed interns, graduates and apprentices for a number of years. They were super engaged, willing to learn and ultra-curious. I know that those I worked with would have embraced using technology like Virtual Reality to learn and build confidence. VR for learning is now a reality and with the added power-up of coaching, the we can dig deeper into the learning so it’s even more impactful. It’s not just learning more about ourselves, it’s about creating real-life strategies and that is where the confidence really starts to build.

The beauty of using VR for learning is that it’s not so unfamiliar that it’s scary for the learners, and feels like play. When we are enjoying ourselves, we are likely to be more relaxed and therefore, learning better.

Using VR in schools

Now, here’s the really cool part: VR immersive learning isn’t just about having a blast (although that’s definitely a big bonus!). It’s also a powerful tool for building confidence. So, why not use this tool in school?

Students have an opportunity to use VR to experience situations that raises self-awareness and builds confidence. How, you ask?

Hands-On Learning: VR allows you to interact with virtual environments, making learning more engaging and memorable. When you can manipulate objects, conduct experiments, and solve problems in a 3D space, you gain a deeper understanding of your own approach to problem solving, communication and working under pressure. This hands-on approach boosts your confidence as you master new skills and concepts.

Safe Space for Practice: Whether it’s public speaking, scientific experiments, or testing bravery, VR provides a safe environment for learners to practice and make mistakes without real-world consequences. This freedom to explore and experiment without fear of failure is a game-changer for building confidence.

Personalised Learning: With VR, each learner can learn at their own pace and in their own style. This approach helps build confidence by allowing learners to tackle challenges in a way that suits them best, fostering a sense of achievement and mastery. The learning and awareness building is personal to them and the results only apply to them.

New Experiences: Since it is unlikely we’ll experience space or an Egyptian Tomb anytime soon, VR can provide environments that feel very real. It opens the learners eyes to new places and experiences.

The future is here, and now is the time to embrace technology to help our future workforce build the skills and confidence they will need to navigate the current landscape.

lightbulb.coach are a private coaching practice and specialise in coaching, VR coaching, coach training and coach mentoring. Coaches are accredited by the International Coaching Federation. Their aim is to make coaching mainstream for young people. Get in touch with Sarah if you have any questions at info@lightbulb.coach

Feeling Stuck? Consider Coaching

As a professional Coach, I regularly see people nodding when they ask what I do for a living, they understand “yes, I do that, I coach as a manager, I give my team advice all the time”. Inside I’m screaming “that’s not what a coach does, you are mentoring your team, not coaching!!” I don’t want to be rude, so I say “oh, like mentoring? Coaching is about asking the right questions rather than giving the answers”. The conversation quickly moves on and I’ve lost the moment.

I do have a personal mission to make coaching mainstream for young people. Often senior executives and CEO’s are assigned a coach. Expectations are high so a coach will enhance performance and help create the best version of that person. For some, being assigned a coach carries an acknowledgement that you are being invested in. For some, it’s a secret as they see a coach as being a fixer or a counsellor, they must be doing something wrong, right?

I am here to set the record straight.

Coaching is a conversation with purpose. It is about the here and now and where you want to go.

Imagine the conversation:
“Mummy, I’m sad, I still can’t get to the top of the climbing frame and all my other friends can, I just can’t do it”

Mentor – “I saw you trying, and you keep missing the 3rd rung of the ladder to the platform, you need to get that bit right and you’ll make it. I’ll come and help you up”.

Counsellor – “Does this have anything to do with the time you fell off the climbing frame and your friends laughed at you?”

Coach – “Why do you think you can’t do it, what could you try differently next time?”

Now, this is a simplistic example purely to help illustrate the point. You have to decide what help you need first, all of these methods and many more have a place, not one is better than another.

In any home, school, organisation there is a time for telling. When a major incident is happening in A&E there is no time for questions “What is the best course of action here?”, someone is charged with getting patients where they need to be fast, they have the answer. The questions are likely to come in review, “what could have worked better today, what went well, what went less well?”

We don’t do our children’s homework for them, we let our teenagers make (some) of their own mistakes. Why? Because it’s the best way for them to grow and learn. We build a self-awareness and a resilience by trying it out for ourselves. Coaching is ultimately helping you figure it out for yourself in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental way.

Some typical coaching topics:

To perform better at work Expanded career opportunities Higher self-esteem
More confidence in myself A clearer understanding of my strengths and weaknessess New strategies for managing my business
Better work/life balance To maximise my potential  

Source: https://www.icfcoachingworks.com/
This handy quiz helps to define what sort of help you need:

Feeling Stuck – Please click to download.

Get in touch if you think Coaching could shine a light on your future – info@lightbulb.coach