Welcome to our new interview series on WizIQ.
I’ve worked with and observed many creative colleagues online during the last three years. The recent ELT MOOCS have only served to intensify this scale of influence, collaboration and coming together of dreams and ideas. As Edupreneurs, we are a tribe of like-minded EduRebels with a cause. The cause is simple. We want to reach out, inspire, and make a difference.
This series begins with our presenters in the ELT MOOC. It will continue with future MOOC presenters and/or other inspiring leaders in my network.
First up is Mau Buchler from Tripppin‘, an Edupreneur who has turned his lifestyle into an interactive video, gaming and story-telling website. He’s an actor, comedian, passionate teacher, showman, technical whiz-kid, and much, much more.
The most striking things about Mau Buchler are his persistence, tenacity and vision. What he has done was against the odds in many ways because he has actually created a brain-friendly, interactive virtual learning platform from nothing but a great imagination, personality and free spirit.
From my previous interviews with Mau for the creativity series on Fair Languages, I know how he did it from scratch with absolutely nothing but a dream to back him up.
My creativity series, called ‘brain-friendly insights’ was inspired by Walt Disney. Get ready to discover Disneyesque revelations from Mau and other Edupreneurs in this new series which covers success, spirit, and the heart behind the brains.
To quote myself from the creativity series on Fair Languages:
“NOW it’s time to trip you all up and make your heads spin. Enter TRIPPPIN’, a concept/approach/product which literally IS the Disney Strategy. Mau Buchler, an immensely passionate teacher and talented innovator, personifies this strategy in his collaboration with educational twins of his own invention, Trippp’ and Pin.”
“To cut a long story short, while Mau was on a world trip, he began to take educational videos of his travels. He invented two characters, one called Tripp, the outdoor, adventurous type and one called Pin, the intellectual. Mau plays both of these characters on video, mixing stunts with comedy, education, acting talent and humour. His videos include bungee jumping, biking and other mind-boggling activities.”
1)What’s the REAL secret behind your Tripppin’ enterprise?
Tripppin was designed to do more than teach English. It blends online and offline activities to instil independent learning.
2)Where does your optimism come from?
I see things in shades of education. I look for the signs of miscommunication before I start judging. Life tends to be brighter that way.
3)What’s your one ‘secret’ mistake that has actually propelled your success all the more?
I never wrote a business plan, and that prevented me from making Tripppin into something that already existed. It kept it unique.
4)Which natural talent contributes most to your work?
I’m a pretty good storyteller, and I love learning
5) What’s the secret to making timid learners more confident?
Show timid learners that everyone makes mistakes (including you). Get them comfortable with that idea that making mistakes is healthy.
6)What’s your Ninja psychological trick to persevering when the going gets tough?
Eat a KitKat. Things never get too tough. Not really. If you feel like it’s too much, take a break. Take a lot of breaks.
7)What were you doing when the Edupreneuring idea first hit you?
I was teaching English in Brazil and thought: “There’s gotta be a better way of doing this”
8 ) Which 20% of your work gives you the greatest results?
Content creation. Scripting, filming and editing are the most satisfying parts of the job.
9)Name one area of your work where you weren’t naturally talented but where you developed competence through hard work and vision.
I had no idea about editing, filming or acting when I started Tripppin. In 3 years I’I’ve taught myself to be a video maker with style.
10) What else do we need to know about you?
20 years of online and offline teaching around the world + life = www.tripppin.com. I’d luv ur opinions.
Here are two extra questions for anyone out there who is curious about Mau’s WizIQ experiences:
1) How did it feel to be part of the ELT MOOC?
It was a privilege to be recognized as an authority in online ELT.
2) You were part of the first two ELT MOOCs. What’s next for you in the WizIQ world?
I’m starting a course for English teachers that focuses on finding, retaining, and charging students online.
Many thanks to Mau Buchler for these personal insights and success secrets.
Mau also presented at Jason.R. Levine’s ELT MOOC, which I am helping to facilitate and organise.
Here is the link to his class page details and class recording.
If you have suggestions for people you would like to see covered here, tweet to me with the hashtag #EduWinfrey.
Enjoy and be inspired:)
Optimistic quote of the day
“I see things in different shades of education”