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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