Ten survival tips for CPD training

Ten survival tips for CPD training

By Beth Pipe

In my first blog I talked about CPD Training Prisoners and, whether or not the SRA change their requirements regarding CPD points, there may well come a time that you find yourself on a training course wondering what on earth you’re doing there.  But training courses aren’t just about the training, so I’ve put together a few helpful guidelines to help make the day pass a little less painfully for all involved.

  • First up don't hold the trainer responsible – it is highly unlikely that it's their fault you've been sent along.  They're as much of an innocent victim in all this as you are.
  • Stop being mad and start thinking.  If you insist on spending the entire day in a petulant sulk then you really are unlikely to learn anything.  Seeing as this day away from the office is now inevitable, what can you do to make the most of it?  Reread the course content (or read it for the first time) and start to think about how it could possibly apply to your role.
  • Why are you viewing the training as a punishment?  Very few managers set out to punish people by maliciously booking them onto expensive training courses so, although they may not have properly briefed you they are, at least, investing in you.
  • Be honest with yourself.  Are you 100% certain that you know absolutely all there is to know about the given subject?  

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About the author:
Beth is a learning and development consultant with over 19 years experience working solely within HR and L&D. Beth has worked both in the UK and internationally with a number of high profile law firms including Trowers and Hamlins, Kingsley Napley, Bird & Bird and Shoosmiths.