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Training professionals turn to the written word to develop own skills


The written word holds firm for those involved in training and development looking to improve their own skills, according to TrainingZONE's latest poll.

The quick survey, run to co-incide with last month's trainer development feature, which asked members to choose the most common method of skills development they used themselves, found that 44% of respondents used books, magazines and other written sources of information such as TrainingZONE itself to build on their own knowledge.

A futher 18% said they networked with other colleagues to develop their own understanding, while 15% said they themselves attended courses and 8% attended conferences and exhibitions.

Worryingly, 14% said they never got the time to focus on their own development needs.

Poll results: How do you develop your own skills as a trainer or Training Manager?

I never get time to focus on my own development10 Votes / 14%
Attend open courses 11 Votes / 15%
Read books, magazines and other publications31 Votes / 44%
Network with colleagues13 Votes / 18%
Attend professional conferences and exhibitions6 Votes / 8%

If you'd like to network with other members, Any Answers is a great place to start, with over 600 members contributing so far this year. If printed materials are of interest, TrainingZONE's reviews area offers over 150 peer reviews of training-related publications which have become available in the last few years - you can read what other members say, and purchase the books yourself through our Blackwells Bookstore area - all without leaving your seat!


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