“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?