There’s been lots of change, shift and transition for everyone in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At Animas, we made the decision to move all of our training to the virtual learning space on 12th March to prevent a ‘learning lockdown’ for our students, whilst keeping them and our team safe. It was a swift decision that required everyone to throw themselves into the challenge, none more so than the Animas training team.
I sat down with our Head of Training Marcus Stone to find out his personal experience of moving our coach training online. Marcus shares how he and his team are finding the Zoom platform to deliver training, feedback from the pioneering training groups, what his trainers feel about the transition now, as well as the opportunities that training in this way opens up to us.
Sam: So, Marcus, a lot has changed for us in the past couple of weeks, but particularly for you and your training team. Talk me through how this decision to move to virtual came about.
And what were your feelings about this transition once we made the decision?
That Friday was quite the chaotic day for you right?
And how was the feedback from the pioneering virtual training group?
I find the concept of doing the Presence module from afar so interesting, how did you find training Presence in a virtual space?
Have you found the room to be just as engaged and energised by different elements of the training that you tend to see in the in-person experience?
‘There were some really beautiful moments of connection throughout the whole weekend, especially in the break out rooms.’
‘I did the Presence module with Marcus & Todd. I was quite sceptical of doing ‘virtual presence’ even having prior experience of online zoom training, but I must say that it exceeded all expectations & I left feeling I’d got as much learning as I would have in person! I do miss the chitchat & networking in the break times, and the energy of being in the room, but there were some really beautiful moments of connection throughout the whole weekend, especially in the break out rooms. I no longer have any negativity towards doing the rest of my training online.’
“Honestly it was quite brilliant!”
‘It’s true to say I embarked on the virtual training last weekend with Matteo Trevisan with some trepidation. Not only was I unsure how it would work, it also felt like I would be deprived of the wonderful company of my fellow coaches in training – something I had so been looking forward to. But honestly it was quite brilliant! A very different experience in many ways, but the breakout rooms worked particularly well and we really did keep to time (since Matteo just brought us back into the main group when time was up!) In these changing times there are so many reasons to think about how we might do things differently. This was a learning opportunity in so many more ways than the course content alone. And of course a far smaller carbon footprint!’
“Really Energizing! Preferred it to the classroom Experience!”
I found it really energising and I preferred it to the classroom experience as it was so much more convenient. I felt we could still connect as people.I also thought that the format enabled more voices to be heard. And of course Matteo Trevisan bad music 🙂 & dancing on the breaks made me laugh!!!
And have you found the feedback from all of the different modules is pretty consistent?
That’s great to hear, I wasn’t initially sure how the trainers would feel about moving to virtual, but it seems they are just as energised as a lot of the students.
I feel a lot of the community are grateful that they still have the option to do their training, while staying safe. I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been wanting to give feedback because many of them at the start felt a sense of trepidation around the shift, but are feeding back about how blown away they’ve been by the experience, and that their concerns about training online have been allayed having completed their first virtual module.
Speaking of Zoom, how are you finding using it for the training delivery?
What sort of feedback have you been getting about the Zoom breakout rooms?
It seems the Zoom platform is great at replicating the in-person experience, and even does some things better. So what exciting possibilities does this approach to training and learning open up to us?
It presents so many exciting opportunities to grow our community and really connect all of the Animas change-makers, I can’t wait to see what the future holds! My last question for you Marcus is what would you say that you have learned about Animas or the Animas community during this transition?
That’s great. Is there anything you’d like to add Marcus?
Thanks so much for your time Marcus, I look forward to checking in with you again soon!
Are you considering becoming a coach and want to give virtual training a try?
If so, we now run our Introduction to Coaching days virtually and this is a great experiential opportunity for you to find out more about transformational coaching, Animas and the world of coaching. You’ll also get a real sense of how the virtual experience really works in practice. So why not book a spot on one of our free virtual introductory days?