A question at breakfast
I don't know about any of you but I am not used to deep and enquiring questions so soon after leaping out of bed. The questions only start really flowing into my thoughts when I am on the bike, cycling as fast as I can to work.
But when they do turn up, like they did today, it is wonderful.
Today before even a good morning I was greeted by my client with "I have a question: What do conductors need to know?"
This was followed shortly after with "No, I mean: what must they know?"
I was lost for words, again
What should I say? Should I list all the subjects that I had touched on in my training? Or rather should I list all the training I had done before I became a conductor. Or perhaps mention all the books that I have read and all people who I have spoken too. Does being a teacher help, or in the case of some conductors, does being a Mum or a Dad help?
Are any of these essential to being a conductor? Whatever they are, they are far too abstract to be a good answer for the person setting the question this morning.
I suggested that we should start a list of things that we think are essential qualities.
I started my list with "Conductors need to know how to be flexible and know patience, love and inspiration". (These I certainly needed today, in buckets).
We got a bit distracted for the rest of the day while I was dishing out the buckets-full of conductor essentials, from both my own list and my client's, but the paper and pencil will be on the table again tomorrow at breakfast, to be continued.
What do we need to know?
How about hearing other conductor-client suggestions for the "what a conductor needs to know" list!