“It’s impossible to learn that which we think we already know.”
If you think you already know how to most effectively engage participants in training, how to create engaging PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, how to tell powerful stories and how to enhance the retention and recall of information you run the risk of becoming stagnant and failing to best serve the men and women you have the privilege of training. When you start to believe you know it all you show up at courses, workshops and seminars taught by other trainers (if you show up) with an attitude of a closed and passive knower. You sit there with your arms crossed and your mind closed and say to yourself, “I know that. I already know all this stuff. There is nothing new here. There is nothing I can learn from this person.” and you walk out at the end of day full of yourself, but void of new ideas.
“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
As a trainer if you think you already know everything you need to know about training then you will close your mind to new ideas, new ways of thinking, new ways of teaching, new techniques, new tactics, new stories and new opportunities.
“We are not what we know, but what we are willing to learn.”
Mary Catherine Bateson
What are you willing to learn? Who are you willing to learn from? Are you looking outside the profession for new ideas and concepts? What are you reading and listening to? Are you reading and listening with the intent of collecting dots or connecting dots? What have you done in the last month, six months, twelve months to make yourself a better teacher, trainer and learner? Do you have the attitude that you can learn from your students, or do you believe that the teaching only goes one way – from you to them?
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- Read: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds, Mindset by Carol Dweck, InsideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann, Quiet by Susan Cain, Peak by Anders Ericsson, the Storytellers Secret by Carmine Gallo and Grit by Angela Lee Duckworth.
Keep seeking new ideas, new information and new methods. Keep striving to become better. The men and women you have the privilege of teaching and training deserve that commitment from you.
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