I have a motorcycle and my partner Carol and I enjoy riding it together, with me as driver and her as a passenger. Carol had owned and ridden motorcycles some 25+ years ago but, other than as a passenger she had not ridden since then.
Recently Carol decided she’d like to ride on her own again. She found and purchased a bike that suited her. Then, being the wiser of the two of us in this couple, rather than just getting on and riding again as I would have done, she enrolled in a motorcycle course.
I’ve been riding motorcycles for more than 40 years, since I was…well, a long time anyway. I was confident that such a course would not offer me anything.
After Carol completed the course and qualified to have “MC put in her license (Congratulations Carol), I asked her about what was covered and what tips she’d picked up. I was surprised by how many of concepts, techniques and tips covered in the course I had forgotten and hadn’t use in a long time. I definitely would benefit from the course, even after my many years of riding.
This supports my contention that the best training focuses on the basics, as do the workshops we offer, as well as advanced techniques. It also shows that even those who a great deal of training will benefit from a review of the basics.
In the letter which accompanied her certificate for completing the course, the company which provided the training suggested, “Please consider taking the Rider refresher course, offered each Spring to hone your riding skills after having not ridden for a while. We also offer Advanced Rider Training to further develop our skills.” While recognizing the marketing value in this, I can also see where such courses would be very worthwhile.
No doubt many proposal professionals could benefit greatly from a yearly “tune up” and from advanced level proposal training.