How would you feel if your Request for Services was responded to with PUSH BACK?
I recall the late Joe Harless on the stage at a 1985 NSPI (now ISPI) Conference.
He was complaining about how some in attendance – and in general – were offering advice to others about saying “no” or pushing back on clients’ requests for training.
He said – something to the effect of – and in his own whiny voice …
“And when your client asks you for help in developing some training, do not, repeat, do not say (in a whiny voice)
“Are you sure it’s a training problem!?!”
“Yes – I can help you – and I can help you even more
if we can do a little analysis first!”
That was his reply, his advice, to the client and to all of the assembled. At least that’s my cognitive recall so many years later – and we should all appreciate what that means.
He went on to say things to the effect that saying “no” would start off the relationship/effort poorly.
That saying yes started one on the right path in the relationship.
Here’s Joe’s article about this – in NSPI’s (now ISPI’s) PIJ back in 1985 – here.
I think anything that can feel like PUSH BACK starts the relationship off on the wrong foot, so to speak.
I have detailed my Request Intake Process and my Interview Guide in a new mini-book, published in March 2022.
And one on Instructional Analysis.
See all of my books on my Amazon Authors Page – here.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t be cooperative – and help the client come to a logical business decision based on Data – Analysis Data.