Garry Platt is an experienced training consultant . He has worked with a number of international organisations helping them to enhance their approach to training and development. Examples of some of the organisations he has worked with in 2012 are outlined here; Siemens, Fenman, Formica, Mauritius Employers Federation, Wabtec, TaTa Motors, McCains, Princess Tuna, Babcock, Brush Traction.
Academically qualified to Masters Degree level in Education, Training and Development his work draws upon current research and study in Human Resource Development combined with a pragmatic and practical approach to application in the workplace. He is a featured monthly writer in Training Journal the UK’s premier published magazine focussing on HR trends and issues. He is also a writer for TrainingZone the UK’s principal web site covering current and topical HRD issues. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and exhibitions because of his humorous and engaging style.
His approach to training is experiential and interactive with the main aim of allowing participants to experience and work with the materials and concepts being taught. Death by PowerPoint does not take place during his events and he holds true to the old saying that ‘the mind can only take in what the posterior can endure’.
My discussion replies
They usually work it out for themselves eventually.
Business Focus - Recognising the ultimate purpose of training is to enhance the performance of the business.
Broad Vision - Thinking beyond just developmental event/s and creating a framework that supports and ensures transfer of learning into work place performance.
Performance Gap Analysis - Differentiating between a performance gap predicated on an absence of knowledge and skill and a performance gap driven by other none trainable issues.
Learner Focus - Determining what is the best way for the learner to acquire the necessary knowledge and skill and not what is the preferred method of delivery.
Cut The *** - Identifying what works and what doesn't, separating facts from fiction. Demanding evidence, data and proof that assertions, models or methods are actually supported by measured, tracked outcomes, not wishful thinking or anecdote.
That's my 5, at least for today.
I might add that the responses were collected mostly from across various groups in LinkedIn.
Russ - I've just downloaded this on my Kindle, it's excellent, thanks!
That's my Sunday completely wrecked!!!
Liv – I have to say I don’t experience or recognise as entirely true a lot of what you have written here.
I am not familiar with the research, evidence or facts that support the assertion that ‘students or audiences do not seem to engage anymore?’ I presume this might be a personal opinion or experience you’re expressing here?
I don’t agree with the claim that ‘Death by PowerPoint is a widely acknowledged cause of death now’ is it? PowerPoint is a tool, and if it’s used badly or inappropriately it will be a barrier to learning, but that doesn’t make PowerPoint bad it just means the user or operator isn’t using it appropriately.
‘Why are people not interested or engaged when a presentation gets set up, and how do we change that view?’ Well again, that might be your experience but I can only assume the users who making the presentations are not employing some basic rules and following some essential guidelines. Perhaps they might read Garr Reynold’s books and materials on Presentation Zen? http://www.presentationzen.com/
You only have to watch some TED talks which frequently employ PowerPoint or an equivalent to see that some of the observation you have made in your opening statement simply aren’t true. Here’s just one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y
Child related but still pertinent: http://lakeviewmontessorischool.com/files/documents/Resources/Better%20L...
Rus - This is possible using Excel and it would be possible to strip out the Excel look so that it appears like a blank questionnaire.
My own view is that this forum has never just been about questions, since I joined 16+ years ago this part of Trainingzone has been about sharing ideas, links interesting RELATED observations. I wouldn't like it to be reduced to just questions. However, I do agree that some 'weird' postings have appeared of late but fingers crossed its just a phase.
All is not as it may seem?