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TrainingZone Live 2011: Listen to the speaker interviews


TrainingZone Live 2011 brought together a range of leading learning and development thinkers and practitioners. We managed to catch up with a few of them to hear more of what they talked about.

Jim Kirkpatrick

Key points from interview:

  • Start with the business rather than end with it - start with level 4 of the Kirkpatrick Business Partnership Model
  • Find the advocates for training
  • Start of return on expectations is agreeing what success looks like for the training intervention
  • Need for a new mindset for training professionals
  • Identify success and build bridge from learning to behaviour.

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Donald H Taylor, chairman of the Institute of IT Training

Key points from interview:

  • The session looked at the presuures on the training department and what we can do about these with a focus on skills
  • Key pressures: money, time, managers wanting skills training but not giving employees enough time for it
  • What are classrooms good for including emulation - watching others and emulating them
  • Key for L&D professionals is to provide different delivery mechanisms for providing content
  • Future focus for L&D teams will be on these four areas: capability building, performance support, individual learning support and organisational skills support.

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Denise Hudson-Lawson, head of ICT training and coaching for the Houses of Parliament

Key points from interview:

  • L&D must get out of the classroom
  • L&D must focus on getting well positioned in the business
  • Understand the business and provide solutions that the business requires
  • Bring together the subject experts and the training experts
  • Find a senior executive champion for L&D
  • Marketing key to visibility of team in the business.

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Nick Hindley, training, development and organisational effectiveness manager at PPD

Key points from interview:

  • Great range of speakers
  • Style of presentations - dynamic, not static
  • Good delegate participation
  • High quality of delegates
  • Exchange of best practice.

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