Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 15

FRONT OF THE ROOM
Brian Lange

Lessons from
My Painter
There are no
short-cuts, and we
should strive to go
the extra mile.
As we know: "There are
no traffic jams on the
extra mile"
- Roger Staubach

I

decided on a new paint colorfor my home
office, and I secured the services of a fine
local painting company. On the day work
was to begin, I was introduced to the painter,
Eleazar, and le him to ply his cra.
When I returned 90 minutes later, I was a bit
startled at what I observed. Rather than getting
what I thought would be an early peek into how
the new room color was going to look, I
discovered Eleazar still meticulously taping
plastic around window jams, trim and flooring.
e experience spurred some thinking and
reflection on my part and - not surprisingly -
caused me to draw some parallels with our
work as trainers.
While easy to think of "painting" as the act
of applying paint via a brush or roller, it's really
more involved than that and requires a lot of
preparation. Likewise, speaking in front of an
audience is more than that act, and it too
requires plenty of preparation.
As Eleazar was going about the necessary
steps to pave the way to the eventual painting,
he got an up-close and personal perspective on
how the painting was going to go. He saw the
tight areas, noted the potential danger spots
and became very familiar with the surface. For
us, as we begin laying out a speaking
opportunity and begin to envision it through
the eyes of our audience members, we too
become more familiar with how the actual
"speaking" will go.
I also noted that much of Eleazar's
preparation took place outside of others' sight.
He was doing the prep work that was going to
ensure a smooth job outside of his supervisor
or customer's line of sight. e behind-thescenes nature of training necessitates us doing

much prep work that our audiences may not be
aware of, but can surely notice by the
"effortless" result of a well-designed and
exceptionally delivered session.
Once Eleazar began painting, he was ready!
I'm willing to bet that his careful preparation
made for a smooth delivery of that paint, and
he was less likely to encounter surprises or
obstacles that could have slowed his progress.
e more thoroughly we prepare for our own
speaking deliveries, the more likely we'll have
identified possible pitfalls ahead of time, and
can implement fixes - before we even
encounter a challenge. is helps us to be fully
engaged when we get to the actual speaking.
Ultimately, Eleazar reminded me about
having the intention to set yourself up for
success ... and that it's oen not pretty or
greeted with much fanfare to put in the work
ahead of time to produce a great outcome. In
the end, nothing substitutes deliberateness,
thoroughness and laser-like focus on the
desired outcome. ■

Brian Lange, blange@perim.com, is with Perim Consulting and serves as lead facilitator for LTEN PrimeTime! For
Trainers Core and Masters Workshops. Find blogs, tweets and more at Perim.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Focus Magazine - Fall 2017

LTEN Focus on Training Magazine
From the President: Reducing Scrap Learning
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Training Effectiveness vs. Performance Management
Directions: Fall Behind?
Front of the Room: Lessons from My Painter
Otsuka: Reinventing the National Meeting
Two Steps to Openings that Give Control
Building and Engaging Workforces with R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Change Agility: A Winning Capability at All Levels
Revolutionize Your Coaching Action Plans
Gamification, Game-Based Learning & Rep Engagement
Lateral Thinking
Virtual How: The Evolution of Learning Engagement
Ad Index
Focus Contacts
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Intro
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - LTEN Focus on Training Magazine
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Cover2
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 3
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 4
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - From the President: Reducing Scrap Learning
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 6
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Table of Contents
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 8
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Table of Contents
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 10
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Guest Editor: Training Effectiveness vs. Performance Management
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 12
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Directions: Fall Behind?
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 14
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Front of the Room: Lessons from My Painter
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 16
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Otsuka: Reinventing the National Meeting
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 18
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 19
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 20
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 21
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Two Steps to Openings that Give Control
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Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 25
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Building and Engaging Workforces with R-E-S-P-E-C-T
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Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Change Agility: A Winning Capability at All Levels
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Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 35
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Revolutionize Your Coaching Action Plans
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Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 39
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Gamification, Game-Based Learning & Rep Engagement
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Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 43
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Lateral Thinking
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Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - 48
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Virtual How: The Evolution of Learning Engagement
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Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Ad Index
Focus Magazine - Fall 2017 - Focus Contacts
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