On Thursday, the 24th at 10:00am, I finally gave the teacher’s training workshop that I had been planning since last June. The principal called me two days before and told me she had a space and was ready for me to give the workshop. Yahoo. I was so calm and cool, so unlike me. It was going to be fun and I had planned three separate workshops, each time trying to personalize it for this group of teachers. I was shocked when I walked in and found at least 12 men in the group, that made me quite uneasy, but then I took a deep breadth and said who needs to be here will be here……….
The theme was New Year, New Life, New You, and it was geared to letting the teachers have time to evaluate what is most important to them in all areas of their lives and to set goals for this year, so that they feel more balanced, centred and focused.
It also was about teaching them to support each other in achieving these goals, while giving them tips on how to be a good coach and support for each other. I told them each of these tips could be an entire workshop, so these are just a framework to assist them in supporting one another.
At the end I asked everyone what they were taking away from the session and the value they had received:
- It gave me time to look at my life, to see where I needed improvements.
- It gave me an insight into the lives of my colleagues who I pass daily at work. Many people found this was the greatest value.
- It gave us a time to support one another
- It taught me to be able to open my mind more and listen to each other’s views and perspectives.
- It gave me more focus and clarity. I was able to see my weaknesses and my strengths, and where I could make some improvements.
- I have done a million of these workshops and wondered what else could I learn, and it was amazing to me how much more I got from this.
- I am someone who can shut people out and usually do this at all workshops, I fixate on a clock or picture, I can even imagine doodling on your face and time just let time fly bye, but this is the first time I have attended a workshop, listened from beginning to end and participated and got a lot from it.
- I have realized in this workshop how much easier it is to teach a class than to spend time evaluating myself., and that I prefer to teach in front of a class.
- I have learned how to open up my perspective, to listen more to what others have to say and that we all have something important to say.
- I do my own thing and I will carry on doing my own thing and the workshop was not really anything new. The most powerful part for me was having to share in the groups, as I keep my personal life and physical life separate form each other and this was the first time I had to share, and that was different for me.
- I know all of this stuff, it was not anything new to me but having this tool the “Wheel of life” was extremely useful for me and gave me an image of where my life is right now. Everyone echoed this sentiment.
- I have learned that I want to l look for the good in the children, to acknowledge them and let go of going to class and only criticizing them. I want to empower and inspire the students as you have done here with us today.
- I decided that I have become bitter because of all the negativity around us these days and I want to change my outlook and be more positive, and look for the positive instead of the negative.
- It has given me the opportunity to understand my colleagues better, to understand that I must not judge them or have a stereo type about them, but listen beyond that to who they are. I have been able to learn to be more understanding, and respectful.( a man)
- I have realized that underneath we are all one and the same.
- I have realized how important commitments and promises are and when we give our word freely without keeping our promises, we undermine our self esteem.
- When I began the program I said that I have compartmentalized my life into home, work and play and that I am too old to change, now I feel like I have so much more available to me, there are so many more aspects to my life and I am willing to step out of my “comfort zone” as you said. ( a man)
And so I have kept my commitment to the Teachers and stretched myself out of a comfort zone. I feel confident now and have learned a lot about planning the workshop, and going with the flow. Don’t over plan because it will take a natural course, and what needs to be discussed will find its way into the session.
The planning keeps me focused. A place to organize my thoughts and keep my focus clear. The session was extremely interactive, and the learning came with the sharing. Whenever we did an exercise and the entire group would share I would pull out points they said and build on those showing the cornerstones and philosophies of coaching. Also showing them that we each have wisdom within us and if we are willing to listen and learn from one another, instead of giving advice and trying to fix other’s lives, we would be so much richer for it.
It was an amazing experience and I am so proud of myself for picking up this challenge. It has been a fabulous growth experience. I want to thank the entire group as they played really well, as in coaching we were able to create an empowering space where participants felt free to share their ideas and perspectives with each other. I have been able to take away so much learning from the experience and hope that they will also.
The three most dangerous words in our vocabulary are “I know that”. These three words can close you down to ever learning anything knew. Just by changing the language that we use we can change our thoughts, feelings and actions. Live life as a life long learner and you will be amazed at what you will learn every day. Conscious awareness is the key to successful lifestyle creation. You are the Creative Manager of your life.
At the end I took out my Grace cards and made everyone think of the energy they had bought to the room, then I went around the room and let everyone choose a card to see if it gave them any further insights, as to where they needed to pay attention and focus their energy.
With gratitude to all the participants.