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RAC – Never settle

Updated: Mar 8

  • Course: A one-day workshop

  • Date: 6 May 08

  • Location: Shanghai, China

  • # of Learners: 20

  • I am feeling: Bad

I was co-facilitating a one-day workshop last week with another facilitator. We only managed to meet up the evening before for me to learn in details the workshop from my partner, who has modified the workshop herself. In the spirit of 'PREPARATION', I tried my best to think through her new design. I was not very sure about the ice-breaker. It seemed to me the instruction would appear to be unclear to the learners. However, since she has run it before and I wanted to be polite (not changing other's design), I was thinking to give it a try. In addition, I had limited time to prepare anyway.


My session on the ice-breaker turned out to be bad. Learners were confused of what they need to do. It was bad. I hate the experience. My fault.

My learning - I need to be 100% comfortable with the design myself. I should first clarify more. I could be uncomfortable because I do not understand the design well enough. If I am still not happy with the design, I got to insist to change it, no matter what. Limited time is not an excuse. Make time. After all, learners will only blame David Yau who gave unclear instruction. They could not separate the responsibility of design and delivery.

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