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RAC – ‘Am I bored?’

Updated: Mar 12

  • Course: 1 day influencing skills course

  • Date: 21 Aug 08

  • Location: Shanghai, China

  • # of Learners: 20

  • I am feeling: Good

The class was attended by a few other fellow trainers in our organization. At the end of the class, I was asked whether I become bored after delivering some classes for almost 2 years. My answer was a bit complicated:


I do look forward to taking on new classes rather than just delivering the old ones. I love the process of preparing and delivering the new material, during which I learn a lot as well.


On the other hand, I am not exactly bored with the old classes… at least not as much as the others would probably imagine. I believe the key is that my delivery focuses on the learners but not the content. Since the learners are different each time, the class is ‘virtually’ not the same.

  1. I often collect expectation at the class beginning and tailor the class accordingly without compromising the key message of the original design;

  2. I always ask lot of questions in classes and there are all different sorts of response. Well, arguably, I asked too much some time;

  3. I encourage questions in the class by different techniques and tricks. See one trick I shared before on this blog.

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