I. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.:
I've got the feedback that I'm enthusiastic and very much alive when teaching and that the examples I use from my everyday life is of high value. Thus, I use this deliberately in my workshops.
I've learned that groups can be very different and in some groups, there is not the initial trust necessary for the participants to share personal stories. Thus, it's important that I bring examples they can work with as an alternative to sharing their personal stories.
I've also got the feedback that when one participant is taking up more space than the rest of the group members in a way that doesn't contribute to the growth and learning, participants experience impatience and unease. Thus, I've learned to prioritize the needs of the whole group in a way that still cares for the single member. This is an act of balance that I'm still finding challenging.
J. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?:
To set the frame more distinctly. Example: If someone brings in something that's not NVC and he wants to include it, be more sharp in telling what we are here for. Thus risking the approval of this person.
To be more conscious about the fact that every participant has the responsibility for themselves and not acting on my urge to save them.
K. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.:
What comes first to my mind was the group assessment in March. These three days of intimate NVC community around the assessment of 6 of us was outstanding. For me much more than an assessment; it was an initiation that's left me different from the person I was: More honest and authentic, more courageous in the way I show up.
In the practice group I co-facilitate with another trainer, we had a disagreement on how to lead an excercise. The situation was painful as I didn't manage myself but spoke out loud in front of the group. The beautyful part of it was the process that followed after the group was over. The 2 of us went through a true reconciliation process that has lead to a closer friendship and more trust in the way we co-operate.