Reflection Paper

Now, it's time for you to reflect and write your thoughts on paper.

In this paper, address the following questions:

  • What were your main takeaways for you? What insights did you gain from taking this course?
  • How would you have rated your communication skill before taking this training (on a scale of 0-10)? How would you rate it now (just after taking this course)? How would you rate it 12 months from now? Why did you give yourself the score you did?
  • Which scenarios/examples provided the most learning for you where your answers before continuing with the video were quite different from the ways I mentioned you should approach? Why were these scenarios most impactful for you?
  • Please outline which core values you want to focus on improving over the next 6-12 months and why you've picked these. What will you do to make these concepts become fully internalized and become part of you?
  • Is there anything else you've learned from this course that was not outlined in the previous questions?
  • Once you answer the 5 questions above, attach your answers to the 10 scenarios/exercises as an appendix to your paper

These exercises are to help you reflect and better internalize the principles you've learned. Watching videos will only get you about 10% of the knowledge I am trying to pass on. Doing exercises will get you maybe about 50% of the knowledge, but writing things down and reflecting will get you maybe 80-90% of the knowledge. Then by proactively practicing and working on various communication skills, this knowledge will then be internalized over time. This means, even if you got 80-90% of the knowledge in your head if you don't actively practice, maybe only 20-30% of that knowledge your brain observed will become part of you. Even if at one point you had 80-90% of this knowledge, by then, your knowledge diminishes and you'll probably only remember 20-30% of the knowledge you once had.

Spend at least a few hours doing a thoughtful reflection and make sure points 1-5 above are no less than 3 pages of content. Make sure you add an appendix at the end also where you outline your answers to each of the scenarios/exercises presented after the core values were taught. This way, your single PDF contains your reflection paper as well as all the answers to the scenarios you've worked out.

Follow these additional tips

  1. Don't use font-size greater than 12pt for your answers.  Using large font-sizes for your answers make your report look unprofessional and as if a 10 year old kid put it together.
  2. If you were asked to send in your reflection paper, don't send a word doc file.  A word doc file may look broken when opened in the browser.  Instead, it's always best to send a PDF file unless you expect someone reviewing your attachment to easily modify the document (which is almost never).
  3. Use single spacing or 1.5 line spacing at most (unless you were asked to use other line spacing).  Professionals usually print and review materials.  We don't like to waste paper and would prefer seeing more information in a single page instead of having to review 2-3 pages to review content that should normally show up in a single page.
  4. Spend 5-10 minutes to review your paper before sending.  Put yourself in the shoes of the person reviewing your paper and make sure it's easy for them to review.  For example, is it easy to see all the questions you're answering?  Is it easy for them to know who the paper is from (especially if the person will be reviewing a lot of other reflection papers)?
  5. If a deadline was given, always honor the deadline.  Despite your best effort, if you can't meet the deadline, proactively email the person BEFORE THE DEADLINE, why you're late and when the person can expect a finished deadline.  If you make a new commitment, do whatever it takes to meet that commitment.