We passed!

Bernard, Sutum and I are now DDI certified trainers!

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(L-R) Me, Bernard, Mike, Sutum, Lucia

One day soon we'll be facilitating management classes for our fellow Sun managers. Although I'm certified I'm still a little nervous about teaching a class but they say I'll become more and more comfortable as I get real classroom experience.

I'm very grateful to our coach, Master Trainer Mike Andrew, who not only took us through the certification process but also gave us wisdom like:
- Treat issues coldly and people warmly.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. (Okay, not his original content but it means a lot coming from him.)
- The most important skill for a trainer, and for a manager, is listening.

I'm also grateful to Lucia Yip, who works in Sun's training organization. She recognized something in Bernard, Sutum and me that made her think we'd be good trainers. It was something I hadn't even recognized myself but I think she's right, or at least I can say for sure that so far I love training.

Comments:

I think Lucia recognized in you what a lot of us see-- an openness and willingness to share, coupled with a passion for what you do. Oh yeah, and you do it well too! You can train me anytime.

Posted by Sue Weber on July 11, 2008 at 06:09 AM CST #

Congratulations! that's great. I love hearing that you're so excited about training. I bet your employees like your enthusiasm too.

most importantly though - cute blazer! :)

Posted by christin on July 11, 2008 at 02:24 PM CST #

Congrats! Are you going to teach any classes in Broomfield? I'll need to sign up for certain!!

Or, wait, maybe I can get travel approved to China? right during the Olympics? HA - NOT!

Posted by Barb on July 14, 2008 at 03:32 PM CST #

Congrats!
I quite agree with Christin - I am always impressed by your enthusiasm not only for work but also for life, for people...
Hope I could listen for your training some day \^_\^

Posted by Kelly on July 15, 2008 at 06:22 AM CST #

Isn't that blazer cute, Christin? $40 at Marshall's, I just love that store.

Thank you all for your votes of confidence. I'll post after I teach my first real class and let you know how I did.

Posted by melanie gao on July 23, 2008 at 09:04 AM CST #

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