However, that didn't sour me on the importance of getting a variety of perspectives or new information for those who really wanted to learn and I used to tell my students about relevant workshops in our geographical area for many years. I finally gave up as it was depressing to see how rarely any of them would talk about attending such even when they were affordable and in our own city or relatively nearby. I heard many excuses [scheduling conflicts, financial cost, not having the time to get away from family or other commitments] but, in the end, it just didn't seem as if many cared to learn to the extent that it was worth the effort outside of coming to class with me.
It is also true that in later years I used to tell my students to avoid workshops until they had at least an intermediate understanding of their main discipline to avoid confusion. I guess it didn't help the confusion factor that I would sometimes suggest, conversely, that being confused can be a great way to stimulate growth if you use that stimulation to find answers!
I also recommended that they attend with a partner who would subsequently be interested in working on the material covered after the fact. It's pointless to pay attention to new material for a weekend unless you find something that you can work on afterwards with someone who can help you correct your efforts and vice-versa. This applies particularly to two-person training.
As to giving workshops as I did many times in a variety of cities as well as Ottawa ... such can be rewarding financially as well as exhausting in terms of travel and time away from family... they can be rewarding emotionally when you see at least a few members of the audience light-up when exposed to whatever quality you can bring to your teaching or it can suck the soul out of you when you realize that a room full of uniforms covered in badges and stretched over fat bellies just means that you will be casting pearls before swine.
Whoops, did I say that out-loud? :)
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