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Your Manager sent you to a training course and you don't know why?

Posted by Kathi Rogers | Learning & Development Consultant on 22 August 2019.

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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?  Or you might have received an email saying you’re attending a course with the date, location, time and topic without any other details. 

Arriving for a course you've been told to go on that you didn't actually ask for, or might not want to attend, can leave you feeling unprepared, with some trepidation.

Most of us prefer to be asked, and are open to training suggestions. Some of us may actually find the topic exciting and something to look forward to. But, this is not always the case.

Ideally, leaders get the best out of their team members and a return on the training investment when they take the time to prepare their learning participants. This may involve discussing their learning goals and implementing support. Sadly, this doesn't always happen.

Become better informed and empowered so you can benefit from a training workshop no matter what. Here are 5 ways to do this:

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 for internal training go back to the person who booked you on the course. Check through the outline with an open mind to see what opportunities this course can provide 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 your manager about their expected outcomes, are you expected to report back after the course or make an action plan? Maybe your manager would like you to summarise your learnings with the rest of the team? It's important to ensure you and your manager have the same understanding about the purpose of 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 whilst training and broaden your network.

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


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