A Great Training Experience

I sat in a hotel conference center where I didn’t want to be, in a room full of people I didn’t really know or care about, and a facilitator told me to look at the person to my left and tell him about a current issue at work I needed to resolve. I didn’t want to do it. The person to my left was annoying and all too happy to accommodate the facilitator. I was grumpy when I told him about my issue, and what happened next forever changed my idea of  what a great training experience is.

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Engagement Leads to a Great Training Experience

That day I learned that training is not only about lecture and rigorous note-taking. For the very first time, I learned that engaging with the materials and my colleagues gave me a training experience I could take with me permanently. I had a facilitator who did more than speak at me, she facilitated and eight-hour session of discovery and team development. I had worked with this team for years, and we had never established this rapport!

Training as a Career

At the end of the session, the facilitator asked me if I had ever considered a career in training. Although I was facilitating training at that conference the next day, I hadn’t considered it as a career. Well, at least not yet. By the end of that week, I had approached the training department and discussed my potential contributions to their team. Before the year was over, I worked for them.

As we wind down our year at Endurance Learning, I think it is important to remember a great training experience as a participant.

What can you point to as an example of a great training experience? What did it lead to? Let’s talk about it in the comments.


4 thoughts on “A Great Training Experience

  1. My best experiences are always when they are facilitated over a period of time rather than just a ‘drive by’. Whether it is Leadership Connections conference that I attend yearly where I have days to visit and revisit ideas or the Ounce of Prevention’s Lead Learn Excel year long cohort. This has also led to me valuing those experiences for others and offering them in my work with early childhood providers.

    • I enjoy those types of training as well Missy. Do you typically have work to bring home with you after those sessions?

  2. The first time I remember thinking training could actually accomplish something (I already worked in training when this occurred) was a session on Program Management that had very little content up front. I don’t remember if there was even a PowerPoint. The bulk of the session was spent going through multi-page scenarios that we were expected to navigate based on assigned roles on our team. It was exceptional and showed me that the formula I had seen to that point was not the most effective and that training could be challenging and fun!

    • That is funny you should mention PowerPoint in your session. I was just thinking back and I don’t recall the facilitator in my story using PowerPoint either.

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