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Tonight’s topic: Photography Goals
We’ve done this for the past several years, and have had a great discussion! It is a great way to start the year. (Credit for the original idea came from the Worcester Photography Meetup group) The topic for our October Education Night will be a discussion about our individual artistic goals for the coming year.
I’m starting with the assumption that we all have our own ideas and our own pace. We don’t all work the same way, and different approaches help each of us be productive. That said, it is generally helpful to envision where you’d like to be in a year’s time and to express it in your own words. This will be an open-ended discussion, including:
What type of goals do you want to set for yourself? Will you have succeeded if you produce a certain number of pieces, if you complete a specific project, or if you spend the desired number of hours each week. How will you decide that your goal has been achieved?
How much detail to you want and/or need? Is it enough for you to just state your goal, or would it be helpful for you to identify some interim steps (milestones) in the direction of your goal?
Would it help you to put your goals down in writing, or are you more comfortable just discussing them? Would you be comfortable sharing your written goals with the group? Would this help you?
What can NELP do to support you and encourage you? What can you do to support and encourage the rest of us?
How often would you like to discuss progress towards your goals? Annually? Quarterly? Monthly?
Please give a little thought to the above, and come prepared to discuss your goals (if you have any) for the coming year and how NELP can support you. Please come even if you’re not sure what you want to set as goals (spectators welcome). I’d like to have as many different perspectives represented at the meeting as possible.
Please let me know if you have any questions.