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Message 6 of 6: Jan Brause on 26/10/2012
Hi Peter et al

I have personally avoided the term 'Trainer' since becoming self employed 10 years ago. It seems to hold the message of something 'being done' to others. Whereas I see development and learning as much more of an engaging and collaborative approach to adding value for the individuals and the organisation - even skills based learning.

Whilst some might consider it just semantics, the point is, it really does have impact on expectations for organisations and for participants.

I recently had a request direct from my website to quote price for the delivery of a one day workshop. When I attempted to enquire about the all important context for this piece of work, I was met with firstly no response and then a further request to simply supply what had been asked for - I didn't.

I tend to steer away from this sort of work as my view is that we need to collaborate with the organisation to design (or at least understand the context for a piece of work) before commiting to delivery. In that way we start to model in learning and developement as opposed to simply 'rocking up' to deliver something that may well have little or short term impact for the business.

I guess for me when I see 'Trainer', I associate it with someone who 'does to' as in 'I will train you' where as Learning & Development is about collaborating to generate a learning and development outcome together.

We can all churn out materials/models to 'give' to participants but in my mind the true professionals are those who can help the participants engage and connect with them at different levels in order to change their behaviour and be different in their work.

The ability to do this comes from a sound knowledge and skill base, experience, work on self, developing our own self-awareness as practitioners and modelling in the sort of relationships we want our clients/participants to have with each other.

I will step down from my 'soap box' now!


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