When people talk about someone or something being “real” or “authentic” it is usually done in a positive or complimentary tone.
It should come as no surprise that in a wide variety of industries such as the airlines, search and rescue, firefighting, and of course, healthcare – a successful result is often the difference between life and death. Each of them, and many others, require realistic practice experiences to achieve that successful result.
An increasing number of programs, products and scenarios are being developed to add sights, sounds, smells or other distractions to help suspend disbelief during simulated scenarios.
These essential elements encourage a stronger sense of presence when performing under pressure in “what you see is what you get” and “it doesn’t get more real than this” opportunities to practice fighting fires, landing planes, and saving lives.
The more realistic and authentic we can make the simulation, the more successful results we can achieve.
We all benefit from individuals and teams practicing to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons to achieve a successful result.