Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. -Joshua J. Marine

Monday I took a big step out of my comfort zone. I volunteered to lead a training class at ProNet. I’ve been second chair in various classes numerous times — and do it well.  Other trainers had conflicts in teaching the “Skills Analysis” and “60-Second Me” program — so I took the plunge.  

It went OK. It’s a starting point. My challenge: I hadn’t sat in on this class in months. I had the materials ahead of time, but didn’t feel mastery of them.  I didn’t own the material. Many thanks to fellow trainer Bruce Demarest whose schedule opened up at the last minute, so he could second the class. Bruce is an excellent, experienced trainer — very comfortable with both the material and the role. 

This is the first in the Core Class program for new members of ProNet — a program for professionals seeking new career opportunities (OK, unemployed or, in my case and in Bruce’s case, under employed).  Director Pieter Droog said it is the hardest class to teach in some ways because the material involves lots of tests, the participants don’t know each other yet and it sets the tone for the rest of the week.

I was shaky at the start, more confident by the end.  My research and journalism background feeds my desire to be thoroughly vetted and ready when stepping out. I  can, and will, do better.  Improving my public speaking, training and presenting skills is why I joined the Education Committee … so Onward!

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