Over the past two months I have been attending quite a few courses, some on new subjects, others on familiar topics. Why go on courses that I already deliver myself? I’m a great believer in that we always keep learning.
I have been on a presenting skills workshop and although I have been running groups and workshops for many years, I learnt how to put more emotion into my presentation. It also reiterated to me the use of metaphors and stories to engage the audience and emphasise specific points. In presenting my 60 seconds at network meetings I am now taking a more organic approach, leaving the “teaching” behind and allowing my passion and emotions to shine through more. http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/judith-kingdon/22/91b/b13
The second course “Dealing with Difficult People”, I already present a similar workshop to GP surgeries but it reassured me that what I was doing was along the right lines although I approach the topic from a more psychological aspect.
The very new learning for me was Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT http://www.eftfree.net/ . I completed levels 1 & 2 with two different tutors but found both workshops stimulating, fascinating and interesting. When I coach, I keep coming back to the ethos in that in order to make sustained change it needs to be at our core value or emotional level. EFT is a very effective yet gentle way of dealing with the emotional impact of change. Although I am still learning already I have seen some great results not only for myself but others too.
With all this learning my head, at one time, did feel as if it couldn’t take in anymore information! I also went through a “crisis of confidence”. I’ve given myself time to assimulate the information and I feel more adept in my new knowledge and belief in my ability and skills has been restored.
So don’t let your knowledge and skills stand still, keep learning from others and subsequently pass on your learning to others.