I recently returned to the land of conducting a public class. Yep, I still love it!top

Last week, I trained on how to increase learning and engagement leveraging Sharon Bowman’s Training From the BACK of the Room.  I know this is not my appreciation post of the month but there are things I just need to highlight:

    • This class is non-stop in terms of tools (exercises) that you experience. I won’t even pretend that I was not nervous about getting them all right and the timing. The irony is not lost on me that as I headed into the last 10 mins of the class, the realization that I did it swept over me with a grin from ear to ear…only to then forget the very final step. Luckily a learner called my attention too it and I could conduct the failure bow and high five.
    • IMG_7403In that moment of grinning from ear to ear, the exercise turned to me for an appreciation. Now I fully expect to get emotional when I share about really personal vulnerable information (such as my journey into leadership). I did not expect to get emotional about this class. Yet, there I was about to speak and the tears were forming. I have had plenty of “I love what I do” grateful moments but I guess it never dulls. I get to make a difference for people and that’s just freaking awesome!!!
    • floorMy colleagues are amazing. This class has a materials list that makes a person’s head spin. It was absolutely amazing that not a single thing was missed or incorrect.  Angie and Carol, you rock! In addition, I attempted an exercise to highlight my own personal “issues” with the word expert: a standing survey with one side “new to agile” and the other side “agile expert”. I never stand on the expert side. I hate the word expert and I personally just feel uncomfortable with the seeming expression of indicating I know all there is to know. Low and behold my teammates have the same thing, they stood in the middle too.  I smiled and was immediately proud to be with people that get me!


I did a WOW chart at the end to find out what people were amazed by within the course. The results were not shocking. However, no matter how many times I get the same amazing result, the feeling of being proud to be sharing this is just as high.

Now I’m just left considering when and where do I give this learning opportunity again because there absolutely will be a next time! 


Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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