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Don’t Spend a Training Cent Until You Read This

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Don’t Spend a Training Cent Until You Read This

Recently I went to a group training event as an attendee.

I was really looking forward to this event as the content was relevant, the location was nearby, and I was suffering from ‘locked-in syndrome’; too much time spent in my own head and my home office. It was time for me to get around other business owners and listen and learn from their stories and experiences and bust some blocks that were stopping me from moving my business forward.

Sadly, as soon as I arrived at the event, I knew it was going to be a hard day.

We sat classroom style in a room with no windows and two hours in, no one except the person at the front of the room had spoken. Two hours of attendees sitting there (including me) looking but not really listening. Looking at other attendees, wondering when and if they could ask a question, wondering how long before the presenter took a break, wondering what the weather was like outside and hoping for a fire drill so that we could get out.

Over my career, I’ve attended too many training events like I just described. Events that were about as motivational as watching grass grow and some so over the top with ‘woohoo-ing’ and hard to consume information (death by PowerPoint), that I left with a headache, feeling annoyed and angry at the giant waste of my time and money.

Somewhere in between those extremes, were training events that not only educated but motivated and these events had two things.

The two things that make an ordinary training event, extraordinary:

  • Natural light.

The benefits of natural light are no secret. Research has shown that a room with natural light (the best room is located outside) has a hugely positive effect on people, promoting a sense of teamwork, higher levels of motivation and content engagement and a general feeling of positivity.

Little surprise then that a training environment that includes natural light is recognised as beneficial for everyone; including the person up the front.

  • Cabaret style.

Classroom style has you staring at backs of heads and feeling like a kid at school. Cabaret style allows for attendees to sit in smaller groups, face each other and chat with ease. It removes the ‘teacher to child’ feeling and encourages a giving environment that respects the knowledge and experience of everyone in the room.

Next time you’re seeking group training as professional development, don’t’ just focus on the content, consider the training environment too because it will dictate the performance and overall satisfaction of everyone.

My tip – Ask the provider about the venue before you confirm attendance.

You can, of course, access loads of learning from the comfort of your own chair or the privacy of your own home without spending a cent. For an introvert like me, that certainly has benefits but, to be in a room with people’ buzzed up’ on natural light, keen to learn what you want to learn and eager to hear your stories and help you solve your problems, that’s priceless.

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