Out of the first 4 days of this week, I have spent 3 days in training. The training programs I attended are High Impact Presentations and Business Etiquettes & Communications. I have not attended any training programs for the last couple of years or so. Therefore, I was looking forward to these training programs to be a welcome break from the routine. This week, so far, has passed off in a breeze (naturally, when you dont have to do the desk work). You also use training as a ploy to return home early.
When I was attending these training programs, I realised that many things the trainers told were already known to me. It was only the question of putting things into practice. Have you also got the same kind of feeling when you undergo soft skills training programs? Having said that, I should acknowledge the fact that few things I learnt/realised during these training programs are power posture while delivering the presentation, power of my voice, gestures, eye contact and dining manners etc., When you do mock presentations and get positive feedback, your confidence level improves manifold. After the High Impact presentation training, the next couple of days, I have been conscious in using the techniques and tools in my day to day life.
As far as the soft skills programs are concerned, I think what it does is to reinforce the basic concepts in some form or the other. That, over a period of time, makes a positive change in the person.