Trainers - the shape of things to come

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The cover story by Dave Zielinski in the January issue of Training Magazine explores what is required of trainers in this new century.

"Wanted: World-class multitasker and plate-spinner with proven track record of project management. Must be able to generalize and specialize simultaneously and seamlessly. Ability to recruit, lead, and go ego-to-ego with sometimes superior talent on technology-delivered learning and consulting project teams made up of internal SMEs and external contractors, keeping the whole unwieldy bunch on brutally tight deadlines. Consult credibly with line managers on performance challenges across functional boundaries; understand the difference between profit and cash.

Some experience with authoring, Web-based design, HTML important—in fact, second only to skill at identifying and cultivating affordable cutting-edge expertise in the independent contractor ranks. Should be able to differentiate between metadata and the rock group Megadeath, as well as between reusable learning objects and recyclable flip chart paper.

Must have ability to construct cost-efficient “hybrid” learning models by deftly mixing and matching strengths of the classroom with synchronous or asynchronous Web-delivered learning, Webcasting, electronic job aids, knowledge databases, CD-ROM and the like.

Background in instructional-systems design and experience in classroom training nice, but not necessary. Air- traffic controllers, EMTs and film directors seeking radical career change encouraged to apply. Those hoping to burn some time before retirement by teaching generic communications or supervisory skills in the classroom encouraged to forget about it."

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