I took a Leap and I liked it…
A year ago, I graduated from Leap and immediately emailed the 2016 COC Director to let him know that I wanted to get involved in the next year’s programme. This was an important goal for me in 2016 and I am so pleased to look back and realise that I did it.
Moving from delegate to trainer, I have managed to learn more about myself and others. I was able to reinforce some of the outcomes from the year before and realise some new ones. Last year, I was a Local Director in Southampton and this year I’m the Southampton Local President and over the past year the skills I gained during LEAP 2015 have come in handy during a very busy and challenging year.
Photo credit: Neal Stirk
From receiving advice to giving advice: I realised that I have a lot to offer to others and vice versa. One of the best moments was when I saw our ex Intern Ruthie, who took part in the academy, and realised how much she had gained and learnt by our side.
Taking me out of my comfort zone (again), I delivered two training sessions with advanced trainers (thanks for your patience guys!), led the icebreakers as well as a team exercise. This really was an experience like no other. Why? Because it feels incredibly good to share your knowledge and experience with others and see how different delegates learn from each other.
It is such a positive and empowering experience to be listened to for what you know and to be congratulated for what you’ve achieved, even when you didn’t realise how well you have done!
And finally, to see how our great delegates have changed across the weekend.
Don’t be scared to challenge yourself, it feels just good. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I can see my desire for training is also growing. This is definitely an outcome I didn’t see coming as it was not one of my main reasons for joining JCI. But it is definitely one that will make me stay(until I’m too old for the J in JCI ).
Want to know more about LEAP? I guess I will see you next year because what happens on LEAP stays on leap.
Célestine Onomo, a great trainer to be.
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This post was written by James Lambert