“There aren’t any embarrassing questions — only embarrassing answers.” Carl Rowan
I really thought that I had discovered a very clever way to make a point in a recent time management class for new supervisors.
I referenced a legend that, during World War II, the first step in a Navy fighter pilot’s emergency response process was to wind a watch embedded in the steering column. The split second it took to wind the watch was supposed to help the pilot clear his head of distractions and focus on the situation. The story seemed plausible to me.
Most of the participants also found it plausible, which was very gratifying. Then another participant’s hand went up.
He emphasized that this was only … Read the rest
Here are two funny moments that happened to trainers whose behavior epitomized the saying: The show must go on! Deb Johnson, who is a Training Specialist for Allina Hospitals and Clinics, wrote in about her experience: One of my embarrassing moments happened last year. During the opening introductions of a training class, almost immediately after my intro, I felt something slide down the front of my dress. I slapped my hand to my chest and made some kind of sound of surprise. Needless to say, at this point all eyes were on me. With my one hand still holding my chest, I used my other hand to reach down. I pulled out a long large necklace that had come undone … Read the rest
One of my own most embarrassing moments happened a number of years ago- so long it ago, in fact, that it occurred before there was even PowerPoint! I had facilitated an all-day training program, taught a different program that evening, then hit the road very late to drive to the city where I was going to conduct a strategic planning session the next day. I had my materials and colored overheads in a bag with my ever-present bottle of diet Coke- and the bottle spilled, getting sticky Coke all over everything. I spent the entire night washing, blow-drying, and recoloring the overheads! Exhausted in the morning after my stressful and sleepless night, I had no time for breakfast. I dressed … Read the rest
ince this is a holiday week, today’s Tip will be a quick read.` Here is a classic situation shared by Lois Walton, MORE Trainer at Hazelden Springbrook:
I think my most embarrassing moment as a trainer was when I had to leave while my clients (fellow employees) were doing a small group activity so that I could use the restroom. I forgot to turn off my lapel mike, so everyone heard the toilet flush. They were all laughing when I returned to the training room and the story was all over the organization by later that day. Enough time has gone by that I laugh at the embarrassment now, but it was only funny to the group, not to me … Read the rest
I thought that this topic would attract attention and it definitely has. As a matter of fact, today’s entire Tip comes from Tom Jackson, who is Training Team Lead for the Division of Strategic National Stockpile, Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here is Tom’s story: I have an embarrassing moment I’d like to share with you and the accidental way in which I handled it.
I was going through a portion of one of our courses where we discuss public health and emergency response actions for a large public health emergency’sometimes this can get scary and more than a little weighty. I don’t even remember what triggered this person’s response, … Read the rest