Fortunately, Training For Dummies offers all the nuts andbolts of training for anyone who has to educate others on anysubject and in any field. It covers all the modern, interactiveinstructional methods and dynamic training approaches available andhelps you get trainees inspired, involved, and enthused.Training For Dummies will help you:Keep it interesting so trainees learn more eagerlyMaster the jargon of trainingUse audio and visual aids effectivelyPrepare for the training certification processEvaluate your results and improve your tactics
Elaine Biech, President and Managing Principal of EbbAssociates, Inc., and known as “the trainer’strainer” shows you all the tips and tricks of the trade.Based on her long experience as a trainer and her work for clientssuch as the IRS and many Fortune 500 companies, Biech helps youdiscover:Tips, techniques, and tidbits for enhancing your trainingsessionsMethods that improve trainee participationAlternatives to the traditional lecture methodTactics for gauging and managing group dynamicsStrategies for addressing problems in the classroomHints for understanding and adapting to different learningstylesHelpful resources and other extra material you can put toimmediate use
No matter what you do for a living, there will probably come atime when you have to teach others what you know. Training ForDummies cuts through the complicated jargon to present thebasics of teaching and learning in straightforward, plain Englishso you can share your specialized knowledge with those who needit.
Staying ahead of change in the world, your organization, and your profession requires action. You learned a lot to launch your organization’s talent development effort. As you position it for the future, what you need to know grows exponentially.
As futurist Ray Kurzweil once said, “If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion.” How do you prepare for exponential growth?
In ATD’s Action Guide to Talent Development: A Practical Approach to Building Organizational Success, industry expert and bestselling author Elaine Biech lays out the steps you can take. The companion volume to ATD’s Foundations of Talent Development: Launching, Leveraging, and Leading Your Organization’s TD Effort, this book follows an eight-step framework for defining your organization’s learning foundation through preparing for the future. You are your organization’s trusted advisor, and Biech offers practical questions, organizational assessments, and tips for each step you must guide your organization through. She also presents the newest thinking from university educators and researchers that organizational experts have relied on for years, as well as from industry practitioners and luminaries in leadership and development.
Open this book to any page. Jump in where you think it will be most beneficial to you or your organization. Whether you work inside a company or as an external consultant, whether you work for a large organization or a small one, whether you are launching your first talent development effort or fine-tuning a function that’s been in action for decades—you are sure to find valuable concepts, designs, and ideas. Get started now. Take action.
Table of Contents:
I. Identify and Clarify the Organization’s Learning Foundation
1. Your Organization’s Learning Culture
2. Leaders Champion Learning
3. Employees Value Lifelong Learning
4. Everyone has a Learning Mindset
5. Clarifying Your Organization’s Readiness
II. Develop a Talent Development Strategy
6. Build a Business Case for Learning
7. Enhance Your Organizational and Industry Savvy
8. Expand Talent Development’s Role
9. Partner with Business to Become Trusted Advisors
III. Create an Operating Plan:
10. Align TD to the Organization’s Needs
11. Manage the TD Function Like a Business
12. Balance Services and Budget
13. Leverage Technology for Learning
IV. Reinforce an Organizational Talent Development Mindset
14. Evolving Your Organization’s Learning Culture
15. How Your Organization Learns to Perform
16. Managers Develop their Employees
17. Employees are Accountable for Their Development
18. Talent Development Professionals are Consultants
V. Design and Deliver Learning
19. Stay on the Cutting Edge of Contemporary Design and Delivery
20. Select the Most Effective Formal Learning
21. Support Learning from Others
22. Encourage Learning On-the-Job
23. Explore Other Services Provided by TD Professionals
VI. Fortify the Learning
24. Empower Employees to Learn
25. Enable Social Learning
26. Coach Managers
27. Foster Persistent Self-Learning
28. Develop Your TD Staff
VII. Define and Measure the Impact
29. Demonstrate Organizational Impact of TD
30. Identify Evaluation Methods
31. Start a Meaningful Evaluation Process
32. Plan for the Future of Evaluation
VIII. Prepare for the Future
33. The Workplace of the Future
34. The Workforce of the Future
35. Talent Development Future Trends
36. Guiding Your Organization’s Future
Appendix A. Worksheets and Checklists
Appendix B Contributor Bios
Your Talent Development Atlas
If you’ve been directing your organization’s talent development effort during the last few years, you might think you’re on a journey without a map. There are few published resources to guide you in a challenge that many experts promise will only become more urgent, and necessary, in the coming years.
Elaine Biech, a legendary leader in training and development, understands the road ahead and has partnered with ATD to present a new book that will point the way—ATD’s Foundations of Talent Development: Launching, Leveraging, and Leading Your Organization's TD Effort.
