Ceci Dadisman recently published an article at ArtsHacker titled Everything I Ever Needed To Know About Arts Marketing, I Learned From Mister Rogers.
She lists three primary skills and connects each with tenets of Mr. Roger’s television program. It’s a wonderfully heartwarming read and the second item from that list caught my eye: Don’t Be Afraid To Try New Things (Even If You’re Not Very Good At Them To Start).
This is a concept that most of us should take to heart.
Compared to children, adults are horrible learners. It’s not because they’re older and they don’t learn as quickly as children, rather, they tend to assume if they can’t learn something quickly as an adult, it’s probably something they just aren’t very good at.
One of the things I love best about working with Venture Platform clients is the training and support we provide. Pretty much every arts admin I work with thinks s/he is a luddite or isn’t very good at anything web related. But once they realize they have a regular support net to catch them when they fall or get stuck, it doesn’t take long for them to develop some real content management, analytics, and digital marketing skills.
So take Mr. Rogers’ advice to heart and get over your bad self.