Why Go To Training?

Our State Convention, which will be held the weekend of November 9-11 (formal business meeting on Saturday the 10th) is fast approaching.  You can still register--at a discount--here.

But much of our convention time will be consumed with training. Chris Doss, who works for the Leadership Institute as a Grassroots Coordinator/Trainer will be coming to work with us.  I promise that those who are taking part in the training will not be bored--and that social time in the evenings will be great fun, full of fantastic discussions with Chris, who I'm sure will participate.  We are paying his expenses--he is taking "comp time" from work to be here, as this isn't an "official" Leadership Institute event.

The question always comes up, though:  Why should I go to training?  After all, we're learning "on the job", aren't we?  Here are some answers to those questions:

  1. Sometimes we get burned by "on the job" training.  Learning what to watch for--or even explanations for *why* you got burned--in a formal setting, can help you to avoid some of those pitfalls.
  2. None of us--no matter how long we've been "at it"--have seen it all...and there's a pretty good chance that in the coming years, we'll see more.  Being prepared on a basic level helps us to understand and explain what's happening (or what's happened), and move more quickly to the next strategic and tactical levels.  
  3. Formal training helps us to be prepared for practical challenges.  You wouldn't want to go to a healthcare provider who didn't have at least some formal training for what they were going to do, would you?  I like for my doctors to know what a "normal" blood pressure, heart beat, or throat looks/sounds like, so they can identify potential problems, and know when things are A-OK.
  4. Football coaches and players watch game films--so they can see what their opponents might do, so they can see where their own strengths and weaknesses are, and so that they can get ideas for their own play in the future; why not do that in the political world, as well?  Learn from the compiled experiences of others through training!
  5. Shared knowledge and language.  Each of us has different experiences, but if hundreds of us from around the state eventually have a shared core understanding of the political system, we can speak the same language. There's a reason why family practice physicians and cardiologists and neurologists can at least exchange information and have a basic understanding of what the others are talking about--shared core language and knowledge of the way the human body works.  Our common training will give us a shared knowledge and language regarding the "body politic"!
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