An Example where answering the first Q&A question, paid off

 In Environment, Q&A

“I am pleased to report that I asked the first question at the industry seminar today. It was a great result in that my message was memorable! At the end of the seminar I had three people walk up wanting my (business) card and to discuss further. I also had the presenter looking to me for further contribution during the discussion. Thanks for a fantastic suggestion.”

The above quotation was sent to me in an email from a manager I’ve been working with in a Delivering memorable messages programme.

The day before the above mentioned seminar I had challenged the manager to ask the first question at the Q&A stage of the seminar. He took on the challenge and went to the seminar ready to ask a question. Then he took the risk in actually asking the question.

I believe you’ll agree that we grow by taking prudent risks and by stepping outside of our comfort zone, into what I call the ‘learning zone’.

Your Call to action/How to apply for this post: In the next seven days determine what prudent risk you could take. (Asking a first question at Q&A is one option). Commit to a specific time to take the risk and enlist a workplace friend to check up on you after the time, to hold you accountable to your commitment.


p.s. I recently met with Chemene Sinson who operates Blackwater Projects http://www.blackwaterprojects.com.au/ ph: +61 (2) 9949 7544. Chemene impresses me with her energy and depth of insight. A description of her services follows:

I’m a learning and development consultant with a particular interest in training products that both look good and WORK. I am different from other L&D consultants in that I offer a ‘one stop shop’ for L&D-I both design and deliver training processes and materials. My training delivery experience informs my design and vice-versa.

I subscribe to the philosophy that when it comes to adult learning, ‘one size fits one.’ Therefore, flexibility is an essential component of my training. I am interested in the following types of jobs:
” Learning design consultant
” Facilitator-workshops covering presentation skills or advanced facilitation techniques
” Present or MC at conferences and special events.

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  • John Groarke

    Thanks Michael

    Clearly a great question was asked.

    Was a particular ‘construct’ for the question used?

    Cheers – John

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