As I prepare my training schedule for 2020, an essential action in that process is reflecting on what I want participants to achieve as a result of the learning, i.e., what will they do/be able to do differently?

This is a challenge I pose to all of my participants at the end of a workshop or training programme. It sets up the expectation that the event isn’t a one-off experience but rather the start – or an injection – of intentional action and reflection in their practice.

Over the years I have received an abundance of answers from participants as they ask themselves the question “What will I do differently tomorrow?” Here are some great examples:

  • Incorporate mentee evaluations in the partnership meetings
  • Regularly engage in self-review to determine my influence and effectiveness on my mentee
  • Manage the mentoring meetings much better by sticking to the purpose and keeping to the point
  • Structure our meetings more – time to talk about what’s on top, time to focus on the mentee’s development, time to plan for the next meeting
  • Use a strengths-based approach when giving feedback
  • Take time to really listen without talking and avoid distractions
  • Highlight the benefits of the mentee accessing and engaging in mentoring with me
  • Implementing the tools I learnt in my everyday communication – feedback model, empathic listening, asking good questions
  • Reinforcing my Why (why I am a mentor) all the time – big takeaway for me today
  • I will focus on the balance between advising and mentoring, using mentoring principles within the onboarding programme

When I take the opportunity to engage in professional development for me, I want to be able to apply the learning in some way, shape or form, whether that is changing a habit, being more reflective, introducing a new approach or technique to my practice. Learning as a strategy to develop, improve, move forward, or change a current reality should be the central principle guiding the design and provision of training. It’s a principle I adhere to.

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