Somewhere in the history of the training profession we forgot that training and learning are about results. We got fuzzy from thinking too much about tracking and ROI, multimedia, games, web 2.0, social media, and other stuff that do not produce results. We became invested in the means and lost sight of the end. We used our energy propagating the stuff that essentially does not matter.
To put it another way, the medium is drowning out the message and the ultimate goal of our training efforts—results.
No one needs to make the case that results are what matter. We all know that it’s our job to transfer knowledge to our trainees. But it’s really easy to lose sight of it when we’re constantly bombarded with new directives and technology.
How do we get re-focused on results? Here are a few ideas:
Ray Jimenez is the Chief Learning Architect and Founder of Vignettes Learning and Vignettes for Training, Inc. He has over twenty years experience in the consulting and training industry. Ray is the author of "3-Minute e-Learning”, “Scenario-Based e-Learning”, “Do-It-Yourself eLearning, “Micro-Learning Impacts Report”, and soon to be released books on “Micro-Learning Worlds” and “Story-Based eLearning Design.” Contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.vignettestraining.com.