Touch-typing ‘bootcamp’


Published: 24th Oct 2014 by Debbie Griffiths
Categories: Wordsmithing,  Training

Touch-typingIdeal Word Associate, Jonathan Stevens, used to teach English with me out in Germany - many moons ago - so I know what an inspiring teacher he is. He’s spent his professional life in training, specialising for the past decade in touch-typing training.

We invited him to become a Word Associate as touch-typing is a powerful skill that fits with our ‘right around the word’ offer. We can help you become more confident as a writer, but if you have to spend time constantly looking down for letters on a keyboard, you’re devoting valuable brainpower to thinking about typing, instead of using it all to think about your writing.

Of course you can get by without touch-typing. I do. But it’s not ideal. Mark learned the old-fashioned way on a clunky typewriter, but I taught myself at the time Apple Macs first made their appearance. Mark’s mega fast and accurate. I’m pretty quick, but definitely not slick.

I’ve always found it frustrating, but thought it was too late to change my old, bad habits. Because that’s what they are: bad habits. As Jonathan says: “Practice does not make perfect if you’re practising the wrong things.”

Learn to touch-type in 1 day

He persuaded me that he can (and regularly does) teach old dogs new tricks and so I signed up to his 1-day course. He told me to expect the unexpected, but also to expect that I would be touch-typing by the end of the day. Too good to be true? By lunchtime, I thought so. But by the end of the day, he was right. I was indeed touch-typing, very slowly and accurately.

I was completely shattered and knew why he’d once described it to me as a ‘bootcamp’. He’d pushed us all, got us doing motivational things like singing but kept us all together and got us all over the finish line. But, of course, that’s only the beginning. Like regular bootcamp, you can learn stacks from the master, but it’s up to you how much hard graft you’re willing to put in afterwards to turn your newly-acquired knowledge into action.

Want to know a secret?

I’ve accepted Jonathan’s challenge to follow his tried and trusted techniques and to practise the right stuff – little but often – to perfect good new habits. I’ll also let you into a little secret: I’ve not touch-typed this blog. I’m not allowed to today. Why not? Well, like the audience who’ve just enjoyed The Mousetrap, if I tell you everything, I’ll spoil your fun when you go. And it is fun and like no training you’ve ever done before. If you’re itching to know more, give me a call and I’ll whisper a few more clues in your ear! 

In the meantime, I’ll let you know when I’ve mastered my new skill. I’m not there just yet. But I will be. 



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