‘Making a difference’
This is a much used phrase but it really is what I strive for. Of course, like everyone I have to pay the bills and at times have done work that then sat on the shelf and was never referred to again by the people who commissioned it! The fact that I had helped someone (or an organisation) tick a box used to really bother me, “all that hard work”, but more to the point “people shared stuff with me for that, gave their time…”
However, as a trainer I quickly learned that you can’t control what people do with what you offer them. Moreover, I shouldn’t be able to control that – it is for each person to decide what, if anything, they do with what has been shared.
My part is to ensure that what I offer is well thought out, well presented, accessible, informative and that other people’s contributions are properly acknowledged and referenced. This is the approach that I apply to all my work. In doing this I have managed to ‘let go’ of the frustration when a report or piece of training appears to ‘go nowhere’.
I have delivered on my part of the bargain and have had the pleasant surprise of hearing on occasion that a person has been on a course I ran or at a conference where I gave a talk and were ‘inspired’ or ‘provoked into thinking differently’.