Yesterday, I spoke about Avadhanam – The Art of Concentration. Today I am sharing some lessons from an Ashthavadhanam that can be used in daily life in general, and in L&D in particular. You will still have to watch, understand and appreciate the performing art to truly make sense of these ideas.
However, some of these may still resonate with you:
- Anyone can tackle serious and meaningful questions. It takes someone special to encourage, entertain and respectfully respond to even silly questions and still add value for all learners.
- Silence is OK. Thoughtful responses are valuable. Take your time responding to a question. Quality of the answer matters more than the speed.
- Let others have the last word in conversations and discussions.
- Always talk people up, never down – not even as a joke. Goodwill between you and the participant matters a lot.
- Be extremely well-read. Do not hesitate to quote from books, movies, and other sources of knowledge.
- Do not hesitate to share in-depth stories as supporting material to make a point. Find the right balance between keeping it relevant and exploring connected topics.
- Build a knowledge base of ALL the arts, and know something about most major topics (like engineering, sports, etc). Not necessarily relevant to L&D, but it makes life in general richer and filled with a wide variety of experiences. For an Avadhani, it is a mandatory requirement.
- Good-natured humour is an essential ingredient in any discourse, no matter how serious or erudite. When a position of prominence stick to self-deprecating jokes
Chasing knowledge for the sake of knowledge,