As a corporate trainer, you always need to be on your toes. Part of that includes staying informed and working on improving your skills. Here are five books to help you do just that!
Troubleshooting for Trainers by Sophie Oberstein
Telling Ain’t Training by Harold Stolovitch
Virtual Training Basics by Cindy Huggett
Confessions of a Corporate Trainer by Jonathan Halls
slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte
While not a comprehensive list, I think these books are a great starting point for anyone who wants to build their career as a corporate trainer.
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Joining a professional organization can be a very beneficial way to advance your career. Most professions have at least one and corporate training is no exception. Here are a few I have been involved with throughout my career that I think are worth checking out.
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If you are interviewing for learning and development jobs, there is a good chance you will be asked to give some kind of presentation. It is particularly likely if the position requires training delivery. This is usually one of the final stages if not the final stage of the process so you want to make sure to get it right.
There are a few key things to keep in mind as you prepare including:
- Picking a topic
I’ve been on both sides of the process and will give you some tips to help you prepare for your training presentation interview.
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Being a Corporate Trainer can be very exciting. The laughter, the applause, the adulation. At the same time, there is a very real chance of burnout in this role. What are the causes and what can you do about it?
The causes of burnout for a Corporate Trainer can include:
- Constantly Being “On”
- Difficult Participants
- Lack of Control
Some ways to overcome burnout for corporate trainers are to:
- Get Real (with your manager)
- Get Creative
- Get Involved
- Get Away
- Get Out
In my over twenty years of conducting training, I have experienced burnout on plenty of occasions. It can be overwhelming and sometimes I just wanted to quit. Luckily, I found several ways to understand and deal with it.
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If you like working with technology to create learning experiences then e-learning development might be just the thing you are looking for. In this article, I’ll give you a real world view on how to become an E-learning Developer based on my many years of experience.
For information on a variety of learning and development roles, check out I Want To Be in L&D: Getting Started in Learning and Development.
What is an E-Learning Developer?
In the strictest sense, an e-learning developer (or e-learning designer, or e-learning specialist) focuses on the creation of e-learning using a variety of software tools. They may also be responsible for the instructional design, but not necessarily. There are companies and projects where the e-learning developer is only doing that – the building/creating of the e-learning. i.e. someone else (an instructional designer) creates the outline, objectives, storyboards, etc… and then hands that over to the e-learning developer who then builds it in whatever tool.
I think it’s important to understand that being an e-learning developer isn’t necessarily the same as being an instructional designer. I mention this because I see people posting about wanting to get into “instructional design” when what they really want to do is focus on e-learning and building courses in something like Storyline or Captivate. There is nothing wrong with that (wanting to build and create in these and other software products). To be honest, my favorite part of an e-learning project is getting into the software and creating. So, if that is what you truly want to focus on and not worry about all of the pesky up front analysis stuff that an instructional designer does, then I’d be looking more at “e-learning developer” type jobs.
Having said that, my personal experience has been that I have had to do both the instructional design and the e-learning development when creating e-learning, even when my title wasn’t specifically “Instructional Designer”. As I mentioned in my ID Spotlight article, it gets really confusing as to what roles are responsible for what as there is a lot of cross over depending on where you work. These articles are a good starting place to figure out the kind of work you want to do. And then, rather than getting hung up on a particular job title, look at the job descriptions as you search and use that as your guide for whether or not you want to apply for that job.
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Are you a creative person who likes to help others learn? Do you enjoy working in a variety of tools while identifying potential training opportunities? Then a career as an instructional designer might be for you! In this article, I will share my tips and tricks on how to become an instructional designer based on my 20+ years of corporate experience.
For an overview of several Learning and Development positions, check out I Want To Be in L&D: Getting Started in Learning and Development.
What is an Instructional Designer?
When you think about a training class or a job aid or an e-learning course, they didn’t just appear magically out of thin air. Someone had to design and build them. That person is (typically) an instructional designer. I realize that is a pretty simplistic way to explain it and I’ll go into more detail as we move along. At the most basic level, though, that is what an instructional designer is. They are the person who designs the instruction.
For the purposes of this article, I am going to focus on jobs where the main responsibility is instructional design. Throughout most of my career, I held positions where I did a lot of instructional design but I also did other things like facilitate classes and/or administer the Learning Management System. I will spotlight those types of positions in a separate article, though.
Also, a lot of the cool kids are calling themselves “Learning Experience Designer” or “LXD” nowadays. I have also seen “Learning Designer”. Those are basically the same as what I will be describing here. I do like those titles and think they probably more aptly describe the role but, most job postings and companies that I’ve seen still use the “old school” term.
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