People often remark on my enthusiasm and energy when I train. I used to ponder these comments to try to learn from them. (What were people really saying?) I finally realized that they were telling me something very simple: My excitement about the subject and its possibilities ignited their own personal energy. When people are energized, they function better. They feel better. And they learn and participate better.
As a trainer, presenter or facilitator, joy goes a long way in making you the best you can be. Your joy excites your participants. Their energy rises to meet yours, and the training room (or conference room, or whatever space you have) lights up. Work gets done.
But what if your enthusiasm has taken a hit? How can you regain a sense of joy about facilitating, giving a presentation, or training a group?
These five practical steps will help.
1. Create a list of 20 positive aspects about the subject. Your brain may balk at doing this, but you’ll be forced to see the subject in a new way. Its “newness” will stimulate you in unexpected ways.
2. Do something physical. When your blood pumps aerobically, it seems to wash away your “blaahs.” Don’t wait-you can take a walk right now.
3. Visualize yourself being enthusiastic. Take a moment to close your eyes. See yourself as you would from the outside, feeling fantastic and emanating positive energy. Seeing yourself this way can kick-start your acting this way.
4. Smile. Research has shown that when you smile, even if that smile doesn’t come easily, your brain chemistry changes. Try smiling and feeling joyful, even if it is difficult. You’ll be surprised how it “ups” your mood.
5. Get excited about the success of those around you. When you express authentic enthusiasm about what others are doing, your own mood improves. You start feeling excited about what you’re doing, too.
Remember this quote from Anat Baniel the next time you feel your joy taking a dive:
“Lack of enthusiasm can be learned and can become a habit. Enthusiasm is such a necessary part of human life that when we lose it, or we simply lack the skills to generate it, we not only drain ourselves, but also become a drain on others. The vitality and magic of life vanishes.”
Keep the vitality and magic of life as you train, facilitate or present. It will be your gift not only to others, but to yourself.
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Guila Muir is the premiere trainer of trainers, facilitators, and presenters on the West Coast of the United States. Since 1994, she has helped thousands of professionals improve their training, facilitation, and presentation skills. Find out how she can help transform you from a boring expert to a great trainer: http://www.guilamuir.com/courses/train-the-trainer/train-the-trainer-and-presentation-skills/.