13 Scary Moments in L&D

Happy Halloween everyone! Learning and development can throw some scary things your way. I recruited the help of a few L&D professionals to come up with a list of 13 scary things you can face as a trainer.

  1. You designed your training for small round tables. They give you a room with one very long board table.
  2. Four words: Coffee spill – white shirt
  3. You forgot your Mr. Sketch markers, the office only has dry-erase!
  4. The projector blows a bulb, and the backup didn’t survive the flight.
  5. Half of your participants drank way too much at the open bar the night before training.
  6. Your co-facilitator is running 30 minutes late and has all of your materials
  7. Your urgent eLearning module started malfunctioning in the LMS and you have no idea why.
  8. The client wants high-quality video on a PowerPoint budget.
  9. The newbie breaks your most complicated Storyline interaction and doesn’t back up the original.
  10. Your co-facilitator loves to tie-in long stories about his kids and doesn’t care how behind schedule you get.
  11. “Broke up a fist fight in a new hire orientation” & “Teaching a leadership class at a mortgage company while the housing market crashed, seeing our CEO on TV in a breakroom across the hall telling the world everything was “fine.” “~@bjmtrainer
  12. Whether participants will like the lunch. ~ @ffjr1405
  13. Deadline approaches faster than I thought for delivery. ~ @DavidVincentDec

Here at Train Like A Champion, we wish you all a very happy hallows eve and hope you never face one of these scary fates. What is your scariest training story to fear? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “13 Scary Moments in L&D

  1. What a great (& accurate) list! My fear that actually happened was having no audio for a very video-heavy course. No one from IT could figure out the issue. Luckily I had transcripts of each video so I improvised & let the class participants practice their thespian skills! Happy Halloween!

  2. Great list! I recall a day when the overhead shut down just as I was launching my four hour New Hire Orientation, but the “show” always “must go on,” so I improvised (while at the same time dialed a tall co-worker) who showed up during my break and fixed the projector. Go team! I never let the “little” things negatively impact my ability to deliver! All good!

    • I feel like improv is such a necessary facilitation skill. We spend so much time tap dancing when things don’t go as planned. Good work with your solution!

  3. I once facilitated a workshop that was simultaneously interpreted in two different non-English languages. We could communicate with the interpreters as needed, but that also meant we needed to tune out the interpretation while speaking. At one point, matters got even more complicated when one of the interpreters informed us through our earphones that he was modifying our training content because he thought he had a message that would resonate better with the participants. Unfortunately, he was misstating some of our most important points. To make matters worse, we were stuck with him since we were training in a remote Central Asian training center. We asked him not to go rogue but had no way of knowing whether our intended message was being delivered. That experience was a little scary, but requisite evening vodka somewhat helped…

    • Mark, that story is hilarious! How fun is it when co-presenters go rogue (I know I’ve actually gone rogue a few times on my co-presenters)?? But how much more fun is it when someone goes rogue in a different language???

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.