Thoughts on training expiry dates

ExpiredIf we don’t go for a run each week, our fitness starts to decrease and we put on weight. So we run.

If we don’t paint the fence, the wood starts to get damp and rot until it breaks. So we paint the fence.

If we don’t MOT the car each year, our confidence in its ability to get us safely from A to B declines. So we MOT the car.

Training and learning is exactly like keeping fit, painting the fence and maintaining the car.

If we don’t keep it up, the quality of the product (our health, the fence and the car) begins to decline. Its effectiveness decreases.

So why do we so often accept that once we’ve had the training, that’s it, we know it?

To stay at the top of our game we need to practice, refresh our skills and our knowledge – especially if we work in an ever evolving industry.

It’s for this reason that all training from Rich Public Speaking will henceforth come with an expiry date –  a date by which you need to renew, refresh or have practiced the skills that you have learned, or else their effectiveness will begin to decline and your initial investment in training will be…worthless.

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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