When I’m training I’m often inclined to impress upon course participants that the learning that takes place is throughout the course. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve urged aspiring trainers to remember that the course is not about the destination but about the journey. We need to give attention to the things that are happening along the way and learn from what we notice, discover or rediscover as we move through the event. Reaching the end may well be a relief, we may enjoy some form of certification or recognition of the completion but the learning has occurred as we travel along.
Well, I will continue to be a journeyer – at least when it comes to my own learning. Indeed, I invariably learn as much as the course participants as we travel together through a course.
Today, I checked in online for my next piece of travel. Nothing terribly unusual, at least not for me, although this represents a new country to add to my list of visits.
I was, though, struck by the fact that it is easy to present travels as some form of justification or evidence of the value of the work I’m doing. ‘What is it that you do, Andrew?’ May be the question. The answer is not ‘I’m going to Kigali.’ Nor is my boarding pass evidence that I am doing something worthwhile or important.
To keep telling donors and supporters that we are travelling again is akin to the office worker that is always seen walking around with a piece of paper in his hand. Plenty of activity but, perhaps, not much return on the investment in the training work we do.
So, yes, another trip is about to get under way. This time the plane will take me to Kigali to meet with others who are also journeyers in training. We try to meet annually to plan, share ideas and offer advance notice of training that we will be offering so that others can help, take part, send participants and even help to fund the events.
It’s not about the journey – it is about the destination.