23rd October 2015 @ 16:50
Over the years I have experienced many people being inspired by other people whom are running courses and workshops, which I love, since I believe it is always good to be inspired and to act on it if it’s a part of your Dharma (and you of course respect copyright of content and concept).
Unfortunately I have seen and heard of too many cases where people have underestimated what was required to create and run a good professional course/workshop, so that’s why I have decided to write a bit about that. It won’t be the full picture but consider it as an inspiration :)
Running a course or a workshop – especially with a focus on personal and spiritual development – demands so much more from you than you can possibly imaging. Giving a lecture and webinar is so much easier, because as a lecturer you are not supposed to get involved in the listeners’ private lives and personal energies during the lecture and webinar. All you have to do is to inspire and pass on information. But you are for sure going to be involved in the participants during a spiritual course and workshop. Therefore, a high level of human and spiritual insight as well as personal balance and strength are needed (so keep working on this), when running a spiritual or personal development course with a good result.
From the outside it may look as if the instructor/course facilitator has the easiest job in the whole world if everything runs smoothly but there is so much more to running a course than just running it. Even if the participants are excited about the course during the day, it is the instructor’s responsibility to make sure that everything is working fine both on the stage and behind the stage during the course and also after the course. Not just regarding food and refreshments during the day, but with regards to the participants’ personal balance, their expectations for the day as well as how they are supposed and expected to react after the course.
But most important of all, as an instructor/facilitator you have to embrace the course and workshop participants with all their potential and not many people can embrace other people fully without getting affected by their energies. So here follows the second challenge: You have to be able to balance your own energies in all situations, when you are in the middle of the eye of the storm and running the course or the workshop, because you never know what will occur during the day, when the focus is on personal and spiritual development. All kinds of things can happen.
There are of course more things to be aware of when running a course and a workshop, which I will not elaborate on here. All I want to do is to make sure you understand that planning a course is one thing and running the course is something quite different. Running a course involves so many more aspects than just mediating a message and making sure people feel happy and get something to eat and drink :) :) :)
So prepare yourself by making sure you have the knowledge in all areas for this very big challenge before getting deeply involved in other people’s lives through running a course and a workshop in the personal and spiritual development area, since you will be making an extraordinary impact on other people’s lives good or bad. If you “just” want to inspire them, then give a lecture instead.