How was the session?
Well, first of all, he read his materials to us.
Yeah—and secondly, he read it poorly.
Right—but thirdly, it wasn't worth reading.
This scenario would be humorous if it were not so realistic. Unfortunately, though, it seems that every trainer, every meeting planner, every chairperson—indeed, every‐ body—has witnessed such an incident at one time or another.
Like its first two editions, this revised book is written primarily for our newer training colleagues. Like its predecessor, it is intended to be a practical "how to" manual. While this book is addressed to the new trainer, the more experienced trainer will also find its contents useful as a review and refresher. Although not specifically addressed to the academic market, it has been used extensively in college and university classes as a reference source for both undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource development.
Both authors have conducted numerous "Train-the-Trainer" programs across the country. Because these sessions have been learning experiences for us, we have tried to transform those experiences onto these pages. It is our intent that the lessons we have learned with—and from—our colleagues might be reflected and related in these chapters.
The material in this publication has been field-tested in hundreds of training programs, and the many suggestions and ideas of trainees and trainers have been incorporated in this revision. Regardless of your experiences (or lack thereof!) in human resource development, you'll find dozens of real-world examples that will work for you. Whether your training responsibilities are in the areas of technical training. skills, sales, management, organizational development, or dozens of other relevant disciplines, this book offers you workable and pragmatic tips and techniques to add to your "trainer's tool kit."
If you are a new trainer, you'll find this book a self-development guide. The contents are arranged in a step-by-step process so that you can indeed "learn by doing."
The chapters are arranged to correspond to the actual approach and sequences a trainer would develop in designing a training program. Use the tips offered to assist you in designing, developing, and delivering your own program.