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Chrm Message From: bill Total Posts: 34 Join Date: 18/09/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 17/04/2008 09:27:10 Points: 170 Location: New Zealand


Training programs - Can it change one's life? Can it change attitudes one has carried for a minimum of 22 years? Training programs are conducted for this very reason...

But, does it happen in reality? All of us have been in some training program for 'Personality-Development', 'Leadership', 'Motivation'...etc.. Those days of training seem like total bliss..away from work, playing games, having fun...learning, unlearning, relearning..but, when you go back to the 'real world' how much can one apply?. We have follow up sessions for the very reason of reminding the participants about the workshop, distribute paperwork, give easy to follow tips...each trainer has a strategy on his own....

BUT, When you go back home, when you go back to work, when you touch base with reality, does it all make sense? Is one able to recollect and remember any of the matter talked about?

More than just opinions, i would like to read about some experiences that any of you have had where things have gone well or on the contrary gone bad after a training workshop...can be a learning experience for me...



Chrm Message From: prakash_chintamani Total Posts: 18 Join Date: 18/09/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 17/04/2008 09:31:47 Points: 90 Location: New Zealand

Hello bill,

I understand your concern about the impact of training. My reaction is that the majority of training that is offered is the conventional type where the trainer shares his knowledge of different concepts through a beautiful designed presentation and different forms of outbound programme, etc. I see most of these inputs as externally provided rather than internally generated in which case the trainee does not own the experience hence cannot hold it longer than a span of time. A child that touches a hot stove and gets his/her hand burnt need not be reminded not get close to stove when it is lit. Can the trainer provide an environment where the trainee will learn through experiencing the pain and joy of their behaviour and it is experience that brings about lasting change. I am a trainer by profession and my methodology is the experiential learning method and this is followed with a counseling lab spread over a period of time (say six months) or till such a time the trainee internalises the new or changed behaviour. In short, yes training causes change depending on the methodology, the trainer and the trainee.