I turned on the TV to watch the IPL match on April 24th post my training. True to form, the pre-match session started with a mention of the fact that it was Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday. It got me thinking about my favourite cricketer and how we can apply learning’s from his life and game to training. Sachin talks in detail about various aspects of his game and how he entered the sport in his autobiography ‘Playing it my way’. He mentions about his early days and how he was passionate about the game from a very young age. That is the first lesson that we can learn as trainers. Being passionate about what we do and believing in the value of ‘what we do’ is primary to achieving training effectiveness. We have seen that passion and drive work to several trainers’ advantage. I have been witness to its benefit in my own training last week. The belief that the training that I was to deliver was going to add value to the participants made me work harder and look for ways to improve the program.
Speak to any true cricket enthusiast and they will wax galore about Sachin’s famous straight drive. This shot has gone down in the annals of cricketing history as an example of a perfect shot. The ease with which Sachin plays this shot is testimony both to his cricketing and technical genius. But behind this shot lies hours of practice and hard work. The perfect shot result of practicing the same shot over and over again, day after day. Therein, lies the next learning for trainers. Perfection and mastery in training comes with practicing the same skill over and over again until it becomes second nature. What this means is practicing your training delivery a zillion times, looking and re-looking at your PPT and other material to ensure that it meets and exceeds expectations and going over the program multiple times in your head till the point you are totally satisfied.
Sachin also speaks about how ultimate success in the game can only be achieved by a perfect blend of aggression and initiative. This is a mindset that also works best for trainers. Trainers do best when they don a proactive approach to their training workshops. Trainers need to enter a training room thoroughly prepared for any eventuality or problem. The belief that they will be able to deliver a high impact workshop is also essential for training success. This is the closest that trainers can get to ‘offence is the best defence’ mindset that many cricketers have.
This week we focus on stories about people from diverse fields who have influenced your training style or inspired you? What are your learning’s from these individuals? How do you incorporate them into your own training? What are the other areas that you see having a bearing on the way one trains? These stories, we believe, could also change the way one looks at training and get many people to even start their training journeys.
This article has been written by Sunitha Seshadri. She is currently the Training Manager at Bodhih Training Solutions Pvt Ltd.