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What did you miss during the Lockdown?

Remember the scramble to find toilet rolls at the beginning of lockdown. We even sent some through the post as a ‘joke’ birthday present. This is an example of how things changed so quickly. That was just the start of things

That was just the start of things -Empty shelves and long queues were perhaps anticipated but one thing that I didn’t expect was the absence from the supermarkets of our favourite Kellogg’s breakfast cereal ‘Frosties’. We looked in store after store and there was not a packet to be found anywhere- Hooray it is now back in the Supermarkets

This got me thinking of what else I missed-here a few of things I missed..

Hugs and kisses from my granddaughters-Like all grandparents my grandchildren can twist me around their little fingers knowing that I will likely agree to anything for a cuddle. Soft I know but something comes over you when you become a grandparent and you lose all resistance.

Travel– As freelance trainer I have been privileged to travel across Europe and the Middle East delivering various courses and I miss going to all these exciting places. I have been to places that I have always dreamed of such as the enchanting city of Singapore where I met some many interesting characters. This may sound strange to some but I even miss packing my luggage ready to go off on another adventure.

Buzz of being in the training room– Although I am lucky enough to have been able to deliver some online training I do miss the buzz I get from meeting new people face to face and wondering ‘how I can build rapport with them’. Because online training is best delivered in short bursts rather than all day long there can be less time for questions and challenges and I miss being put to the test by my learners.

These are some of the things I missed during lockdown -What did you miss? I’d love to hear from you what you had to go without?

New trainers whether running a course online or face to face often find presenting information to groups of people daunting and nerve wracking.

The key here is start by observing others deliver the same material to gain an understanding of what are the key points to emphasise. Then practise, practise and practise until you feel confident. Take a few deep breaths and start slowly and before you know it you are competent and comfortable when delivering a presentation

New trainers also worry about being asked a question that they do not know the answer to because in their inexperience they equate training to knowing everything there is to know about a subject. This is a totally incorrect assumption, if you do not know tell the group and find out the answer together. Never be tempted to fudge and pretend you know when you do not sooner or later you will be caught out and lose all your credibility.

Technology is another thing that new trainers find scary especially getting to grips with online platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco WebEx and others and again the best way to become comfortable with these platforms so that you can move smoothly from one function to another.

Although training is now routinely held online there is still a need for face to face training and travelling and being away from home can concern many new trainers. Recognise that travelling is part of the role and consider how you can make the best of this. Running training across the UK allowed me to visit former colleagues and friends in distance location and upgrade from social media connection to people I spend time with.

Are you a new trainer and finding things scary -why not book a free 20 minute discussion with me and see how I can help you.

Remember the scramble to find toilet rolls at the beginning of lockdown. We even sent some through the post as a ‘joke’ birthday present. This is an example of how things changed so quickly. That was just the start of things

That was just the start of things -Empty shelves and long queues were perhaps anticipated but one thing that I didn’t expect was the absence from the supermarkets of our favourite Kellogg’s breakfast cereal ‘Frosties’. We looked in store after store and there was not a packet to be found anywhere- Hooray it is now back in the Supermarkets

This got me thinking of what else I missed-here a few of things I missed..

Hugs and kisses from my granddaughters-Like all grandparents my grandchildren can twist me around their little fingers knowing that I will likely agree to anything for a cuddle. Soft I know but something comes over you when you become a grandparent and you lose all resistance.

Travel– As freelance trainer I have been privileged to travel across Europe and the Middle East delivering various courses and I miss going to all these exciting places. I have been to places that I have always dreamed of such as the enchanting city of Singapore where I met some many interesting characters. This may sound strange to some but I even miss packing my luggage ready to go off on another adventure.

Buzz of being in the training room– Although I am lucky enough to have been able to deliver some online training I do miss the buzz I get from meeting new people face to face and wondering ‘how I can build rapport with them’. Because online training is best delivered in short bursts rather than all day long there can be less time for questions and challenges and I miss being put to the test by my learners.

These are some of the things I missed during lockdown -What did you miss? I’d love to hear from you what you had to go without?