A Training I Attended Where Time Management Was Neglected

I generally enjoyed the Phase 3 (i.e., advanced level) Brainspotting training with David Grand, PhD that finished just hours ago. Three days of intensive online learning have left me feeling pretty tired. However, I was displeased with the poor time management of the whole thing. Dr. Grand spent too much time answering participants’ questions, at the expense of shortening breaks, including our lunch time (on two out of three days), and having to trim back one, if not two, break-out practice sessions. I so value practicing treatment methods in order to truly learn and then apply them with clients. I felt a bit shorted by this missing out on some scheduled one-on-one practice time with other attendees.

I left the end of the training seventeen minutes past the time it was supposed to end, whilst Dr. Grand was beginning to answer “just” two more people’s questions. I privately informed the main training assistant that I needed to leave. I then logged off shortly afterwards, bothered at the lack of closure but tired and needing to get home.

At one point, on the third and final day, I had to ask Dr. Grand to show the steps of a certain technique after he had skipped doing so, opting instead to go right into a demonstration with a training participant. At least a few others besides myself were left confused with what the actual steps of the technique were. He’d had to skip showing us them because, again, Dr. Grand had taken too much time to answer questions. My and others’ particular query could have been naturally answered if he had stuck to the schedule.

Frankly, I think it’s a group/class facilitators’ and their assistants’ responsibility to set time limits and stick to them. Many people love to engage back and forth on and on, including asking questions and having them answered, and most certainly so with someone they highly admire. I think I take time management as a given in trainings because I guess I’ve been spoiled by instructors and their assistants almost always keeping to a set schedule, anticipating the difficulties of doing so, and effectively communicating with us course/training participants about time management challenges. Such effective communication includes actively involving participants in choosing how to proceed with a needed schedule change, and preferably not down to the very last minute when any choice/s then often end up feeling forced on participants. Time management is a crucial organizational component of a well-run class or training.

This training’s time management was sloppy and neglected, which, for me, was simply unprofessional and disrespectful to us participants. I will be commenting about this issue on the course evaluation form whenever I happen to receive one.

7 thoughts on “A Training I Attended Where Time Management Was Neglected

  1. Love the picture. I am so sorry you had to go through that. If it was me, I probably would have just shut down my computer and say to myself, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” Disrespectful, indeed!

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    1. Thank you for your kind, supportive words. I actually valued what I learned in the training and had shelled out good money for it last March, so it was a net positive, ultimately. I am reminded that not everyone who is brilliant, such as Dr. Grand, is necessarily a good teacher of their knowledge and skills. His teaching skills left a lot to be desired.

      The older I get, the rarer and briefer it is that I feel in awe of/star struck over anyone, no matter how brilliant they happen to be. Every human has their limitations and we all share the same bodily functions.

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  2. I can relate to your last paragraph and I’m pretty sure older than you, haha! I think aging is the great equalizer. We’re all in the same boat and dealing with the same challenges. Your last line says that so eloquently. That was quite a long time you had to wait for the class. You have a lot more patience than I do.

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