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Many years ago, I had a conversation with my late Grandmother about her life and the things she had seen. She recall seeing her first Zeppelin airship and the day that first car came down the road she lived on as a child.

For a long time, I thought that she was the one who had seen most changes in her life but then I realised all the changes that I have seen in my lifetime. Here are a few of the things that I have witnessed

Televisions– when we had our first TV it was emorous a huge chunky apparatus with a small screen showing black and white programmes only. set away from the wall to allow easy access to the back od the set Frequently the vertical and horizontal holds would go and my poor father would spend ages fiddling the tiny controls to get it back.TV’s were so unreliable that the Television Engineer was a regular visitor to our homes. In fact, I believe that my parents actually rented the machine and so we could call upon the engineers when ever needed. With only 3 stations to choose from it was amazing how my sister and I would argue over what to watch at ‘children’s hour’.I  guess now this isn’t so much a problem in todays young families as their are plenty of TV’s around in the home.

Leap forward to today and TV sets are so thin that they hang on the wall with a multitude of stations to select from and with HD the pictures are clear and bright and as for breaking down -it is repair by replacement. Paradoxically as televisioms become thiner and slicker and offer many more options it seems that the quality of the programmes get worst

Changes in the training room

The training room has likewise seen its share of change -do you remember the Overhead Projector. I suspect languishing in a store cupboard in some training centres are collections of both the equipment itself and the transparencies that they used. The slow reveal of a OHP slide is a technique that I used when I first became a professional trainer now we wouldn’t think of using this although to many students this might seem to be novel approach since they haven’t seen it before.

However, one of the biggest changes is the manner in which we design and construct training. I have seen Trainers deliver the syllabus regarding of whether the audience needs it or not. Our role in training is to fill the gap between the skills that learners require to be competent in their role and their current level of knowledge.

Therefore, instead of starting a course with a list of everything that I will cover I begin by asking the question what do you already know about the topic and then discovering what gaps they have and concentrating on closing the gaps. You don’t go to a restaurant and order everything on the menu -you choose what you want. The difference is that the trainer’s role is to discern what your learning and development needs are and provide the content and information required.

What to know how to fill the knowledge and skill gap in learners -talk to me about my courses to enable you to do this. Why not book a free chat with me using