I have never been to Romania before. Which is already an interesting fact, given that I am Hungarian and it is a country just right next to us. What is even more interesting, is that I grew up on the eastern part of our country, just a stone-throw away from Romania, and still, no visiting yet.
However now a new experience has just been added to my list. After delivering trainings in the past years in Western Europe, Asia, Africa and in Hungary, now I had the opportunity to have one in Bucharest as well.
Bucharest is so close to us geographically, so close to what we are, yet there were also various things I needed to pay attention to as a trainer while working there.
It was somehow soothing having the sessions with people who are from more or less the same culture, cultural background. Even though they are from a different country, they understood mine and I understood theirs. We had a common understanding, common jokes, common platform for the concepts of the training. After experiencing the really big cultural differences in Myanmar for example, this was a big advantage in ensuring that the training goal is met. All the attendees were really nice and cooperative, even if some of them needed more time to open up – but this was about the personalities and not about the country or culture in this case.
Something new that I encountered with during this delivery was the age and generation difference. In a room full of attendees there were some who were over sixty and at the same time some of them were in their early twenties. This creates a really challenging situation for a trainer.
Making sure that all people from all generations understand in the same depth what I am talking about and at the same time no one gets bored – this is something that needed to be kept as one of the focus areas of that particular session.
What serves as an evidence for me that this focus area was met, is that some of the participants came over to me directly at the end of the second day. They wanted to let me know in person that they enjoyed the session a lot and also, how much they learned and how much it helped them to see what they need to change in their lives, in their ways of working.
I truly believe that these are those moments, for which it is absolutely worth doing the trainer work. When I can see that I can add something to their lives, I can help them realise their own need for change for the better – this is priceless!
When people – regardless of their age, generation, job, religion, culture – start to think at least a bit differently after a training and they change at least one or two tiny things in their everyday lives, my personal goal with these sessions is met in a hundred percent.
Starting a change can sometimes be seen as the most difficult thing in the world – however, if I can make it a bit easier for some people at least, it is all worth it, completely.¤