Values and Training: How Do You Define Yourself?

“No single act accurately defines a person, but an adherence to a strong set of values does. “ — Jim Watkins

Everyone lives their professional and private lives according to a set of values. You might not have  articulated yours, but we all have them. So I ask you – what are you values when it comes to training? What are your core non-negotiables?

Here are mine when I facilitate a learning session:

  • Provide real and applicable value to my learners
  • Show my learners where to go to get help
  • Promise my learners that although they probably won’t be experts when they leave my training, they will know how to find and answer any questions they may have
  • Don’t teach what they already know
  • If we’re done, we’re gone; don’t use up every minute in a session just because it’s scheduled
  • Treat all questions with respect, and move off-line when needed
  • Listen to each learner, even if they aren’t speaking
  • Adapt to suit the needs of my learner, even if it means we deviate from the stated objectives
  • Give all of my enthusiasm and excitement for learning to each session, regardless of how many times I’ve taught it
  • Speak in a varied voice and not display nervous tics

Basically, I am flexible to give my learners what they need, not what I want.

There are times when I might veer off of one of my values, but that doesn’t define who I am as a trainer and facilitator. My adherence to each of these, session after session, class after class, year after year defines who I am.

So I ask you again, what are your values when it comes to Training?

About Tricia Ransom

Patricia Ransom: wife, daughter, friend. Learning, laughing, living. Chicago, Illinois, downstate. Townie, urbanite, traveller. Note: The opinions expressed on this blog belong solely to me and should not be assumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers past, current, or future.
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