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Tuning Clinic approach

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
As a friend likes to say:

"You know enough to be dangerous to yourself and others."

So for some irrational reason I decided that I'd stand up in front of a room of skiers of all disciplines and snowboarders tonight and prove it.

So, while trying to boil down a zillion ideas and concepts to a 'one size fits all' hour or two of info without creating too much sensory overload, I dreamed up this flow chart and cheat sheet.

Please offer any ideas on keeping on task and simple for a varied group of people. The current plan is to walk through the flow chart, describe various tools and supplies and then do some demos as time allows and the vibe dictates.

(What the hell was I thinkin'? As another friend says, "You ain't livin' unless you scare the $h!+ out of yourself at least once a month....)
post #2 of 9
Looks good to me as a novice tuner, but does have a lot of information. Might be fine for semi experienced folks, but might scare the newbies.

You also forgot one item under supplies at all steps:

"Cold beverage of your choice"

Good luck!

post #3 of 9
Originally Posted by MikeC View Post
. Might be fine for semi experienced folks, but might scare the newbies.
I was thinking the same thing. There should really be a way to collapse that flowchart into

asses edges/do edges/wax for the ADHD set.
post #4 of 9
Originally Posted by comprex View Post
asses edges/do edges/wax for the ADHD set.
I always thought it was "tip to tail, but to each their own...

Terry, I'll take a look at it when I get home and make a positive contribution to this thread then.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. Part of the intended approach is to put this out there for reference over time as a newbie gains experience and confidence. Seems like making it too simple will then bore those with more experienced. I was planning to do the waxing first for what I expect to be the primary focus for most and then move on for those interested in bases and edges.

Here's the 'work in progress' tuning flow chart:

Regarding 'collapsing the chart/list', once I get this ironed out over time I can easily do it on the site where interested areas can be selected and use pop outs.....not sure how to do that now with current mind set and time frame.
post #6 of 9
I think it's got a lot of good details. Just don't kill yourself to cover it all. Focus on the demos and let that guide the delivery of information and let it motivate questions. I always find it's easier and more interesting to show people something rather than try to explain it. In addition, that makes it more manageable amongst a large group I think.

I am not saying it's the case here, but in my experience, presenters that have too much information run the risk of:

1) overestimating the audiences capability/interest in absorbing that information

2) wearing themselves out trying to cover it all.

As long as you can avoid those two things, you'll be good with what you have shown here!

I love the KISS (simple, stupid) approach for stuff like this. I can always add more info on the fly, but it's hard to trim down information if there was too much.

Have fun professor!
post #7 of 9

I support most of the other comments. With the exception of the Waxing chart (see below) what you have here is fine for a condensed handout for listeners to annotate and follow along with your presentation, but I wouldn't project these images - there's too much on them.

If I were doing this presentation (and I do a lot of presentations) I would turn this into about a dozen or more powerpoint slides. People can't absorb huge amounts of details from a slide, so I would recommend breaking it up into digestible chunks.

First slide would be your page 1, cut before the flow chart, 2nd the flow chart on its own, then 6 slides each showing the topic & tools for each of your flow chart bubbles. If possible break it up by explaining why you're doing this and show the tools or pictures or let the audience play with the tools (depends on audience size). If you want to jump straight into waxing that's OK but people need to see where in the scheme of things waxing fits in.

On your edges page, I'd put no more than 1 diagram on each slide.

The waxing chart I'd split into at least three separate charts with some explanation bullets on each page (who uses Klisters ? why do I need to know snow temp, type etc.)

Well that's MHO and it's worth what it cost you

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. I modified the approach accordingly and things went fine. Babbling incoherently for 2 1/2 hours while continually demoing seemed to help with at least some level of better understanding. Looks like we'll do another one in a couple weeks and I'll modify the flow chart and hand outs.
post #9 of 9
Sounds like you've already got some good feedback from your first go, but I'll add my 2ยข.

With something like a tuning workshop, IMO the most important things for people to learn are the more subjective, or "feely" things. It's easy to hand out a nice pamphlet with the various steps to ski tuning and how to deal with certain issues, and certainly that's important to know.

However I think what a hands on tuning workshop should focus on is things like how sharp a "sharp" edge really is; how much sidewall is enough to remove; how much pressure to use with an edge file, etc. These aren't things that are easy to learn from a pamphlet or the internet, so they're what's most important to learn from a hands-on situation.
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