I’ve just come back from leadership workshop. One interesting observation I made there is that, as trainees, we usually have much control over what we get out of trainings we attend.
I mean, it doesn’t really matter whether a training or a workshop or a conference or whatever is good or bad, we still can end up learning more or learning less. I don’t deny a simple fact that a better training is, um, better than a bad one. I’m not that dumb. You will definitely learn way more on the former than on the latter.
Anyway, no matter how good, or bad, training is you usually can suck more out of it. It actually is a lesson learned during crappy trainings I happened to attend. When in such situation you have a choice: you can either consider your time wasted or you can try to find these few (usually hidden) gems which are always there.
The only thing you need is right attitude:
- If your attitude is negative, be aware of that and consciously work to change it into more positive.
- If you see nothing valuable in what trainer shares, learn from the group, from their experience and their reactions.
- If you don’t agree with what you hear, don’t be afraid to challenge trainer continuously, yet do it in a constructive way.
- If what you hear isn’t aligned with what you know, challenge what you know.
- If a training itself doesn’t draw your attention, consciously keep yourself focused and observe what is happening around.
- If you got bored, force yourself to become involved, even in defiance of yourself.
- If you catch yourself distracting others, stop.
- If you don’t like a trainer, get over it and focus on content.
With such attitude you will learn more than you would otherwise. With such attitude you will learn more than you expected. So do you prefer the let you time get wasted or you’re going to make some use out of it?