Travel to the venue
- Choose a mode of transport that is as relaxing as possible, so driving in the rush hour may not be the best solution. This is truly a case of ‘let the train take the strain’.
- Try to arrive in good time – early enough to chill out, have a coffee, chat to your fellow delegates and get in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.
- If this means that you need to travel the day before, don’t begrudge the cost of a room for the night. You’ve paid good money for the course but if you arrive late and miss important stuff at the beginning or are too exhausted to take anything in because you’ve risen at the crack of dawn, you really haven’t saved any money.
- If you’re feeling unwell on the day, it’s probably best to stay at home. You’ll be unlikely to absorb the learning or participate fully if you’re running a temperature and others will not thank you for exposing them to your germs. Be realistic about what you can achieve if you’re under the weather. An intensive day of training is not likely to make a migraine any better.
- If you have a condition such as deafness, tinnitus or visual impairment that will impact upon your ability to understand and take part, let the tutor know beforehand as it may be possible to make some provision to help you; don’t just hope for the best.
- If you have a preference for sitting at the front, let the tutor know before the course or when you arrive so that they can arrange the best position for you from the onset.
- Crises in your work/family life may well arise on the day of the course. If they are minor, leave them outside the classroom door and resist the temptation to check your emails/messages during the break. It’s likely there’s very little you can do about it and it will certainly distract you from the task at hand.
- If it’s a major crisis that requires your immediate attention, explain to the tutor and leave at the next break (unless it’s a real emergency) to minimise disruption of the class; you’re very unlikely to be able to concentrate on your learning so you might as well go and sort it out if you can.
- Once sorted, if you can rejoin the group, great! But appreciate that your training has been interrupted and you simply may not be able to catch up – and you may hold everyone else up while you try. Consider repeating the training at a later date.
- If you have a problem – the room is too hot or cold or dark or bright, or you have an allergy and you’re worried about the food, or you’ve forgotten to bring some paper – tell the tutor or a venue staff member. We can’t guarantee that anything can be done about it but we’ll do our damnedest to try to help you have a good day. Don’t suffer in silence then complain after the event; it’s only fair that we’re given the chance to ease your discomfort.
And finally …
- Think about where your priorities lie. If the training will help you work better, then it’s not a day ‘wasted’ because you’re not at your desk. Investing the time now will pay dividends later so it’s really worth giving it your full attention.
- Be considerate of others. Don’t hog the floor but on the other hand, don’t sit on your hands either – the knowledge and experience you bring to the room are just as valid as anyone else’s. The tutor wants to hear from you too – it’s the best way she has of gauging how well you’re doing, whether the training is hitting the spot or whether it needs to go in another direction. Teaching is a two-way street.
- Enjoy your day and come back for more!