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How Mistakes Can Make You a Better Trainer

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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How Mistakes Can Make You a Better Trainer

You’ve been tasked to capture the significant moment.

When the CEO goes onto the stage to launch her company’s new logo.

You waited eagerly.

At the signal of your colleague, you prepared your camera.

She stepped up. You snapped.

The crowd went wild.

You looked down to review the shot.

Your heart stopped.

Because of one mistake. You failed to capture the moment.

And you are sweating because you have no idea what to tell your boss.

Probably less dramatic, but you get the idea nonetheless.

We’ve all been in similar situation. Because the settings weren’t correct, it caused us to miss the moment we’ve wanted to capture.

Because of mistakes amateur photographers, like myself, would make. Which is why cameras have preset settings.

In fact, that’s why you have photographers who create customized settings for anyone who desire to replicate a specific type of look for their photographs.

Decision errors

It turns out, Lidwell, Holden, and Butler categorize mistakes like these as decision errors. This is usually due to stress, decision biases, and overconfidence.

In their words:

Mistakes are caused by conscious mental processes, and frequently result from stress or decision-making biases.

We are especially likely to make decision errors when dealing with something new.

Using mistakes in course design

A good instructor know the mistakes that rookies make.

A great instructor would recognize these mistakes and do something about it.

Here’s what you can do.

Trace back to the time when you were starting out.

Compile a list of mistakes that you’ve made.

Further, add to this list, the mistakes others have made.

Then adopt Understanding by Design as the framework to develop the content. That way, they not only achieve their learning objectives. They are also equipped to avoid those very mistakes you made.

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.