In todays world it is easy to get seduced by instant. You search for a topic in Google and instantly get 1.2 millions options to pursue further. You can transfer money by e-mail money transfer without having to exchange cash or carry a cheque. If you do get a cheque from someone you can instantly deposit it to your account using your phone. You get impatient if it takes someone more than 30 seconds to respond to a text message. When you post something on Facebook or Instagram you expect people to instantly like your post.
As a trainer you want people to immediately grasp what you are teaching and begin to apply it. You too often get frustrated if people do not “get it” right away. If people are not immediately using what you taught you get frustrated and voice the trainers lament, “But, I taught them that. I don’t understand why they are not using it.”
Two keys for you as a trainer in regards to learning and change:
- Be patient.
- Be consistent.
In a recent blog posts titled Slow and steady , Seth Godin addressed the patient part.
The hard part is “steady.” Anyone can go slow. It takes a special kind of commitment to do it steadily, drip after drip, until you get to where you’re going.
David Marquet, the retired US Navy Captain and author of Turn the Ship Around, addresses consistent with this message:
“There is a need for relentless, consistent repetition of the message. Continually and consistently repeating the message is a mechanism for competence.”
The research shows that you need to hear a message repeatedly for it to ‘stick’. It might take seven or more times for a person to hear a message before it clicks in a way that he or she understands it, is able to connect the dots to other information and experiences and is able to apply it. That does not mean they are slow, it means they are human.
What’s Important Now? Be Patient. Be consistent. Be relentless.
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