"The test, of course, offers nothing but downside. No extra credit, just points marked off. The test is the moment where you must conform to standards, to say what is expected of you.
Perhaps a better question is, "Will this be in the Playbill?"
The Playbill is the little program they hand out before the Broadway musical. The Playbill is all about extra credit, about putting on a show, surprising, elevating, doing something more than people hoped for."
You know, as a trainer who is responsible for getting people ready for a software certification exam, this is something I struggle to balance. Yes, when you're talking about offering a software certification, the training should make sure that passing the exam and getting the certification displays a knowledge of the tool, how it's used, and why.
But the value add for a training course should be the playbill stuff that Seth talks about. Sure, we'll make sure you are competent with the tool, that's what a certification represents, but I also want to challenge students to rethink the way they do things, and the value they bring to their customers, whoever they are. Those are the things that turn a certified, competent, technician, into a rock star employee.
These are really good. As a trainer, the one I liked the best was the last tip:
Visualize rather than memorize your speech.
If you try memorizing your speech word by word, your performance will suffer, Qahtani said.
He likes to visualize a map of certain points in his speech that he fills in during his performance. It’s about becoming comfortable with the material to a degree where you can casually talk about it.
When you're teaching a multiple day course, memorization is not really possible, but visualization is. I like to have the roadmap in my head about where we need to go, and make sure we hit the targets along that map at approximately the correct time to keep the class moving forward within the correct time frame. Then I have the freedom to let the class interaction occur naturally within that larger picture.
Some great resources to learn more about cybersecurity and ethical hacking at your own pace. Definitely going to be bookmarking this myself!
There are some good tips on being effective with training, but the one that stuck out to me was this:
"#9. Be like chameleon
Be flexible. Make your training vivid and dynamic."
It's hard to be flexible. You have an agenda to get through, and limited time to do it in, but the very best trainers can keep the class moving through the agenda, and still be able to react to the group and keep it relevant to them.
The nervousness before going in front of an audience is natural, and inherited from out ancestors. This bring to mind two points:
1. You can learn to move past it by understanding that the fear is probably overblown in your head. Truly, your mind is in fight or flight mode to protect you from dying, when embarrassment is the worst actual outcome.
2. When you don't feel at all nervous, it may be an indication that you don't care at all what the audience thinks, that is why your brain isn't being triggered, there is no potential harm. As a trainer, I know that is the day I need to find something else to do for a living.
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