Today I had a seminar in a nearby city to get certification so I may grow within my current career choice. Now this specific certificate should have come with sort of sensitivity training as it can and may be a very sensitive issue for the people involved. We arrived on time, early in fact and took our places within the meeting room it was held in. Several participants came in late, okay whatever things can happen we will forgive this, lets not let it bug me and go on. These same participants continued to laugh, joke, and gossip the entire day! What is worse they were only across the aisle from me so you can imagine this was very distracting. The presenter even stopped a few times and asked if she had said something wrong, offending, or funny to these individuals. You think that would stop this behavior but no, it did not. Other participants had actually discussed with the presenter that they had to leave early so they asked if she could change her presentation to do the 2nd half first!? Who does that!? So the presentation goes on this way, some left early, some continued to socialize, until another participant mentioned she had a long drive home if the presentation could be sped along. I couldn’t believe it, she plowed through the material faster! English was this lady’s second language so it was already hard to follow her, she admitted her English was not very good! This was a small seminar there was only 10 people there including myself! It’s my understanding that most of the people there, were only there to renew their certificate and were already familiar with everything, so they didn’t care. This was my first time there, first time learning about this subject, no prior history whatsoever! My learning was hindered as a result of everyone there. I feel as though the presenter catered to everyone else except the one individual who came to learn something for THE FIRST TIME! She completely skipped over the basics and the how to, the know all. I am really knowledgeable about the company and the products but I am certified to do something I am not even trained or shown how to do. Oh did I mention this course cost my boss a full day’s pay for me as well as 150 bucks (can)! She plans to send me to another course in the future so I can actually learn something. What a complete waste.. I would have learned more from a google search.
Sorry to rant at you all but I’m so grumpy, I can’t think of anything else I want to talk about except how grumpy I am.