I’ll admit it: When it comes to teaching, classroom programs are my favorite. Classroom education is more personal and more responsive — it allows the instructor’s personality and knowledge to interact with students’ specific needs. By gauging an assessing the impact of a lesson, the instructor is able to connect with students and guide them toward meaningful and successful results.
Daily Mindflash contributor David Kelly, the director of training for Carver Federal Savings Bank and author of the blog Misadventures in Learning, will be fielding questions from readers about his most recent article, "Why People Hate Training, and How to Overcome It," via Twitter this Wednesday, March 7, beginning at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST).
"It's not that people don't like what you do; it's just that nobody likes training. Nobody. You do an excellent job, but still... people hate training."
Training magazine recently released its annual list of the top 125 companies that embrace employee training, and by glancing over some statistics about those organizations, a few trends start to emerge.
One of the great debates within the learning professional circle right now is whether subject-matters experts (SMEs) can be used as effective trainers. SMEs, which can come from anywhere — including within your very-own organization — are just people who happen to have an area of special expertise, whether that's sales, using the computer system, or making coffee. In my experience, I've found that most trainers tend to believe that since these so-called "SME"s lack formal teaching skills of a trainer, they can't do the job as effectively.
One of my former jobs was as a CFO for a struggling wholesale distribution business. The company had once had a great reputation and solid products, but by the time I got there, it badly needed a boost.
After several years on life support, the American economy is starting to show stirrings of life. But it's clear that even if unemployment numbers are dropping, we aren't soon likely to return to our parents' economy (or our grandparents', for that matter).
Almost all of us have been stuck in a training class at some point with a bad trainer. So, to help spare the world from these mind-meltingly lame training sessions, I've compiled a list of the seven worst habits bad trainers exhibit — many of which were suggested over Twitter — and offered simple and practical remedies.
In spite of what your parents told you, you are not great at everything. Nobody is. But each of us is great at something. This is critical information. Because the more we know what our “thing” is — the more we know our unique abilities — the better we can identify our inner “expert.”