It’s been very busy at Creed over the last two weeks as we adjust to the new world of home working during the coronavirus situation.
I had a day of training scheduled last Wednesday amidst client campaigns and requests. I was very tempted to cancel – it would have been the easy option, freeing up some much-needed time. Also, I wasn’t sure how effective it would be via screen share – would I miss out on something by not doing it face to face and getting the chance to get to know other people doing the course?
But I had been looking forward to it for a while and I wouldn’t be able to do the same course again for 3 months. It would be directly beneficial for a project I’m managing right now, so I decided to go ahead with it.
The joining instructions were clear and simple, and I logged in a couple of minutes before it started. The swiftness of the correspondence to set up the training somehow convinced me that uptake was low, and I might even be the only one on it. But 18 people were already online when I logged in.
The training was split into 4 sections throughout the day, the timekeeping exemplary. The training had originally been planned to take place in London, meaning a 14-hour round trip and a 5am alarm. The transport costs would have run to hundreds of pounds. But instead, I was taking part from the comfort of my dining room.
The training itself was fantastic – eight-pages-of-notes good. It was expertly delivered, with good contributions and questions from the other participants. Doing it remotely seemed to enable much tighter timekeeping as everyone was aware of the clock in the corner of the screen.
The convenience made it even better. If I wanted a brew, I could turn the volume up and pop to the kitchen briefly. The lack of travelling time meant I was much sharper and could jump onto emails in my breaks between sessions. Definitely a day well spent.
Coronavirus has placed unprecedented restrictions on our lives in just a couple of weeks. But it does give us more time and space to do things that we previously didn’t get around to: the opportunity to learn more about the world, our industry and develop our skills to be better equipped for meeting the challenges of the post-pandemic economy.
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