It’s day 17 of our 30 Day Brainstorm Challenge – Trainers Helping Trainers
I just wrapped up the Design and Delivery Bootcamp, and my biggest take-away? We need to work more on reaching out for help.
This group of trainers all work for the same organization, and they are wonderful people. They had great ideas, and open minds. Not to mention they asked really good questions about content design and they genuinely wanted to learn how to do better by their organization. It was a week where ideas flowed! I went through flipchart paper like a mouse goes through cheese.
Then it happened. When asked about informal learning and how they progressed their own knowledge of the training industry, the room got silent. Except with the exception of those who are clear readers, and one who had a podcast addiction. The other 14, well… so question then becomes – why don’t we reach out more to help each other?
Is this a leadership issue? Do we forget to encourage learning for our own people? The people in my group all admitted they are update within the business industry, but not training. Why was training, half of the job, out of sight – out of mind? They knew they needed help, but why not search for help? Because they don’t know where to start? Because they don’t know how to ask? Because as leaders we haven’t recognized the signs of a person struggling? All of the above?
I don’t have the answer but perhaps it starts with “Trainers Helping Trainers”. Maybe it starts with those of us who have made it a practice to focus on learning curiosity and help those who haven’t found their way to making personal knowledge management a practice. Helping those who don’t have strong learning networks? Of course, we can’t just march into a business and start a search and rescue. This where leadership needs to provide coaching and mentoring to team members, encouraging people on their team to build knowledge blocks.
If you are reading this, odds are you are in the L&D field. Part of this challenge, for us all, is to brainstorm how we can move the training field forward. How to encourage our team, others and even ourselves to reach out more. When trainers help trainers, the whole industry improves. Your challenge, find a new person to connect with and bring someone on your team with you. Find a new person to follow on twitter, subscribe to a new blog, read a book together, as a group research something new in the field. It all starts with one new piece of knowledge at a time.
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See previous post: Day 15: Perseverance
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