John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

Well, this week has been a humbling and, let's face it, somewhat humiliating experience. I spent the last four days sitting in on a training class that had all of my students from last week in it, and every time the instructor for this week's class asked them a question about what I damn well know I told them about last week, they'd look at him as though they'd never heard of it. He'd ask them a question that they should have known, because I know that I had hammered on it time and again last week, and they'd look at him with blank stares. He'd point blank ask them if they had done something, and they'd look at him as if it were the first time they'd heard of it. Hell, there was a guy in this week's class that didn't even take last week's class, and he knew more than the people I had trained last week.

I can't for the life of me explain it. I feel as though either I didn't do what I was supposed to do, or that I'm so crappy at what I do that I should seriously consider doing something else for a living. I mean, it's not as though I was lying to them, and I know damned well that when I walked out of the classroom last Friday, they knew this stuff. How could they have forgotten everything?

I mean, it's easy to make excuses: I'm new with this material; I had to cut it back severely in order to meet my client's standard for number of Powerpoint slides to cover in a day; it was too much material to cover in a week, particularly given that I spent a day giving a half-assed overview of what they were going to spend all week this week doing; etc. etc. Even so, I feel as though more of the material should have sunk in than apparently did with this crowd.

I'm going to have to figure out what went wrong. Any thoughts?

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