Peter Ambrose is the Managing Director and Market Executive of Merrill Lynch and, as a seasoned leader, professional development delivery is just one of his many talents.
Delivering professional development differs from engaging in it personally. It’s a difficult task that makes many great leaders feel unsure or out of their depths.
Those with experience delivering professional development, like Peter Ambrose Merrill Lynch, often use approaches like those below to help engage their teams and conquer the challenge:
- Deliver professional development with facilitation in mind. You don’t need to know everything to facilitate – this allows for humility and helps you relax into the role.
Give your audience what they need to improve. Invite experts to speak alongside you so that yours is not the only voice and provide development plans. This encourages your team to learn more than if you were to bypass the facilitator role and take on that of a traditional professor.
- Plan and Prepare. The more you plan, the better prepared you will be. Treat professional development delivery like public speaking or university schooling. Plan what you will say and teach. You need to know how you will structure learning, how to articulate your thoughts and how to transition between topics.
Allow for three hours of planning and preparation for each hour of lessons.
- Hand Over the Reins. Professional development is for adults, and though you are there to teach, you must also hand over the reins. When you give adults choices and chances to reflect, they listen more to what you are saying.
Consider speaking with an experienced professional like Merrill Lynch’s Peter Ambrose about mentorship to guide you through your first professional development delivery.