4817Re: [Scouter_T] Re:TDC - Training Etiquette
- Mar 1, 2005Let me add a few points as well...
Scouting's BIGGEST challenge today is not finding kids, its not even
finding the "money" to support the program. Scouting's BIGGEST
challenge is finding concerned adults to be positive role models for
our youth. And getting these leaders trained is the single most
important factor in the quality of the program our youth experience in
Scouting. Tell them we need your help to make a positive difference in
this "quality" factor of the program (be advocates, coaches, mentors,
So what does this have to do with etiquette you ask? Well we teach many
things in "training", but the most important thing we should try to
teach in every training course is to live, in our daily lives, the
values we teach in Scouting. This point cannot be emphasized enough. To
be a good trainer is more than being good at...(fill in the blanks).
Every minute of every course we are teaching something more important
than the material in any syllabus. You can learn that material from
many sources, in many ways. The MOST IMPORTANT message the participants
should take away from any course is that "you cannot effectively teach
the values of Scouting to our youth if you don't at least make an
effort to live them yourself". This message is best taught by example,
not by words. And make no mistake, the example you set will teach
something. Our goal, as individuals and as a staff, is to set the best
possible example as a Scouter that we can.
This may seem a bit a-stream of the topic, but it is embodied in most
of the items being mentioned herein. I always try to "set the stage" of
every staff by reminding them of this very point. IMHO, setting a good
example will make a great difference in the way our message is
received, and perhaps have a greater positive influence in the program
than any single subject matter taught. Thanks for listening.
Yours in Scouting,
Council Training Chairman
Central Florida Council (Orlando)
On Mar 1, 2005, at 12:52 PM, Ken Walker wrote:
> This is a GREAT IDEA. No matter how experienced we are, it NEVER hurts
> cover this stuff.
> I'll take a shot. Much of this is "Training 101", but it falls into
> "appropriate behaviors", so it kinda fits. Also, some of the ideas
> apply to
> the trainer(s) (making the presentation), and some applies to "the
> rest of
> the staff" (watching the presentation).
> Much of this is obvious, but we don't always do the obvious, so I'm
> it anyway. LOL
> For the Trainer:
> 1) Be in CORRECT uniform (duh!)
> 2) Be ready to start 15 mins early
> 3) Circulate and greet attendees as they arrive, and introduce
> yourself (by
> 4) SMILE!
> 5) Try to remember the folks you meet (by name)
> 6) Pay attention to your audience - FOCUS on them.
> 7) Stick to the course material and refrain from sharing your
> "opinion" on
> BSA programs, policies & guidelines.
> 8) Know your material, but have backup notes, and don't be afraid to
> reference them in a pinch.
> 9) If you don't know the answer, don't bluff. Say you will find out
> and get
> back to them. Then make sure you do!
> 10) Praise publically, critique privately (in general)
> Obviously, you need to correct misinformation related to BSA policies
> guidelines - eg a violation of youth protection requirements.
> For the rest of the Staff:
> 1) Be in CORRECT uniform (again, duh!)
> 2) Circulate and greet attendees as they arrive, and introduce
> yourself (by
> 3) SMILE!
> 4) OBSERVE, and don't interfere unless called upon.
> 5) Be seated, be still, be silent, be attentive, be prepared to help if
> called on.
> In short, "Set the Example". There's no worse example than a staffer
> misbehaving in the back of the room.
> Now - one request - when you summarize the feedback and create your
> presentation, will you share with all of us?
> -Ken Walker
> T-259, Plano, TX
> Great Plains District
> Circle Ten Council
> Chris Finnegan asked:
>> I've been tasked with developing a section for our upcoming TDC
>> regarding Training Etiquette.
>> Primarily this is to establish some ground rules such as: "don't
>> interject your own comments into someone elses presentation",
>> appearance, etc.
>> I'd be curious to see if anyone else has done anything like this or
>> has some guidelines already established.
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