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Self development / training for trainers


As someone who took their CTP some time ago and who is now being asked to design and deliver more training courses, I would like to update my skills as a trainer. I am alarmed at how I am not even that familiar with some of the terms used (eg, accelerated learning, etc).

Any advice on courses I can attend (which I'd prefer), books I can read, etc, etc, would be very gratefully received!

Many thanks to you all.

Christine Dunford

7 Responses

  1. CPD for trainers
    Hi Christine
    Keeping up to date (CPD) is an important activity for any trainer.

    * Training Journal,
    * Training & Learning from ITOL or
    * International Journal of Training & Occupational Learning etc.

    can be a valuable CPD activity.

    As for recommending courses – this is difficult as each course has its own style, and if you are investing your own money you want to make sure you get th best impact.

    If you search this forum for recent topics in areas you are interested in I an sure you will find a number of recommendations.
    good books on A/L include:
    * the accelerated learning handbook
    * Fire-up your learning
    * The Accelerated Trainer
    * the learning revolution
    * super learning

    Other good train the trainer books include:
    * Show Biz training

    A/L trainings include:

    Hope this helps on your journey


  2. TAP Courses
    At Clearer Thoughts all our trainers have the TAP certificate in delivery skills and our course materials are written by trainers with TAP certificates in training design and development.

    We have found the TAP approach to training very beneficial as it allows delegates to learn at their own pace and makes them more involved in their learning.

    We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Training Foundation and would recommend contacting them to discuss which of their courses are right for you.

  3. Self-development / training for trainers
    Many thanks to Liz and Mike for these very helpful comments – just what I wanted.

    Any additional advice gratefully received ….

    Thank you.


  4. Book Recommendation
    Hello Christine

    Just a little thing that might set you on the right track. I found the Accelerated Learning Pocketbook to be a really nice and simple introduction to the topic. It is written by Brin Best.

    Hope that is useful.

  5. keeping skills/knowledge updated
    I know what you mean!! Sometimes, we get to that point of thinking and feeling stale, behind the times etc! The fact you participate in this site is a great start! Otherwise, read professional journals such as People Development, HR, and Training – they are great for bringing us up to speed, identifying specific areas of interest and further development, and cost effective. No-one can prescribe a set route for YOUR personal development; its a choice – but being on line and reading takes you at laest half way!!

  6. more input
    Sorry, forgot to add!

    A couple of book recommendations – am away from library so you may need to use a search engine. Two books which are my ‘Bibles’

    The Inspirational Trainer
    The Accelerated Learning Handbook

    You will know lots of stuff already – its as much about validation and reasuurance as it is about new material/concepts.

    Best of luck!

  7. Self-Development for Trainers – thank you
    And thanks to you too, Debbie – encouraging comments and very helpful.

    Much appreciated from everyone.



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