Munir Virani is a quiet, humble kind of guy whose eyes twinkle as he adroitly draws you into his passion, which is raptors. I contacted him recently out of the blue & asked him to speak at the monthly Learning & Development roundtable I host in Nairobi.
I was tickled when he said yes because I figured that anyone who can get people interested in a type of bird (raptors) that include some downright ugly critters that eat dead flesh (vultures) has to know a thing or two about teaching & training.
Others think so too as his TED@Nairobi talk has more than 800,000 views. Both he & his partner came to the roundtable & enraptured us with raptors. After his workshop we debriefed what he’s doing right when it comes to learning & development. Here’s what we came up with:
- Know thyself–Munir is a busy guy so asked me to remind him a couple days before the workshop by email & text, which told me that he knew himself as a trainer & what he needed to get the job done. Knowing yourself, what do you need to get the job done?
- Set the right tone right up front – Munir started by saying that he was more nervous talking to our small group than to a large TED audience, which drew us in with his affableness & honesty. How can you set the right tone, right up front?
- Set the stage, set a challenge – One of the first things out of Munir’s mouth was ‘I’m going to get you to understand & care about raptors.’ Gauntlet thrown, challenge accepted. How can you set a challenge for your audience?
- Know thy audience – Munir was talking to an international audience, which he deftly acknowledged, both with local examples as well as international examples. He even asked someone from New York if she knew a particular region & wove that into his talk. How can you know your audience & speak to them accordingly?