T4T- Find a Mentor

Find a Mentor You Trust

Becoming a better trainer takes practice. Advice from those that have already made the mistakes is immensely helpful. Find a mentor that you can trust. Form a partnership in learning with someone whose opinions you value, perhaps an author, a corporatetrainer, a colleague, a teacher, or some other talented member of your community. Have lunch. Ask questions. Take notes. Put thetips you learn into practice. Make mistakes. Ask more questions. Shadow them or co-facilitate a session with them. When you are finished, ask for feedback on your efforts. Accept constructive criticism and implement suggestions given.

This week I will be presenting at the Association for Challenge Course Technology conference with my longtime mentor and friend, Karl Rohnke.  We are facilitating a full-day preconference workshop together that is guaranteed to elicit laughter, fun and learning.  I love every opportunity I get to watch Karl facilitate--or as he likes to call it--instigate.  He is credited for creating many of the teambuilding games we all play today, so anytime I can pick up some new tips and tricks from him is one I take advantage of.  Who are your mentors?
Another idea along this same line is to meet with a group of professionals in your field. Once a month get together and discuss your three favorite tips or activities. Bring your best and share them. In half a year, your group will have dozens of best practices from each other.


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