"Never criticise a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins."

Over the last three weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to accompany Craig and watch him deliver several presentations.

It’s not something I would normally get the chance to do, so I found myself, like the delegates, quite excited at the prospect.

Now I realise I’m probably biased – quite rightly too, but I found each of the session I have attended very interesting and motivating.

Some of the stuff that Craig talks about I already know – we do actually ‘practice what we preach’ in terms of setting goals etc.  I’m a ‘creative visualiser’ which is how I help myself get to them. 

However, there were a couple of things I hadn’t fully appreciated.

Firstly, that laughter and learning are not mutually exclusive.  If anything I observed that delegates remain more engaged – even in the dreaded ‘after lunch slot’.

And secondly that sole traders can find it difficult to keep motivated and focussed when they work alone.  Even though they have their customers to work with and for, there is nothing quite like being able to discuss business with other businesses.

We’re lucky enough to be a team, albeit a small one and we’re able to discuss our ideas and concerns with each other.  Playing to our individual strengths, we each perform our own specialisms for the sake of our business.

The delegates on the courses that I observed gave an assortment of positive feedback which I would normally just read about on Course Evaluations and summarise on a quarterly basis.  To see it first hand sheds an entirely different light on it – for the better.

Do you fully appreciate what the person you work with does on a daily basis?  I’m not sure I did until now.