Biech imbues this comprehensive volume with the energy and passion she has manifested in a career spanning more than three decades. In her hands, you have a trusted adviser who provides guidance, leadership, and direction to your organization. Biech painstakingly guides you over 36 chapters—taking you from developing your talent development strategy, creating an operating plan, and reinforcing your organization’s talent development mindset, through design and delivery, measurement and evaluation, and preparing for the future. No matter where you are in your development, you will be able to pick up this book and select chapters that describe how you can help your organization. What’s more, Biech has included a new customized model to assist you. Plus, she’s invited dozens of her friends and colleagues to contribute—well-known authors, ATD subject matter experts, and icons in the field—to present a cross-section of voices and approaches in the field.
In 2018, ATD celebrates its 75th anniversary by delivering ATD’s Foundations of Talent Development, its first published reference to the profession it leads and supports. Think of this book as your professional atlas.
Training and Development For Dummies gives you the toolsyou need to develop a strong and effective training and developmentprogram. Covering the latest in talent development, thisinformative guide addresses classroom, virtual, and blendedlearning to open up your options and help you design the programthat's right for your company. You'll explore the different modesof formal learning, including social learning, m-learning, andMOOCs, and delve into the benefits and implementation ofself-directed and informal learning. The discussion coversmentoring and coaching, rotational and stretch assignments, and howto align talent development with the company's needs. You'll learnhow to assess employee skills, design and deliver training, andevaluate each step of the process to achieve the goals of both theemployee and the organization.
Most employees have some weaknesses in their skill sets. Arobust training program allows you to strengthen those skills, anda development program brings all employees up to the highestpossible level of productivity and success. This book helps youcreate consistency in your company by developing and delivering theexact training and development program your people need.Develop a strong training and development programFoster a supportive and innovative work environmentLearn about social learning, m-learning, and MOOCsAssess and evaluate your staff more effectively
A great training and development program boosts performance,productivity, job satisfaction, and quality of services, whilereducing costs and supervision. Investing in your employees givesan excellent ROI, as talent development is a primary driver behindboth motivation and loyalty. Training and Development ForDummies shows you how to reap these benefits, with step by stepguidance and essential expert insight.
Elaine Biech, one of the most highly regarded names in talent development, has set out to identify the perfect blend of content mastery and audience insight. The result is this highly informative book.The Art and Science of Training presents the science for learning and development, but it also emphasizes that training success lies in knowing what to do when things don't go as planned.
Discover how top facilitators always put learners first, even when faced with exceptions to the rule—the unwilling learner, the uninformed supervisor, the inappropriate delivery medium, or the unmanageable performance challenge. And learn why you must understand people, not only content, to ensure consistently exceptional learning experiences.
Science is both a body of knowledge and a process. Art is the expression of creativity and imagination. Where they intersect is the best way to help others learn and grow.
If you need to deliver a train the trainer workshop, you'll appreciate the organization of this book: from checklists for planning and preparing for the training session; to detailed, step-by-step instructions for learning activities that cover adult learning theory, assessment, training design and delivery, and evaluation; to participant handouts and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations that are ready for you to pick up and use immediately. All the materials you need are also made available on the included CD-ROM to make getting organized for your session fast and easy.
Although the bulk of the book presents a complete three-day train-the-trainer workshop that covers all the phases of training, you will also find 19 single-topic presentation designs that range from 30 minutes to two hours. These allow you to target training for specific circumstances, for example, if you are training subject matter experts to train or enhancing trainer skills in a single topic area.
101 More Ways to Make Training Active brings together arich, comprehensive collection of training strategies andactivities into one easy source. Designed for quick navigation,this useful guide is packed with classroom-ready ideas and twenty"how-to" lists to enliven any learning situation, helping youbetter engage their trainees and encourage active participation.These techniques are applicable to almost any topic and learningobjective, and provide guidance on every aspect of Active Trainingdesign and delivery. Each strategy includes recommendations forlength of time, number of participants, and other conditionalfactors, plus a case study that illustrates the strategy in action.Coverage includes topics like communication, change management,coaching, feedback, conflict, diversity, customer service, andmore, providing a complete reference for facilitating activetraining sessions.
Active Training requires the participants to do most of thework. They use their brains, and apply what they've learned. Theenvironment is fast-paced, fun, supportive, and personallyengaging, and encourages participants to figure things out forthemselves. This book contains specific, practical strategies forbringing this environment to any training session.Learn new strategies for stimulating active discussionInspire creativity, innovation, and collaborationTeach better decision making, leadership, andself-managementMake lectures active to encourage more participation
Active training makes training sessions more enjoyable, and asparticipants invest themselves more heavily into the material,outcomes begin to improve dramatically. This dynamic atmospheredoesn't happen by accident; the activities and the course itselfmust be designed and delivered in a way that encourages activeparticipation. In 101 More Ways to Make Training Active, youget a toolkit of creative, challenging, and fun ways to make ithappen.
Whether you're a middle- or upper-level manager, or a workplace learning or human-resource professional, 10 Steps to Successful Training can provide you with options for enhancing the learning environment in your organization. Boost your success as a trainer and help others learn more effectively by investing in this essential guidebook today.