The gorgeous video clip below came to me via Dyana Valentine. Other than wondering how the artist can manage to spend so much time upside down while looking so effortless and graceful, it’s got me thinking about balance.
As a learning and development specialist I think a vastly overlooked aspect of training is balance. We all have ways we prefer to learn and yet, if we’re not careful, that’s exclusively how we can end up training. We can unwittingly create and facilitate unbalanced trainings that aren’t accessible nor inclusive.
If I’m in a workshop and the trainer says ‘don’t worry about taking notes, I’ve written everything down for you in the handouts which I’ll give you later on’ I’m immediately frustrated and my lizard brain kicks in. Why? Because if I have to only rely on listening, that info ain’t going in my brain easily. I need to write, to doodle, to make lists, to create links, make charts.
Ultimately creating trainings that are engaging and stick means striking a balance.
Striking a balance between:
What kind of trainer are you? Which lenses come easily and naturally to you when you are designing and delivering training? Which are more of a mysterious black hole? And most importantly, what implications does this have for your training?