This was the challenge I gave to my daughter’s teacher at our recent parent’s evening, having been told that aspects of her work were excellent, whilst others needed a bit more attention. She tried to reassure me by stating that the things she was excelling at were the things that counted most in the SATS. But in my opinion, the things she needed to work on were just as important for life in general, and I found her dismissal of these aspects a little unsettling.
This second blog in our ‘How to…’ series has been produced in collaboration with Paula Jones, Owner of 6th Level Training. Paula is a highly experienced designer and deliverer of technical (as well as soft skills) training, and was a finalist in the 2010 IT Trainer of the Year Awards. I picked her brains over coffee, as technical training is something that I have less experience of. Here are her words of wisdom…
Trainers who focus on delivery of training or coaching have a product or experience that they provide. Clients like it (or not) and make purchasing decisions accordingly. The trainer then has to then continue with that product/experience which has both upsides (they enhance their reputation in that area) and downsides (people stop considering them for other things).
Last weekend, my son had his very first swimming lesson. He spent the week prior to this lesson lurching between being very excited, and mildly petrified about what was in store for him. We tried to make things easier for him by explaining what was likely to happen, and taking him to the pool the week before so that he was familiar with the environment. The big day arrived, and we crossed our fingers: This could go either way…In the end, he did brilliantly. He even had the courage to jump into the pool (holding the teacher’s hand) at the end of the lesson. We were very proud of him.
Ahh, Valentine’s Day looms ever closer, and love is in the air. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for 2 weeks or 60 years, it’s a time when we focus on our relationship, and celebrate what’s great about it. Regardless of your views on Valentine’s Day itself (is it romantic or an over-commercialised gimmick to make money?), having a set date in the calendar to focus on something important (like our relationship) makes us actually do it.