A number of training providers refer to the people they train as ‘students’. Personally, I hate this. It smacks of ‘listen to me, I know best, I’m the expert, you don’t know anything, just concentrate on passing the test’. Maybe this is because many trainers come from the world of education, and many formal qualifications still use this language.
I was a student once. I was young and penniless with no responsibilities beyond keeping myself safe, warm and fed. The whole world was unfolding before me. I had no real expectations, little real-world experience and nothing to judge the information I was given against. I simply soaked it all up with a view that it a) may come up in an exam, b) may be useful one day, or c) was interesting.
I’m now in my 40s (not so young), and thankfully not penniless. I have very many responsibilities… two kids, a mortgage and a business to run. I have amassed a fair amount of knowledge, tested it out, experienced quite a lot of ‘life’ and worked in different business environments. I’ve been put under pressure, had to work things out as I go and yes, made a few mistakes along the way.
The people who attend training or development in businesses are the same. They aren’t fresh from school or working in an ‘ideal world’. They have learned things over time and often the hard way. They work in less than perfect conditions, with awkward people, and ever-changing environments. As such, they have learned a huge amount that they can share and help to develop others. They can help me to develop too!
When I write training, it is for PARTICIPANTS. Workshops are structured to allow people to learn from each other on a theme, to recognise the experience and wisdom in the room, and to be flexible to meet the needs of the group.
If you want training for your organisation that treats people as adults, then why not get in touch?