Archive for January, 2008

by Ghie

Flexible Wooden Doll

Most of us are, in one way or another, involved with trainings. I just want to share some insights I got from Sean Mcpheat of Training Manager Success on being flexible with our approaches during trainings.

It’s a good job that all people are different. Just ask my training team! I’d love to see the look on their faces if another 20 people like me turned up! I’d drive them to drink! (On second thoughts a few of them might like that!)

As trainers it is our job to get the best out of people on every course that we run. Everyone needs to get the benefits out of the session and thus we must appreciate that all people are different and all of them will have different learning styles and preferences.

We need to keep the “Loud Mouths” in check yet keep them contributing in an empowering way and we also have to appreciate the quieter types who would rather pull their toe nails out rather than answer any question in front of the group! Then there are the delegates who are more practical, hands on people. There will be the reflectors who will need to make sense of it all, there will be those who want pictures and diagrams and then there will be those that will want a lecture! It is our jobs as trainers to quickly establish the preferences of the group and then be flexible enough to adopt different approaches. (more…)


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This post is part of the Youth Connection, a collection of articles sent as a follow-up to GYMN trainings. You can use these posts in your youth ministry. At the end of the article are questions for you to reflect on or for your youth leadership team to discuss.


Journeys are incredible things in life. They can be scary and they can be exciting. They can be fun or disastrous. They can end well or we can get lost along the way. Many times the out­comes of a journey are determined by having good directions. I can recall many times in life when I was heading somewhere based on “directions” from someone only to find out they were not very clear, so I had to stop in my current location of my jour­ney and seek advice. This time of year in the life of a youth leader is a great time to pause for a while and evalu­ate our journey. These thoughts that I am sharing are sim­ple, yet profound guidelines to use along the way…they are our road signs. (more…)

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The Trainers’ Training is where new trainers are certified, current trainers recommit for another year and our training curriculum is discussed along with the other things we do during GYMN trainings like counseling and mentoring. We also use this opportunity to recognize those trainers who have been faithfully serving God through the trainings that we do.The Trainers’ Training is three days in length, as participants are given a chance to: (more…)

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