We are having a series of trainings, which started last Monday and will end this Friday. The very first thing that struck me was when one of our facilitators told us that they were going to take us out of our comfort zone. Yes, we were served with free food three times a day, but they weren’t going to make the training that easy for us.
One of the trainings was about Presentation Dynamics, where they taught us how to present properly and professionally in front of many people. I was so lost the first time I had my speech. I didn’t even know what I was talking about. I had my fair share of criticisms. They weren’t kidding when they said that “The fire that burned the wood was the same fire that hardened the steel”. It’s true. I can definitely say that I’m getting better at presenting myself in front. I still get cold feet, but I know how to manage my nervousness now. 🙂 I have been told that my voice was inaudible until now. Now that I’ve thought of it, I could barely notice that I’m almost shouting when presenting in front, which is the exact opposite of myself years ago, where I appeared to be whispering from the audience’s point of view.
We also had training on Achieving Meeting Results as well as English 101, which made me realize that even though your grammar sounds perfect, there are still things that were incorrect or inconsistent in it. I used not to raise my hand during discussions, but I do now. It felt better when I’ve lifted those questions or things that I’ve hidden from my mind. One thing I learned is that it’s better to ask questions than to assume. Don’t be afraid to raise your questions. You might think that your questions are stupid, but in a meeting, those who didn’t ask any question are the ones who appeared stupid.
Throughout the training, I wasn’t afraid of being corrected. I wasn’t offended when they correct me. Rather, I see it as an opportunity to learn and get better. If you’re a person with great pride, it’s difficult for you to accept criticisms, but if you want to grow, you must learn how to deal with them. I know that everyone would learn from them too. Our facilitators really know how to handle us, when to compliment, give feedback and shut us up when we’re going off the track, even though it was their first time to handle such a crowd. They know what they’re doing and they’re good at it. I know that teaching is difficult; I’m even terrible at explaining things even when I’m speaking in vernacular. And for that, my hat’s off to them.
This is the first training that I’ve attended at work and I can say I’m grateful that I have been given this opportunity because I learned a lot. Now that the training is ending, I can feel a little sadness because I have been enjoying it. It just feels so good knowing that by the end of the day, you learn something new! ^_^
I am more confident now and I feel like I can face the world without cowering.
To my facilitators, thank you for being selfless and endowing your knowledge to us. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have taken a step higher on the ladder.
A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.
~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk