Ugh. That’s what we think every time we’re exposed to learning experiences that are boring. As instructional designers and training professionals, we try to make it our mission to rid the world of boring learning experiences.
About Brian Washburn, CEO & Co-Founder, Endurance Learning
In 2011, Training Magazine pronounced me a “top young trainer”. In 2015, the Association for Talent Development even spotlighted this blog! Both of those forms of recognition were pretty darn cool. But what I really find fascinating is seeing the moment when someone in my workshop “gets it” for the first time – it’s like watching a light turn on.
My journey into the world of learning and development is pretty typical. If you have 96 seconds, this little cartoon will explain it in more detail:
I’ve facilitated workshops and engaging in instructional design and training development for about 17 years – beginning with my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer and continuing through my current work as Global Training and Development Manager with SightLife.
In my previous life (as a college student and young professional), I also spent time as the mascot for both The George Washington University as well as for the (now defunct) Washington Wart Hogs professional indoor soccer team.
Throughout all of this, I keep coming back to the idea that people who present, people who train, people who are responsible for the learning of others should go “all out” when they are preparing. I really see it as a responsibility for presenters to put significant effort into their preparation and planning so that they can engage and dazzle – basically, so they can “train like a champion”.
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