ost trainings can feel awesome in the moment. The challenge always is to be able to sustain that great feeling and have it reflect in your everyday life, your work and home. Corporations and individuals today invest more money in their professional and personal development than ever before. And so it’s worth taking a look at what specific measures we can take to ensure we get the most out of any training program.


Make sure you select a trainer, speaker or coach who actually meets your needs. Testimonials and qualification are a good reflection of ones’ competence. Having said that, it’s a trainer’s skills and results they can produce for you that are of real significance. While we can teach stuff that we don’t personally practice or have proven results for, personal experience helps facilitate more authentic, relatable and practical training. Branding and social media presence is a powerful tool for influence, and yet can be misleading at times.  See if you find an emotional connect with their core message and presence.

Know your outcome

Why do you need this training, what do you want out of it specifically, and how will it help you achieve the result and life you want. Knowing your outcome in a training allows your mind to focus on it, and so get a whole lot out of it. When you don’t have a clear outcome for the training, your mind tends to focus on whatever is your default pattern of focus.
This pattern could be one of looking for what you can learn, how you can grow to focusing on whatever is wrong or missing in the training. A lot of people fail to manage their focus in a training, and end up not getting much of it.

Take whatever is useful to you

Not everything in a training program may be relevant to you. Training programs are designed for everyone in the room.  So focus on what you find useful and learn from there.

Have an overriding strategy

When you change, your environment will reflect that change by itself.

So very often you will hear people say the program was great but it did not last. It’s useful to remember when your mind learns something new, it takes a little time for it to start living the new learning. It’s also important to understand that not everyone in your environment went through the training. Your old environment will still be the same and will push the same emotional buttons.

It’s your job to be aware enough to choose a different response to the same emotional buttons for your inner transformation to happen. I also find it useful to suddenly not start preaching when you are out of a training. When you change, your environment will reflect that change by itself.

Have Patience

Be a little realistic about your expectations from a training. We are all changing all the time and that’s true also for any training, but transformation is a life long process. It takes consistent application of your learning to translate into visible growth and results.

You don’t need to apply all that you have learnt at the same time and right then. It’s easy to attempt to model your teacher, trainer or coach immediately after the training and forget that they did not get there overnight. It probably took them years of practice. Start with perfecting one skill and practice long enough for the new learning to become easy, spontaneous and rewarding for you. Oh, and remember your trainer or coach is just another human being. If they are honest, they are all work in progress. They have a hunger for constant growth, inside and out.

So why would you train with them? Good question. And the answer is that if they are worth your time and money, they have probably invested a lot of time and money to get good at the insights and skill they wish to share with the world. With you. Its good to respect anyone you can learn from and anyone who can be a source of inspiration to you. Idealizing is a choice you can make and a choice you must take responsibility for.


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