Well, I intended to write this post on Tuesday, but we had a death in the family and I was gone to the funeral. Even though life was a little crazy there for a few days, I think I remember the training clearly enough to do this! I intend to write these “after-action reports” after each training so that personally, it will help me grow as a trainer and help me remember next time what happened this time. I’m hoping you will view this as me growing and being open to learning and it will help you know a little more about me and my style as you are deciding to hire me.
Child Development in the Bible, W.E.E. School, 8/23/2013
What went well:
The timing for the first session.
Everyone seemed to understand what I meant, even on the points that were more of an intuitive leap. (At least, no one asked questions or said they didn’t understand when I asked if they needed clarification.)
People participated in both sessions.
Several people said they understood some concepts that were new to them or understood old concepts better. In particular, I got quite a bit of positive feedback on the point about giving choices.
The video came at a great time to give us a brain break.
My notes and on screen cues were enough to help me explain without reading off the screen/page (except for the few quotes I wanted to read exactly).
People used the handout.
Several people wrote down the address of the Early Childhood NEWS website that I referred them to.
Except for the end of the second session, I was able to consciously slow down and speak at a good rate.
What could go better next time:
In a session with more participants, I need to invite less discussion or move along a little faster. (I had to talk fast to finish the second session!)
I could probably slow down some more sometimes, this is something that is a conscious effort for me! My natural speaking rate is much faster than most people’s, so I have to force myself to slow down when I train. I’ve gotten quite good at this, and it helps that I can go faster when I want to rush through my introduction or need to get done quickly.
I noticed in the video of the training (I recorded it so that I can put some clips on here soon!) that I often had my paper notes in front of my body when I was speaking. I needed them to read some quotes and see some reminders, not to mention I had to improvise where I stood to present, but I need to learn to hold my notes better when I have them.
If this training could be a little longer, I’d love to do some interactive activities instead of so much talking. I did ask for and get participation but people were a little restless, especially in the second session.
I was able to ask for or come up with examples for each point, but I may need to jot down some examples to jog my memory if I do this again.
The second half of the training is where people really seemed to want the information, so I may need to move through the first half a little quicker and focus more on the second half.
All in all, I think the training went really well. I was able to get some feedback and about half the participants filled out evaluations, helping me know what to do different next time! Thanks to W.E.E. School for asking me to come train. If you’d like for me to train for you, please visit the All About Me page to find out more, the Rates page, peruse my Portfolio, and then Contact me!