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Coach’s Playbook: ‘Twas the Night. . .

coachs-playbook_EMAIL_greenIn honor of the holiday season, please enjoy this riff on a holiday classic: T’was the Night Before Christmas… with a training twist.

‘Twas the Night Before Cert Test

‘Twas the night before cert test,
And all through the web,
The learners were praying,
Content stayed in their heads.

Most were quite sleepy,
But none touched their beds,
While visions of certificates
Danced in their heads.

While in my house,
I had been pacing
Dreading the cert
I soon would be facing.

My spouse was speechless,
My nose in my books,
And comments to me
Drew unfriendly looks.

Surrounded by notes
And paper all crumpled,
My eyes bloodshot,
While cert terms I mumbled.

I drained all the coffee
And brewed a new pot,
No longer caring
That my nerves were so shot.

I stared at my notes,
But my thoughts were all muddy
My eyes went a blur,
I just couldn’t study.

When all of a sudden,
Our door opened wide,
And Patron Saint Put-It-Off
Ambled inside.

His spirit was careless,
His manner was mellow,
He looked at the mess
And started to bellow:

“Why should us students
Make such a fuss
About what those trainers
Toss out to us?”

“On brain dumps! On CliffsNotes!
On last year’s exams!
On wing it and sling it,
And last minute crams!”

But I with my Nuggets
Would need no such thing
With CBT by my side,
I could confidently sing,

“On Jeremy, on Keith,
On Anthony, Shawn Powers,
On James, and Scott Morris,
And Garth Schulte too!”

“On Jim, and Chris Ward,
On Ben Finkel, and Brian,
On Steves (Caseley and Richards),
And Glen Stephens too!”

With trainers like these
How could I fail?
I committed and learned all;
This cert I would nail!

My message now clear,
All doubt vanished from sight,
And I heard myself laughing
All through the night.

“Be committed, work hard,
And practice; do your best
Happy Certs to all,
And to all, a good test!”

Happy Holidays from the CBT Nuggets Coaching Team!

*Special thanks to Dr. Steve at Humor Matters for the inspiration behind our poem!


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