Have you ever thought of submitting an Instructor Proposal for a law enforcement conference? If this is something you have thought about, but never done, I would strongly encourage you to make the leap. Presenting to your peers is a challenging and rewarding experience that will make you a better trainer. A great place to consider submitting an Instructor proposal is the 2015 ILEETA Conference April 20 to 25 in Wheeling, IL. The deadline for Instructor Proposals is November 15.
I have been presenting at law enforcement trainers conferences for over 15 years and it took me a long time to figure out the importance of being vulnerable as a trainer. When creating your Instructor Proposal my advice is – Be willing to be vulnerable.
There are two aspects to being vulnerable:
- Be willing to be contrarian and challenge ‘common practice’. Contrarian thinking, supported by strong evidence for the new way of thinking, is what continues to drive changes in training. Being contrarian will piss some people off. Be ok with that. As Derek Silva points out in his TED talk starting a movement requires one person with the courage to be the leader. That can be you.
- Being vulnerable also means being willing to talk about your failures and not just your successes. We have all failed, sometimes miserably, and learned some very valuable lessons from those failures. We need to start sharing those failures and lessons.
It takes courage to be vulnerable, but there is no better place than ILEETA to be courageous.
Note: If you are a law enforcement trainer and not a member of ILEETA; you need to join. If you are a member, you need to attend this conference. You have lots of time to save in case your agency is not going to pay for you to go. If you are planning on going, then consider submitting a proposal to present to your peers.
The next issue of the ILEETA Journal will have lots of great advice on preparing an Instructor Proposal for the 2015 Conference including 6 more of my W.I.N. Tips for Preparing your 2015 ILEETA Conference Instructor Proposal.
If you want more information on ILEETA check out the website at www.ileeta.org or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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