Where is my briefcase? What should I wear? Who barfed on my stuff?
All good questions.
My corporate training gig (teaching a 6 week class in public speaking) starts next week. I always look forward to those.
Prepping for it took me back to my working days.
Yes, I bought new shoes. (Always necessary for the first day of anything!) Should I get a new outfit? Hmmmm.
I had to find my briefcase. I use that word loosely as I have a canvas one from Lands’ End. I used it for much of my career. I had a leather one but it was heavy. I’m into healthy back stuff that rather than prestige.
There were remnants of cat hair on it. (How did that happen? Which cat is it? It’s been stored on a shelf for a few years.) Note to self – store in plastic.
The session is one I’ve done before. I looked for my old notes. They were all there gathered in a manner that only I could understand.
There were mentoring notes on former students. Aww, good times.
I could never teach in a traditional school but I enjoy corporate training. People are there because they want to be or they need to be for their job. Either way works for me.
It’s challenging. You need to be grounded in your subject. Adults want answers. They need to know that it’s worth their time.
It’s inspiring. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the lightbulb go on. There is a private personal evaluation prior to the class. The participants review it again at the end of the six weeks to see how far they have come. Lots of smiles! Snoopy dance!
There is also a vote for “most improved.” Everyone improves but some people make huge strides (perhaps they had farther to go).
I’ve never had a session where people didn’t improve. It is public speaking so occasionally a student will hope they never need it (but they will).
It’s rewarding for the trainers too. Win-win!
Note to self: Keep the cats off of the briefcase!