Thanksgiving for Trainers
It’s that time of year—Thanksgiving! Typically, this is the time of year when we reflect back on what we’re thankful for. While I am certainly thankful for many things, I thought I would provide a more personal reflection on some of the things I’m thankful for as a corporate trainer.
First, and most importantly, I’m thankful to be employed in a position I truly love. The economy continues to struggle to rebound, and I know far too many people who are out of work. I have frequently expressed thanks to my employer, CAI, for continuing to provide me with work. My job enables me to pay my bills and to lead a life that I enjoy. Moreover, it’s not just a job—it’s a very rewarding career. I am continually learning and helping others to learn skills and knowledge that will help them in their own careers.
Second, I’m thankful for technology. Technology continues to change at a remarkable pace. Thanks to that unending change, I stay employed. I stay on top of changes to technology (to the best of my ability), which helps me to offer the best courses to program participants. In addition to providing training on new technologies, I am also able to use some of the latest technologies to deliver training. There are countless examples of this; however, I will mention one in particular. I recently purchased an iPad. Initially, I was looking for an eBook reader, yet I have been able to use my iPad to store nearly all of my course content (e.g., books, PDF files, etc.) on a slim, portable device. I no longer carry around huge binders and books to my classes. I love using the device in class for review activities, and I can’t accidentally grab the wrong binder before a class!
Finally, I’m thankful for all of the participants in my corporate training programs. Without participants, I wouldn’t have all that much to do! Whether they’re in the classroom with me or virtually on the Web, the participants add the most to the learning experience—and to my own career. Unlike most of my friends and colleagues, I get immediate feedback for the work I do. The responses and reactions of the participants in my classes are more rewarding to me than what I get at the traditional annual review. I know that I’m far from perfect, and I honestly relish the constructive criticism I receive from those participants. In the end, I know that it makes me a better trainer—and a better person!