This goes to the difference between education and training. Education is knowledge transfer, which produces conceptual awareness and understanding. Training is the actual (or, in this case, virtual) “doing.” It produces capability and, with practice, real skill. Think of the difference between law school and practicing law. The former allowed you to understand the law; with practice, the latter allowed you to conduct yourself as an effective lawyer and produce the outcome your clients seek.
RainmakerVT video courses are education, through which you’ll learn things such as why PR is more efficient and less expensive than advertising, how to write a marketing plan that’s actually useful, and ten things you’re not doing at your speaking engagements that you should be doing. These don’t require real-time decision-making and so don’t lend themselves to simulation.
Getting confident and comfortable with rainmaking challenges that require real-time interaction with other people, and being able to make quick, correct decisions in the real world, you must actually do it, not merely hear about it. That’s what the simulations allow you to do – make decisions about what you’ll do or say next, and get immediate coaching that explains why your choice was or wasn't the best one. Most importantly, unlike in the real world, where poor decisions or saying the wrong thing can cost you an irreplaceable opportunity or client, in the virtual world a wrong decision has only virtual consequences.
Each simulation also features:
- a Practice Mode that lets you test how well you can perform without coaching or, as we urge, give yourself a quick refresher immediately before applying the skill in the real world, where the consequences are real
- a Ready Mode, that validates that you've actually learned the skill