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Your Manager sent you to a training course and you dont know why?

Posted by Kathi Rogers | Learning & Development Consultant on 21 August 2019.

Mindfulness Being ‘sent’ on a training course without knowing why can be frustrating and confusing.    Maybe you were told in passing or perhaps it was a last-minute arrangement?  You might have received an email saying you’re attending an email with the date, location, time and training course topic without any other details.  Then when arriving for the course you’ve been told to go on, one you didn’t ask for or don’t want to attend, can leave you feeling unprepared, with some trepidation. 

Afterall, most of us prefer to be asked, and are open training suggestions and upskilling conversations.   Of course, this isn’t always the case, sometimes the topic is exciting to you and something to look forward to and participate in.

Ideally, leaders get the best out of their team members and return on training investment, when they take the time to prepare their learning participant by discussing learning goals and implementation support.    Sadly, this doesn’t always happen.  

In this blog we want to provide you with our top 5 things you can to do to become better informed and empowered so you can benefit from a training workshop no matter what.   

1. Find out what the course is about

Get a copy of the training course outline with the topics and learning objectives.    Course outlines are located either on the training provider website or go back to your booking rep and ask for a copy if it is internal training.  Check through the outline with an open mind to see what opportunities this course provides you.   


2. Have a conversation with your line manager

Find out the benefits they see the course providing you and make sure it’s the right course for you. Sometimes people are enrolled in a course at the wrong level. Ask you manager what they would like as outcomes from you attending the course. Does your manager want you to check back in afterwards or expect you to make an action plan? Maybe your manager would like you to summarise your learnings with the rest of the team? Its important to ensure you and your manager have the same understanding and purpose for the training.  


3. Be up front with your course trainer.  Consider calling the training company before the training to discuss the content, your situation and desired outcomes.  ATI-Mirage can provide some suggested topics to research if that would help your preparation.  Ask questions, discuss any specific needs or learning that would make the training valuable to you.  Being proactive is better than being reactive.  


4. Attend training with an open mind and an intention of learning at least one new thing that will assist you and make a difference in some way. Training courses run from a couple of hours to a couple of days, so make them count! Enjoy the new information provided to you, or spend the time refreshing yourself on what you were already familiar with.  


5. Be curious, self-reflect and try out some new ideas.  You are spending time with other people, with similar situations and different experiences – draw from and contribute to the collective wisdom in the room. You may even build new connections there to extend your professional network. 

“The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice.”     Brian Herbert.









Use mindfulness as a tool to help anchor you in times of stress or feeling overwhelmed. Simply paying attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity can provide so many rewards in the workplace.




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