Riyadi Suparno
Jakarta


Teaching is one of the best ways to learn your trade; and learning from the best will take you to the next level.  That’s what I learned from my last teaching session.

 

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Participants from SucorInvest, a leading national securites company, preparing their corporate spokespeople in the training pragram facilitated by IndoAsia Kom

 

Teaching forces you to do a lot of preparation, especially if you are teaching important people, who have a good education and a lot of experience in their respective fields.

Such preparation forces you to look into, check, question and relearn what you have been doing in your trade so far. This process reinforces your knowledge as well as your skills.

The process of relearning is especially strengthened when you are sharing the class with a person who is the best in his or her field.

It was just my luck when Bambang Chriswanto, one of my university junior friends but now my senior partner in IndoAsia Kom, asked me to accompany him to his Spokesperson Training session. Without any hesitation, I accepted his invitation.

Teaching is one of the best ways to learn your trade; and learning from the best will take you to the next level.  That’s what I learned from my last teaching session.

It was my first time partnering with Bambang in a full training session. Before, Bambang occasionally invited me as one of his resource persons, and I would normally speak for one hour and then leave.

This time, I stayed from the class’ intro until the end and even wrote recommendations for participants. I have to acknowledge that even in giving recommendations, I’m not well trained, and therefore, I learned a lot from his guidance.

Although it was a one-day event, preparing for it took weeks.  First, we discussed the content and flow of the training, then materials that we had to prepare.

I did the things that I’m best at, such as writing articles relevant to the class and even creating bogus articles for a training exercise; then preparing as many questions as possible, including teaser questions to encourage active participation from participants.

Bambang, as the main facilitator, prepared the main parts of the workshop, which I think best suits the needs of the participants, the spokespersons of the company. And his delivery of the training session makes him beyond doubt one of the best in the field.

As someone who was involved in the preparation from the beginning, I know now that a good one-day training session is a product of weeks of hard work. And most importantly, I have learned from the best.