By Pete Kent
This morning the members of the team who hadn't yet met their work placement were asked to do so. All members returned to the office in the afternoon reported that they liked where they were due to start work and were feeling excited to get started next Monday. Hours were agreed between myself and Sasha of Family Mosaic to be from 10am till 4pm, Monday to Friday with the possibility that they may change slightly. Tasks I'd be undertaking would be general admin duties such as file organising and computer work. I was also informed that the company are hoping to launch a newsletter which I may have the opportunity to contribute to.
The afternoon began with the group members being asked to come to the front of the room and either read out of say from memory their 30 second snapshots written on Monday. In only three days a huge change was noticed by the team leaders and group members in themselves and others. Each person who read from the front of room - a very daunting place to be at the best of times - appeared to be much more confident than they had the first time round and a large number of snapshots had been rewritten or added to significantly. In contrast to the beginning of the week, readers had a much more prominent presence and posture and appeared to be enjoying themselves as they told the room who they were. Some members also had the confidence to stand in front of the room and give their speech without any prompts or notes (I could include myself here, but that was more due to forgetting to bring my notepad rather than personal choice) and were so well projected that they could have been speaking to a room of 30 or more people rather than the mere 14 in attendance.
Following the speeches we were introduced to the four stages of learning: Unconscious incompetence (not knowing that we are unable), Conscious incompetence (knowing that we are unable), Conscious competence (knowing that we are able) and Unconscious competence (automatically doing something without having to think about it). These four stages were compared by a team leader to the task of learning to drive with the room agreeing that the second stage of this list would be the most awkward or uncomfortable stage to be at at any given time or situation.
The next subject on the agenda was anxiety, something which everybody in the room agreed to have and continue to experience. Members were asked to share their methods of relieving their anxiety with a large variety being shared such as going for a walk, napping, meditation, thinking positively and seeking out a distraction such as reading or listening to music. Also mentioned was the popular word that is catastrophising - the act of thinking of the worst case scenario when feeling anxious along with what may happen if one takes on a task whilst feeling anxious or worried.
We then studied charisma and what it meant as well as famous people who were considered to be charismatic despite some of them having admitted to being shy or of a nervous disposition. Unfortunately we were only able to touch the surface of positivity before time ran out, but we were left with an interesting quote on one of the final slides: Positive behaviour attracts positive behaviour.
I think we can all agree with this.