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First Training Day Now Under Our Belts

It is always the first day that is the toughest, right?

Yesterday, fellow trainer/colleague, Steve, and I jumped into the pot and delivered the first of our training. I was able to watch Steve in action for about a half hour. He is such a hoot! As he once worked for a "magical kingdom," he shows his enthusiasm and caring nature from the moment he smiles and says, "Hello!" and he is a pleasure to be around.

My first session began an hour into his, overlapping by an hour. It was a small class of 11, but we had four others from the corporate office, including the Vice-President of the expansive global operation!

I was unaware that they would be there, and they were a bit awkward in telling me (ahead of time). Did their presence make me nervous? Not really, as I do not see them any differently than I would in other experiences I have had in life, e.g. performing for high-ranking military officials, heads-of-state, politicians...the Pope.

It went well, and the VP came up to me after the class to thank me, and he seemed pleased, based on the comments I received at that moment, and a few hours later, when I ran into the team again in the evening.

Looking at the evaluations this morning, it looks like the content was relevant, and there were some incredibly insightful comments, as I asked the participants to look inward and be honest with themselves about what one thing they are willing to do right now to be better leaders for their team members.

Interestingly, upon my own reflection, what I did in two hours each session, truly is no different than what I do/have done with my military audiences, non-profit, etc. We really all are the same.

We need to feel respected as human beings. Nothing more, nothing less. The difference, as I see it, is the way that we process the demonstration of that respect.

For instance, I need my leaders to trust me to do the job when they ask me for something. Give me the deadline, tell me what you need done, and I will absolutely check-in if I have questions, need advice, etc. Please do not micro-manage me. Empower me to do be part of the solution. That is how I feel respected for who I am and what I bring to the table.

Another may need more direction and support. That person may need 5 minutes a day to check-in, ask questions, share concerns, and need to be coached more often. They may feel more respected when their leaders take time to listen, giving them full attention for those few minutes, and checking in with them at the end of the day.

Respect and communication. That is the name of the game.

Anyway, the first day is over. Now I must prepare for facilitating different information to another type of audience. I have a few days to do it, but that does not mean I have much down time.

I need to get Steve to the airport, and then have some administrative tasks to complete. They are MY personal favorite things to do...(you can hear the sarcasm in that statement, I hope!)

I hope to have a chance tomorrow to see my friend of 23 years (Evelyn). I have not seen her since we had dinner together in 2012. Before that...2004, when I helped her moved from Washington state to San Antonio, Texas after her husband passed away.

I also am counting on spending a bit of time here on PP later on this evening. Besides missing you all, an earning for 24 hours of 48 coins felt odd. I need to get busy!

Make it a great day, all!!

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

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wolfgirl569 wrote on October 16, 2015, 9:38 AM

Glad to hear that the first day went great.

markgraham wrote on October 16, 2015, 11:16 AM

Glad that things are working out in the job and you are making it fun for you and others.

MegL wrote on October 16, 2015, 12:35 PM

Glad your first training sessions went well. It's always good to get the first few done.

Rufuszen wrote on October 16, 2015, 12:45 PM

I think once you aquire the skill of presentation, you can do it anywhere. 'Course you have to do a little adaption

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 16, 2015, 7:56 PM

It's good to read that your first training session went well. I had no doubt it would.

Paulie wrote on October 17, 2015, 1:07 AM

I am very happy to read that your first day of work went very well. Evidently you didn't have any problems using the equipment.

jiangliu1949 wrote on October 17, 2015, 7:17 AM

I can tell your audiences had good vibes about your classes ,or rather ,you carried them with you when you delivered.

BarbRad wrote on October 18, 2015, 1:10 AM

I'm always happy to see what you're up to after I've been gone a couple of days. I can see you have a great deal to offer those you help train.

WordChazer wrote on October 18, 2015, 5:30 AM

Sounds like that went well, then. Onwards and upwards. Hope you found time to tackle the admin.

inertia4 wrote on October 19, 2015, 7:12 AM

Sounds like things went real well for you. I knew it. I know you are professional. And you not only seem to be professional, but you seem to add that human nature into it.