The topics for this week's post are taking chances, performing well, and patience. Last week I hoped that someone in my network would have a contact teaching here in Seville. I saw several people reach out to their networks to try and help (Thank you for trying!) but I wasn't able to make any professional connections here outside of some people in the local craft beer industry.
Even though I didn't get any good news about giving a workshop here I did get a message from a friend in Istanbul while I was waiting to board my train in Madrid. If you remember from Volume 4, I bought a cheap ticket to Istanbul and someone in my network connected me to a professor there. I spoke to her students and also gave a talk at another university through one of her friends.
In the message she invited me to come back to Istanbul to give a talk next March. I really enjoyed my visit to Turkey last year and was happy that the new relationship led to me writing an article for the IATEFL blog.
Taking a chance paid off when Anne introduced me to Aysegul, then it was up to me to deliver a strong session and make a good first impression. I hoped that I would be invited back and even though it took a year, I'm happy that my new friends thought of me and extended the invitation.