I like to think of myself as a team player (especially at work) but there are certain tasks that I shy away from, not out of being lazy but out of knowing my strengths and weaknesses.
One of the tasks that has been thrown in my lap time and time again has been that of a trainer and I have to tell you…It does not make me a happy camper.
I’m all for being part of the team but sometimes they put me in a position that I feel I won’t excel in and that for me is a major problem.
Sometimes, I always feel like I am horrible, but at and they always choose me. I guess it’s my likability that makes people choose me to train a group but the truth is you need way more qualities than being likable to be a good trainer.
One of my major pain points is developing a fun and educational curriculum. I’ll be honest, although I am knowledgeable in my field I make for a horrible teacher. I’m that typical person that knows how to do something but find it difficult to put steps down on paper.
One of the worst comments I received from a trainee once was that I was all over the place. I would jump from one topic to the next not fully explaining the topic at hand leaving my classroom lost!
You can imagine how terrible that comment made me feel. It really made me start analyzing my weaknesses when it came to running a training session.
I eventually got out of the corporate world (Thank goodness!) and have dedicated myself to a life of solitude as a freelancer virtual assistant but I got to tell you…I sure do wish I had the INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN MASTERY COURSE at my fingertips when I was being asked to train our teams.
It sure would have saved me countless of hours of headaches and allowed me to give my trainees the education they deserved.