I always ask my instructors to learn something new, whether it be climbing a mountain, hang gliding, jumping out of a plane, doing a triathlon, learning to cook or surfing – go and try something new! It’s so important for any trainer to expose themselves to the feelings of learning. Being emphatic to a learner’s needs is vital, and a professional trainer should place him/herself into the shoes of a learner whenever they are training.
Recently, I walked into the local computer store, thinking I would buy a computer, computers are great! You can use them for face book, send emails and type letters! Ummmm yep that’s my limit, a bit embarrassing I know, please excuse me.
Of course, a salesperson popped out of nowhere “can I help you” he barked out with some enthusiasm! These ones have those gigabytes and megabytes – they offer this and that (I missed everything after the gigabytes), I was too busy looking for my AERO guard! ha ha ha ha ha . I have no idea in this new digital world, lucky I have great skills in the motorcycle industry!
I felt like a novice, in fact, I felt worse. The experience took me back to my pre-school class days, with that strong plasticine and poop smell, with miss Hail learning my ABC, it was a scary place for me both preschool and the computer store!
I really get what it’s like to want something that is so cool, yet I had no idea of what I needed or required; the same as any learner on a motorbike would experience I am sure.