While week 2 was a shortened week because of the holiday, it was still jam packed and busy. I’m writing this on a Friday and this was my first day entering the office space at Launch Indy . The first two work days of this week I tagged along with Chris to do training with the TechPoint boot campers at Marian University . This was the first time I saw the training taught to college kids and it went a bit differently than the corporate training we had done with Experian.
We delivered the training in two groups: one in the morning and then another group in the afternoon session. I noticed different things about each group. Regardless of the group, the activities are much more important when you’re dealing with a shorter attention span. The morning group usually came in very lifeless and in a way unmotivated, whereas the afternoon group was more active and tended to speak up more. Also, I got my first shot at leading some of the training, particularly running a couple of the activities. While I am used to speaking in front of a group, it was slightly uncomfortable being in a teaching role because sometimes you must fight to gain the attention of the class. Also, there are times when the group had questions that I didn’t have the answer to, so I had to go back and ask for help from Chris.
Most people know that one of the biggest problems for men is to ask somebody else for help. This is something that I have slowly been getting better at. Then Thursday we went back to Experian to help train another group, this group was experienced with scrum and so the information went much smoother. For me this was now my fifth straight workday sitting through the same training with different groups. So I pretty much knew how the training was going to go and picked up on something new each day. This time at Experian the crowd was mostly all remote, so it was like talking through a TV all day but either way the training went according to plan.
At the outset of my internship I saw how long the training slides were and thought there would be no chance I would be able to learn all the materials but after five days I feel like I could be able to teach the training soon. After talking with Chris, the plan is to be able to help teach some of the material by the end of the summer. Personally, I look forward to this because it is a goal of mine to become comfortable in a teaching environment as opposed to a presentation.