How to be an effective course participant?

As-Salam-o-Alaikum and very warm welcome to All,

We often come up to situations where we regret why I decided to participate in this training session or even we analyze that this training didn’t proved to be worth for me. But very less often we prepared ourselves before the upcoming training session for ideas, questions and sketch our plan how to go for course and setting an objective to meet after this training.

Today, we will look into this that how someone can chalk his pre-training plan and focus to be an effective participant who ends in great learning session.

Do you have any question(s)?

No. Why not? How come you are coming to attend a training session and you don’t have any question in mind? Your surely have but you didn’t consider it worth to write it before going to class you don’t miss it during the class. So often participant don’t write their question well before the training session and think they can get maximum from the session because they think they are very attentive and nobody can be 100% attentive during the whole session. I am not wrong it is proved with the help of independent research studies that people often lost attentiveness and their conscious mind if they listen or see something (someone) for longer than 3 minutes. Hence, we may lost what we want to ask so why not to write the questions in your mind before going to real training.

 Do you listen carefully?

Try hard to get the other persons point of view. Don’t accept ideas which seem unsound but remember: on almost every question there are several points of view. So be patience, listen carefully and learn from the experiences of other participants as well.

Don’t monopolize. Do you?

Don’t speak for more than 1 to 2 minutes or so at a time. Make your point in a few words, then give someone else a chance. Don’t make a speech as others may involve into longer discussion and main topic is left behind (a good trainer or instructor will never let this happen).

Don’t shy and why now when you have already decided once to learn/practice!

Don’t let yourself discourage from asking questions. If you didn’t understand, say so. Ask questions and remember: “my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Disagree but in a friendly manner.

If you didn’t like any idea or comment or thinking of trainer or any other participants from class then it is good to say so but in a friendly manner. Avoid win-loss contests as I have heard that “attitudes are contagious” and you don’t want to be everyone in the class to be in a same role so disagree in a friendly manner.

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it”.

Being a volunteer student is much of learning experience.     

If there is a need of volunteer in class for demonstration of any technique then you should be the first to grab the opportunity. It could be very good learning experience. Give yourself more and more chances to learn directly from the instructor.

How you plan for lunch session during trainings?

Are you one of those who take care of public relations more than their lunch? If not then it is really good but eat wisely as the session after the lunch may be very sleepy or difficult to pay attention on lectures. Now it is the time to change your seat, make new neighbors and change the seating position as well as angle. Tell this to instructor of class before doing this and tell him the reason.

When this training session will end?

The training session will only end for you when you ask yourself, “what I have learnt and how much I have contributed in the course?” Now if you are satisfied with the answer of your question and your colleagues can notice the change then you can, you can’t relax as you have to share your experience with them, but you consider yourself a winner.

In the end remember only one thing before going to any training session, “failure to plan is planning to fail”.

To Your Success,

Faisal Javed Mir

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About Faisal Javed Mir

Faisal Javed Mir is Occupational Health and Safety Professional, having 10 years of profound experience with multi-national companies. He has knowledge, skills, experience, tools, proven history and confidence to deliver what is required by learners. He is teaching First Aid since 2006 and certified by MEDIC First Aid International of United States for many first aid certification programs.
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